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COLUMBUS, Miss. / February 15, 2024 / AVIATION NEWS – On Monday, BETA Technologies flew its all-electric ALIA aircraft into Golden Triangle Regional Airport, conducting the inaugural charge on the newly commissioned airside charger.

Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) has partnered with BETA, an electric aerospace company based in Burlington, Vermont, and Avflight, a global fixed-base operator, to install and commission the first-ever electric aviation charging station in the state of Mississippi.  4-County Electric Power Association served as the utility partner in bringing these chargers online for public access at the regional airport.

BETA’s charging stations are multimodal and interoperable, capable of powering electric aircraft and ground vehicles alike.  The chargers are designed with the combined charging system standard to prioritize vehicle compatibility — offering universal utility to benefit the varied patrons of Avflight and GTR.

“The Golden Triangle Regional Airport is excited to announce the opening of Mississippi’s first electric aircraft charger,” says Executive Director Matt Dowell.  “This new installation is a significant step toward advancing the airport and region’s aviation infrastructure and supporting the growth of electric aircraft technology.”

Executive Director of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, Joe Max Higgins, adds, “The Golden Triangle region is at the forefront of economic development in the Southeast.  BETA’s decision to place the state’s first electric charging station for aircraft at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport is an indication that we are bringing leading technology to our state.”

GTR has installed one Level 3 Fast-Charger located inside the fence (air side), which will primarily be used by electric aircraft, and one Level 2 Charger located outside the fence (car side), which will primarily be used by members of the public who drive electric vehicles.  With this new infrastructure, the airport is well-positioned to support the electric transportation future.

“As electric transportation continues to grow, and electric aviation specifically moves closer to market operations, charging infrastructure will only become more and more important,” states Nate Ward, BETA’s Head of Network Development.  “We’re excited to have partners like Golden Triangle Regional and Avflight, whose foresight and innovative approach are leading the entire state of Mississippi forward.  As we continue to deploy our chargers in key markets, and as the entire industry continues to grow, these chargers will help accelerate connectivity across the country.”

“We are proud to have collaborated with airport leadership and BETA Technologies to bring the latest in sustainable energy to GTR,” says Garrett Hain, Avflight’s Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.  “By offering a fast commercial charging station on the Avflight ramp, along with a dual port electric vehicle charger for the parking lot, we’re able to host an array of sustainably-powered vehicles, including industry-leading options, like BETA’s ALIA-250 Aircraft.  It’s not only an investment in our FBO and airport, but also an investment in our community and environment.”

To celebrate this milestone, GTR held a commissioning event on February 9, with representatives from GTR, BETA, and Avflight in attendance.  BETA also flew its all-electric ALIA aircraft into GTR to receive the inaugural airside charge.  The aircraft — one of two configurations BETA is currently developing and certifying with the FAA — arrived in Mississippi following a demonstration in Houma, Louisiana, with partners at Bristow, and a months-long deployment with the U.S. Air Force at Duke Field in Florida.

“This project marks an exciting advancement in aviation, and we’re proud Neel-Schaffer contributed to bringing Mississippi its first electric aircraft charging station,” shares Joshua P. Stump, P.E., Senior Project Manager at Neel-Schaffer, Inc.  “Our team was honored to conduct plan reviews to optimize for future development and create a safety action plan for the project.  We’re excited to see the project used by the aviation community, as it truly represents innovation and the future of aviation engineering.”

This effort was a collaboration among many entities including Mississippi State University.

Rob Premo, Director of MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, notes, “Raspet shares BETA’s future – a focused approach to redefine the limits of modern aviation.  The location of BETA’s new charging facility at GTR promises to create expanded opportunities for us to work together to further advance aviation research as we continue to explore safe integration of our national airspace.”

“We are thrilled that BETA Technologies has chosen to lease land to operate an aircraft electrical charging facility near Mississippi State University, home to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ASSURE) and the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory,” adds Stephen P. Luxion, Executive Director of ASSURE.  “Previous collaboration with BETA in surveying and forecasting the AAM industry for the FAA has laid the groundwork for safely integrating this this emerging technology into the nation’s airspace.  With BETA right next door, we eagerly anticipate future opportunities to join forces and propel this new technology to new heights.”

This new charge site in Mississippi is part of a growing national network of electric infrastructure that BETA is building out across the U.S.  Over the past several months, BETA has commissioned five chargers in five states and has sold chargers to the Department of Defense, Atlantic Aviation and Archer Aviation.  Currently, BETA has chargers online at 18 site locations from Vermont to Arkansas, Alabama and Florida — with more than 55 additional sites in development for public and private use by commercial, military and medical entities.

 

ABOUT AVFLIGHT

Avflight operates a network of strategically-located, full-service FBOs across North America and Europe. All Avflight locations provide full fueling and line-service operations as well as a wide variety of amenities. Customers range from corporate jet traffic to freight and cargo companies, as well as charter operations and small aircraft. Each Avflight location is staffed by experienced professionals who undergo continual training to ensure that each customer and aircraft receive the safest, most efficient and friendliest service. Avflight is part of the Avfuel-Branded Network of 675+ FBOs around the globe.

Contact:

Garrett Hain, Vice President Finance & Treasurer

Avflight Corporation

734.663.6466

[email protected]

 

ABOUT AVFUEL CORPORATION

Avfuel provides fuel and services to the global aviation industry and is the leading independent supplier in the United  States. Established as a supply and logistics company 45 years ago, Avfuel is core competent in every aspect that  surrounds the delivery of fuel – from refinery to wingtip. Avfuel combines global access with personalized service throughout a fueling network of more than 3,000 locations worldwide and 650+ Avfuel-branded dealers. Our 100% dedication to aviation demonstrates our passion and commitment to a global community that prospers on the movement of goods and services around the world.

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