An odd-looking little airplane’s first flight in Austria on Oct. 31 was something of a milestone for aviation. That 20-min. flight from Wiener Neustadt East Airport was heralded as the first in the world by an aircraft with multi-engine hybrid-electric propulsion. The modified Diamond DA40 piston single represents the latest step down a rapidly unfolding path from very light, short-range battery-powered electric aircraft to hybrid- and distributed-electric regional aircraft ...

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