Elfly Group, developers of all-electric seaplane programme ‘Noemi’, (No Emissions) last week moved into new facilities at Torp (Sandefjord) Airport in southern Norway. The expanding company has taken 1,160 sqm office and workshop space in the airport’s large 1,700 hangar, where it plans to build the first full-scale ‘Noemi.’ Elfly’s new home offers plenty of space to expand as its programme ramps up. Testing and validations will also be undertaken there.
Neighbours include the Norwegian Air Ambulance and its expanding fleet of emergency medical services (HEMS) H135 and H145 helicopters; several flying schools and training establishments and regional airline Wideroe’s Dash 8-Q400 maintenance facility.
Elfly is developing a full-scale prototype of its Noemi seaplane in collaboration with the Norwegian Government, with funding newly secured from Enova SF. Building is on schedule to commence this summer.
In readiness, Elfly’s team has swelled to 30 with senior engineers recently joining from Airbus, Pilatus Aircraft, HondaJet, Dornier Seawings and Heart Aerospace.
Largest privately-owned airport in Norway
Torp Airport, owned by municipality of Sandefjord and Vestfold county, together with Vestfold Flyplassinvest AS, is the largest privately-owned airport in Norway, positioned 110 km southwest of Oslo, with a full-scale NATO standard runway. It enjoys international and national scheduled air services from Wideroe, Ryanair, Air Baltic, Norwegian and Wizz Air, along with various charter flights.
“Torp Airport is an excellent new location for us to build and engineer, while we retain our business unit in Bergen,” said Elfly founder and CEO Eric Lithun. It affords us plenty of space to grow for testing and also as we ramp up our team this year. Moreover, the airport’s dynamic management are very enthused by our plans to return seaplane travel to the fjords and lakes of Norway – and beyond, using electric power. Our goal is to fly the first Noemi prototype in 2026.”
“We at Torp are thrilled of the news that Elfly has chosen our airport as their hub for developing next generation seaplanes,” commented Gisle Skansen, CEO of TORP Sandefjord Airport. “TORP is encouraging Elfly in its efforts to introduce zero-emission aircraft, as electric planes undoubtedly, will contribute towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly aviation. We look forward to following their progress very closely as a valued new tenant,” he said.
The Elfly Group, established in Bergen, Norway in 2018, aims to bring environmentally friendly aviation to Norway initially and then to the rest of the world. Its leading programme is a modern-day amphibious aircraft with batteries and two electric engines, inspired by the venerable de Havilland Twin Otter and Grumman’s Mallard. Called ‘Noemi’ (No Emissions), its seaplane is designed for 200-km. air journeys. The prototype (experimental version) of Noemi is being readied for flight in 2026. It will have an unpressurized cabin and be powered by two electric motors with up to 1MW combined output.
Its design is part of a research project, funded by private investors and the Research Council of Norway (RCN).
The full-scale prototype is a project in collaboration with the Norwegian government, with funding from Enova SF.
Elfly is working to obtain certification for its test vehicle to CS23 Level 4, which will enable the aircraft to evolve up to a 19-seat seaplane. Initially, it will be offered as a business/executive cabin with nine seats, plus luggage; complemented by a VIP layout with six seats. A tourist pleasure flight model with 13 seats, minus baggage, will also be offered. In a nod to its flexible functionality, cargo and medevac versions are planned.
For more information, visit: www.el-fly.no