CANADA - First Electric Commercial Flight

Arno Froese

An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada, in what the operators describe as a “world first” for the aviation industry.

The short test flight by Harbour Air and magniX involved a six-passenger aircraft fitted with an electric motor.

“This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation—the electric age,” Harbour Air and magniX said in a statement.

Canadian seaplane operator Harbour Air hopes to electrify its entire fleet by 2022, provided it secures safety and regulatory approvals.

Shifting to electric engines is seen as one way to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector.

It comes amid growing concern from travelers over the polluting impacts of flying.

In the UK, aviation is set to be the biggest source of emissions by 2050.

A recent survey by Swiss bank UBS found people are beginning to cut air travel over concern for the environment—as the Swedish concept of “flygskam” or “flight shame” appeared to spread.

“The [flight] range now is not where we’d love it to be, but it’s enough to start the revolution,” said magniX chief executive Roei Ganzarski, the news agency reported.

-www.bbc.com, 11 December 2019

Arno's commentary

This historic flight has caught the attention of the aviation industry. Quite obviously, it’s a long way off to transport large numbers of people or merchandise across the ocean.

What is the motivating factor behind this? One word: ecology. Webster defines this as “the complex of relations between a specific organism and its environment.” Suddenly, the world has become aware of the functionality of planet earth, but without the Creator. Ecology, the protection of the environment, has made great impact on the political world. In European countries, where a higher level of democracy is practiced (governments made up of multiple parties), the Green Party leads on this issue; it continues to increase in strength year by year.

What does the Bible say? “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18). The emphasis is placed on “them which destroy the earth.” Relating to the word “destroy,” the Lord’s words are significant: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

The physical planet earth is created by God and is subject to the Creator. The prophet Jeremiah writes: “O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord” (Jeremiah 22:29). Here it’s obviously addressed to mankind, who lives on earth. Thus, the question arises, is man able to destroy the earth? Our answer is unilaterally no. Why? Because of the promise found in Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Isaiah 54:9 confirms: “For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.”

Thus, we see ecology—in reality a religion—unites the people of the world, just as prophesied in Scripture: “for they all will have one mind.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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