Electric aviation: BETA Technologies plans mass New York expansion

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled BETA Technologies’ ambitious $41 million expansion plan at Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG).

This partnership signifies a major leap forward in electric aviation, reinforcing New York State’s commitment to clean transportation and a sustainable economy.

BETA’s Vision for Plattsburgh, New York

BETA Technologies, renowned for its cutting-edge electric aircraft, is set to transform its Plattsburgh facility into a state-of-the-art manufacturing and final assembly hub.

This upgraded center will not only conduct final flight testing, aircraft painting, and customer delivery but also establish a permanent flight test and delivery center.

As part of the expansion deal, BETA Technologies has pledged to create 85 full-time jobs, solidifying its commitment to the local community.

This commitment is backed by a $20 million grant from Empire State Development’s Regional Economic and Community Assistance Program.


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New York Governor Kathy Hochul emphasized, “This expansion of BETA Technologies is exactly the kind of growth and innovation that’s supercharging New York’s economy for the 21st Century.”

BETA’s Clean Aviation Milestones

For the past five years, BETA’s flight test center at Plattsburgh International Airport has been the epicenter of groundbreaking achievements.

From the longest recorded flight of 336 nautical miles to securing contracts with global operators and the U.S. Air Force and Army, BETA is pioneering clean aviation.

The company’s all-electric aircraft, generating zero operational emissions, has garnered firm orders from industry giants like UPS, United Therapeutics, and more.

Nationwide Electric Network

Beyond aircraft innovation, BETA is shaping the future with a nationwide electric charging network.

With 15 locations already equipped and 55 more in production, including key airports like Elmira and Albany International, BETA is contributing to the broader shift toward sustainable transportation.

Investing in Education

BETA Technologies isn’t just about aircraft; it’s investing in the workforce of tomorrow. Partnering with universities like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Clarkson University, BETA is actively involved in career fairs and student design challenges.

Collaboration with Champlain Valley Educational School aims to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing and electric aviation.

Governor Hochul’s Green Vision

Governor Hochul’s commitment to a greener economy aligns seamlessly with BETA’s expansion. The state’s investment of over $1 billion in zero-emission vehicles and the mandate for all new vehicles to be zero emissions by 2035 demonstrates a holistic approach to sustainable transportation infrastructure.

The North Country, home to a cluster of transportation equipment and aerospace companies, stands as a testament to New York’s strategic investments.

With nearly 1,000 jobs and a significant contribution to the state’s GDP, the aerospace sector is a vital component of the North Country’s economic landscape.

Praise for the Expansion

Empire State Development president, CEO, and commissioner Hope Knight lauded BETA’s New York expansion, emphasizing its contribution to sustainable economic development.

State Senator Dan Stec and Assembly member Billy Jones echoed the sentiment, highlighting the importance of partnerships with cutting-edge companies like BETA in fostering regional growth.

Local leaders, including Clinton County Legislature chairman Mark Henry and Plattsburgh Town supervisor Michael S. Cashman, expressed gratitude for Governor Hochul’s commitment.

Michele Friedman, director of career and technical education at Champlain Valley Educational Services, praised the partnership, emphasizing its role in unlocking unique opportunities for North Country students.

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