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Israeli aircraft company Eviation announces Prescott as new US headquarters

Eviation debuted its all-electric, zero-emission regional aircraft in June 2017. (Courtesy)

Eviation debuted its all-electric, zero-emission regional aircraft in June 2017. (Courtesy)

Eviation, an Israeli startup pioneering the industry’s first all-electric aircraft, selected Prescott for its U.S. corporate headquarters, the company and city announced in a news release Thursday, Aug. 2.

Eviation will open an office this month at the former Guidance Aviation building at Prescott Municipal Airport.

The decision came following months of discussions in the greater community, and across the state.

“We met with their CEO, Omer Bar-Yohay and his team twice over the course of the past year, and connected them with local resources like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Yavapai College and others,” Prescott City Manager Michael Lamar said.

“Our Economic Development Consultant Jim Robb connected them with local resources, stakeholders, investment and commercial space.”

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli said he was pleased with the announcement.

“Eviation is the type of high-technology company that we have been seeking for Prescott,” Mengarelli said. “Their presence here opens the door to collaboration with our local colleges and universities, and the possibility of sustainable jobs for Prescott’s citizens.”

According to the company, the Prescott area was attractive to Eviation for a number of reasons. One of the reasons was the local presence of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, Lieb Bolel, president and CEO of Arizona Israel Technology Alliance in Phoenix, was another major influence on the company’s move, the release said.

Eviation debuted its all-electric, zero-emission regional aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June 2017. The plane on display was a model version of a 40-foot aircraft that will be able to travel 650 miles on a single charge with nine passengers onboard. Called the Alice Commuter, the plane will be quiet and emission-free with three electric motors.

The company is currently flying and testing Orca, a smaller unmanned version of the commuter plane that has no passengers.

Information provided by City of Prescott.