Signature installs first BETA Technologies charger, more to come


Signature Aviation’s FBO at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is now home to a BETA Technologies-designed electric aircraft charger.

The private aviation terminal operator has partnered with BETA to install the charging infrastructure currently at three on-airport locations across the US east coast. In addition to the multimodal charging station at Manchester-Boston, there are two more signed agreements in place for Frederick Municipal Airport and the Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport. Discussions are also in progress for additional locations, according to BETA. The two additional sites are forecasted to be online this summer.

Derek DeCross, chief commercial officer for Signature Aviation said: “We are thrilled to further solidify our partnership with BETA, which underscores our unwavering commitment to shaping the future of aviation through our sustainability initiatives in Signature Renew. Today’s announcement is indicative of a transformative time for Signature, with our recent visual identity update focused on delivering innovative hospitality across every element of the guest journey.

“Together with BETA, we’re not only creating greater access to electric aviation but also unlocking new possibilities in regional air mobility for our guests, all while championing sustainability and innovation in the aviation industry.”

The infrastructure, which can charge both aircraft and electric vehicles, will be open to the public. BETA used an international standard (CCS) to ensure compatibility with BETA’s own all-electric aircraft, other developers’ electric aircraft, and ground EVs.

Nate Ward, BETA’s head of Network Development said: “As one of the leading private terminal operators anywhere in the world, Signature takes a forward-leaning approach to best serve their broad base of aviators. We’re excited to partner with Signature as they prepare for what comes next, and install infrastructure to enable modernisation as aviation continues to evolve. BETA has long been focused on building a reliable, accessible network of chargers for aircraft, and this collaboration represents another important pathway toward scaling our network.”

The new Signature sites join BETA’s growing network of chargers across the US. The firm has chargers online in 19 locations, with another 50 sites in the permitting or construction process. The network spanning from Vermont to Florida and across to Arkansas includes chargers purchased by the Department of Defense, regional and state-owned airports, other electric aircraft developers and FBOs.

MHT Airport Director Ted Kitchens said: “Manchester is emerging as one of the top high-tech hubs in the Northeast, and we are honoured that Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was chosen as Signature and BETA’s first operational electric aviation site. This interoperable charging station will help enable Manchester and southern New Hampshire to have better access to electric aviation, which will bring us better regional air mobility as we move into this exciting new era of electric transportation.”