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German electric airplane completes first flight
aopa.org ^ | 25 Mar 2011 | Alton Marsh

Posted on 03/29/2011 10:17:49 AM PDT by smokingfrog

Electric airplanes are getting more numerous, with the latest making its initial flight in Augsburg, Germany. The Elektra One, developed by Calin Gologan of PC-Aero, was flown by test pilot Jon Karkow.

Since that flight, the aircraft has completed an additional three flights for up to 30 minutes. It will next be upgraded with a variable pitch prop and retractable landing gear.

Karkow was the project leader and test pilot for the around-the-world Virgin Global Flyer, and more recently served as technical program manager for the Virgin Galactic commercial space program at Scaled Composites in California.

The single-seat Elektra One is claimed to have a three-hour endurance using rechargeable batteries and a range of more than 216 nm. The aircraft has a payload of 220 pounds and claimed to cruise at 86 knots.

It is the first of a family of airplanes. The Elektra Two will carry two passengers, while the Elektra Four will carry four. Half of the design work is completed for the two-seat model.

Every electric airplane needs a solar-powered hangar, right? After all, there is a lot of battery recharging to do between flights. Elektra One comes with its own solar-powered hangar. The complete system, airplane and hangar, will enter the market at a goal price of $141,300, a variable price based on the Euro.

The aircraft will first be offered in Germany in the Ultralight class, or it can be sold in the US as Experimental when it comes to market. Eventually it will be sold as a U.S. light sport aircraft, when ASTM standards are completed for electric aircraft. That could take one to two years, designer Gologan said in a telephone interview from Germany. Gologan will complete German and ASTM certification, and then sell the project to Neo Wings for serious production.

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TOPICS: Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aircraft; elektraone; flying

1 posted on 03/29/2011 10:17:52 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

I believe this is what George Jetson drove to work.


2 posted on 03/29/2011 10:20:17 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: smokingfrog

Looks pretty sweet.

3 posted on 03/29/2011 10:20:16 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Hodar

Effective range 30 NM just like a dolt?


4 posted on 03/29/2011 10:22:59 AM PDT by databoss
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To: smokingfrog

Does the emergency rubber band run between the legs.


5 posted on 03/29/2011 10:24:24 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: smokingfrog
In a multiplace, this might be a good idea for a lot of people in my area. Flying short flights, 40 miles or less, out to the San Juan Islands is a common way for people to get around. Don't know if you really need retractable gear or anything else that competes with the limited battery juice. Back to vacuum driven instruments.

Unfortunately, by the time they get a 4 seater out, who knows what the price will be.

6 posted on 03/29/2011 10:25:49 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: databoss

Three hour endurance.


7 posted on 03/29/2011 10:26:37 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

Think how quiet this puppy is. Man, you can scare the #@*#@& out of geese.


8 posted on 03/29/2011 10:28:39 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: smokingfrog

I’d bet the farm this dog has a ballistic recovery system and I still wouldn’t get on board.


9 posted on 03/29/2011 10:31:44 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy, the man is too small.)
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To: smokingfrog

King sized Air Hogg.


10 posted on 03/29/2011 10:33:36 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: smokingfrog

Being electric and flying, I have to wonder why there is no “solar panel” molded into the composite structure to charge the batteries while flying. Solar Cells are light in weight and it is a VFR plane afterall. Anyway, $141K is rediculously expensive.


11 posted on 03/29/2011 10:33:43 AM PDT by bbernard
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To: Joe Boucher

Not on a bet would I get on board.


12 posted on 03/29/2011 10:36:17 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Have you terrorized a terrorist today?)
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To: smokingfrog

Is it coin operated?


13 posted on 03/29/2011 10:38:50 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Hodar
A friend & I were working on an electric plane 20 years ago, except it was to be powered with kerosene fuel cells developed by the Russians(Boeing was thinking of using them as aux power on their commercial jets.

We were going to use a ceramic electric motor of 300 HP powered by 6 of the fuel cells( about 1.5 cubic feet each. It took about 15 minutes to fire up one, then fire up the rest so a minimum of 1/2 hour before flight. Efficency was about 52 to 60%. Total weight of system was the same as a IO 550 with he same HP.

So with equal fuel loads range was doubled, and no altitude penalty.

One killer problem - The fuel cells cost about $60,000 each and the capillary system in the internal ceramic would plug with the contaminants in the kerosene fairly quickly.

I think GM produced a few fuel cell powered cars in the 70’s - Oh well - maybe fusion will work someday.

14 posted on 03/29/2011 10:38:50 AM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: bbernard

Was wondering the same exact thing. Lots of surface area for cells.


15 posted on 03/29/2011 10:39:52 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Hodar

You wouldn’t need $650 dollar Bose headsets.


16 posted on 03/29/2011 10:40:24 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: bbernard

Looking at the size of the craft, you may be able to make 300 watts in full sun.

I don’t know how big the batteries are or the power usage but during a 3 hour flight, solar cells would only add another kilowatt hour under optimum conditions.

I suppose if you ran out of juice out in the desert, you could recharge the batteries after a few days and fly out.


17 posted on 03/29/2011 10:40:40 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: smokingfrog

18 posted on 03/29/2011 10:42:34 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: USNBandit

So that 2 hours flying time with ample landing reserved at 85 knots effective range 150 miles ...maybe 180 with tailwind..
Think glider!


19 posted on 03/29/2011 10:42:47 AM PDT by databoss
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To: bbernard

It includes a hangar with solar panels. I have a friend that factory built a Glassair Sportsman and by the time he got done getting avionics he was over $200k. It’s a really nice airplane, though.


20 posted on 03/29/2011 10:43:27 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: smokingfrog

Just fly into a thunderstorm and recharge the batteries.


21 posted on 03/29/2011 10:43:42 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: smokingfrog; All

I’d rather bring back the “Gossamer Albatross” Totally enviro ANd cardio friendly..


22 posted on 03/29/2011 10:45:10 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: databoss

It isn’t going to be a cross country machine, that’s for sure.


23 posted on 03/29/2011 10:45:30 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: smokingfrog

People talk about “range anxiety” associated with all-electric cars; when this baby runs out of juice, you can’t just coast over to the side of the road.


24 posted on 03/29/2011 10:56:56 AM PDT by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: USNBandit

There is no way it could do without the retractable gear. It wouldn’t be able to get as good a range with the gear out all the time. But maybe such things are human powered.

The chief danger would be unanticipated flight delays. An electric car that’s about to fizzle can at least usually be pulled to the shoulder. What would occupants have to do here, bail with parachutes and let the craft crash?


25 posted on 03/29/2011 10:58:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: USNBandit

I’d bring some swim gear in case a headwind shows up unexpectedly.


26 posted on 03/29/2011 11:04:49 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Would you get in a glider?

That’s all any aircraft is when the engine stops functioning.


27 posted on 03/29/2011 11:07:12 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: smokingfrog

Let’s see how popular these things are when the left shuts down more nuclear power plants.


28 posted on 03/29/2011 11:08:23 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: USNBandit
Flying short flights, 40 miles or less, out to the San Juan Islands is a common way for people to get around.

I don't know if I'd want to get into one of these things at all, let alone over a body of water.

29 posted on 03/29/2011 11:13:44 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: 45Auto

That’s what you call “no runway” anxiety - or “landing on a public highway” anxiety.


30 posted on 03/29/2011 11:14:05 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: org.whodat

Down to Home Depot to buy a few pallets of power cords . . .


31 posted on 03/29/2011 11:15:28 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of kinetic military action.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

No different than any other kind of short range airplane. I flew a small fighter in the Navy that didn’t have “real” IFR reserves. You pretty much had to check weather on the way in a lot of cases and make a decision before you got to your intended destination.


32 posted on 03/29/2011 11:15:40 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: All

Its innovators like this that have always moved things forward, unlike GM ...

I have a feeling the builder/flier of an electric airplane is more up to speed with reality..than the GM Volt crowd is.


33 posted on 03/29/2011 11:24:35 AM PDT by uncle fenders
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To: org.whodat

Great.......A ground power unit with a propeller. I guess they can fly it to your plane parked on the ramp for auxiliary power until you’re ready to fly.


34 posted on 03/29/2011 11:30:33 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: USNBandit

“You wouldn’t need $650 dollar Bose headsets.”

LOL Excellent point!


35 posted on 03/29/2011 11:31:25 AM PDT by cld51860
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To: USNBandit

I could see this as a type of UAV, very silent.


36 posted on 03/29/2011 11:31:53 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Imagine filing VFR on top? Hoping that the ceiling of 600feet becomes thin-scattered at your destination? At night? I’m not a user of landing lights on purpose, but this is a lawsuit waiting for a litigant.


37 posted on 03/29/2011 11:34:40 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: uncle fenders

Cessna is looking to do this with one of their smaller aircraft, as well. They seem to think that the majority of instructional flights are about an hour. Not sure what the turn around time to charge would be.


38 posted on 03/29/2011 12:16:34 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Hodar

Will the commercial deluxe version be called the ElectroLux!

39 posted on 03/29/2011 12:16:39 PM PDT by chainsaw
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To: Malone LaVeigh

That thing looks like it will float real good.


40 posted on 03/29/2011 12:22:43 PM PDT by chainsaw
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To: smokingfrog
How long is the cord?


41 posted on 03/29/2011 12:23:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: USNBandit

They could use interchangable batteries like a fork lift.


42 posted on 03/29/2011 12:28:55 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: dangerdoc

The biggest obstacle to that would be the FAA. I’m sure they could write a 1000 page book of regulations for it. The article I read in “Flying” magazine said they were going to put the batteries in the wing, the space currently filled with fuel.


43 posted on 03/29/2011 12:40:05 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: smokingfrog

44 posted on 03/29/2011 12:48:00 PM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: B4Ranch

“Would you get in a glider?”

Umm.. no. Plus, that doesn’t look like a glider. It looks like a brick with a propeller.


45 posted on 03/29/2011 7:06:52 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Have you terrorized a terrorist today?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

All the single engine prop planes look like that. Funny how we/I have got all that confidence in four banger Lycoming with lots of parts to fail and none in this cute puppy. LOL


46 posted on 03/29/2011 7:23:56 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam in America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are)
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