The Future is Electric, and Attracting Attention

Dean Sigler Electric Powerplants, Sustainable Aviation, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

FlightGlobal.com, the online version of Flight International Magazine, has an overview of the electric aircraft scene in its April 6, 2010 release.   Among the many producers and proponents of electric flight noted in the article, Dr. Brien Seeley of the CAFE Foundation is quoted extensively, as is Calin Gologan of PC-Aero in Germany, both to present at the fourth annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, at Rohnert Park, California on April 23 and 24.  The article ponders the hopes of two hybrid electric aircraft powerplant developers, George Bye, featured in a February 21 entry in this blog, and Flight Design’s Oliver Reinhardt, the firm’s technical director.  Both face the issue of retrofitting existing light planes with their new engines, and the challenge …

EAS IV is Your Ticket to an Electric Aircraft Future

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This press release from the CAFE Foundation speaks for itself. The fourth symposium of its kind is an international, multidiscipline gathering which will  influence the very future of aviation. Santa Rosa, CA., Mar. 1, 2010 – The Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation’s 4th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS IV) will convene a renowned faculty of experts on electric aircraft technologies on April 23-24, 2010, at the Doubletree Inn in Rohnert Park, California. The networking program will consist of presentations and exhibits on bio-fuel hybrids, advanced electric motors, solar panels, sailplane technology, fuel cells, future technology for batteries, battery safety during charging, propeller noise reduction, autonomous flight controls, drag reduction, vertical takeoff designs and NASA’s Green Flight Challenge competition. Each …

A Smart Electrical System for GA

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Dr. Seeley made this available to Green Flight Challenge competitors. As a follow-on to your ideas for simplifying pilot licenses that I presented at Electric Aircraft Symposium III: Here is a link to a very encouraging development debuted at Sun & Fun: A comprehensive, integrated, smart electrical system for GA from Marc Ausman at Vertical Power Corporation ($1500 – $12,000). This looks like a very helpful reducer of pilot workload to help make flying simpler. The more up-scale versions offer redundancy and this technology should save weight and free up panel space as well. Also, the array of COTS eCFI/flight control options from MGL Avionics is very impressive too. Sure wish I had time to build a homebuilt aircraft with …