Electric aircraft at Oshkosh

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Here's a waycool thing. For a couple years I've seen little bits about developments for electric aircraft .. of course most of it is the rise of UAV's being utilized by the military nowadays.. but this is a human piloted airplane being shown at the yearly Oshkosh fly-in event..

http://www.airventure.org/2008/8sun3/electra_flyer.html

It's a small airplane, one seater. The battery pack is "lithium polymer" and gives 1 hour of flying time (or so) and can recharge quickly.

I've got earlier coverage on my web site ...

Sonex Aircraft, LLC and AeroConversions Unveil E-Flight Initiative for Sport Aircraft Alternative Energy Research & Development

http://www.7gen.com/topics/electric-ultralight-aircraft

A month or so ago I was at a professional conference about running online community. Some of the people attending were running huge communities such as the forums related to some online video games (don't remember the name).

Anyway this one pair of guys had badges saying "Experimental Aircraft Association". I'd mentioned I do EV's and run this forum about EV's and that got a bunch of people talking to me about EV's ... including a lady from Consumer Union who said that on their forum people were starting to ask whether the EMF emissions from hybrid cars might be damaging like how cell phone radiation is damaging. Hmm..

Anyway the EAA guy asked me if I'd known about these electric airplanes. Since I'd read about last years reports, yes, I did know a bit.

He was also amused to learn of "the other EAA" .. because, the Electric Auto Association also uses the initials 'EAA'.

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Re: Electric aircraft at Oshkosh

Sonex wrote:

The aircraft would fulfill it’s record-attempt mission, however, it would only have an endurance of approximately 10 minutes.

I don't know what to say about that. Enough power to get to the tarmac, and that's it?

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I couldn't help but look at the web page, and notice how they took a Cesna airplane, and made it electric (atleast I am pretty sure that's a cesna).
ElectraFlyer C, hmmmmm.

----> airplane nut, especially old World War II aircraft.

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Re: Electric aircraft at Oshkosh

Sort of relevant is the hydrogen hyperjet.

It's also twice as fast as the concorde at a speed of mach 5 (3,400mph). ._.

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http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/08/the-company-cla.html

here is one capable to nearly 2 hour flights and can hit 70 to 90 MPH.

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