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Friday, September 24, 2010

First Flight Cricri Electric engine

September 9, 2010 The all-electric Cri Cri, the first airplane acrobatics of the four engines, made his first official flight to Le Bourget airport near Paris last week (September 3). The morning flight was good, all systems worked well, and the pilot reported an excellent maneuverability. Although it was a great flight was relatively short as Chrissy returned to Earth after seven minutes. The Cri Cri was developed to sail for 30 minutes at 59 knots and reach speeds of 135 knots acrobatics and climbing to 1,000 feet per minute.

The aerobatics team includes many innovative technologies such as Composite, that reduce the weight of the cell and compensate for the added weight of the batteries, four brushless electric motors with propellers, CO2 emissions have, without drive noise emissions and significantly to lithium batteries of low comparatively high thermal energy density.

The Cri Cri-test is a system integration with low electric technologies in support of projects such as our hybrid drive system for helicopters, said Jean Botti, Chief Technology Officer of EADS. We hope to get many useful information about this project. In the near future will power the battery is not capable of large aircraft.

The Cri Cri-was jointly organized by EADS Innovation Works, Aerospace Saintonge compounds, and the Association of Cri Cri-developed green.

Monday, August 30, 2010

EADS Cricri 4 electric engine

EADS Inovations unveiled 4 engine electric-powered CriCri Aircraft. This small aircraft used composite materials instead of metal to reduce overall weight and make room for the high-energy-density lithium batteries. Those cells provide power to four brushless electric motors – two mounted back-to-back on nose pods on each side - with counter-rotating propellers.

This EADS Cricri has performance: 30 minutes of cruise flight at 110 km/h (68 mph); 15 minutes of full aerobatics at up to 250 km/h (155 mph); and a climb rate of approximately 5.3 m/sec (1,020 fpm). (eaa.org)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Terrafugia flying car gets a break from the FAA

With only 20 hours of flying time, you too could become licensed to fly the Terrafugia, the flying car.

Terrafugia has received an examption from the FAA to be classified as a "light sport aircraft" even though it is 110 pounds over the required takeoff weight for the classification.

The Terrafugia Transition, as the model is known, hits the scales at 1,430 pounds max. If the waiver had not been granted, buyers would have been required to have more flying time before they could get behind the wheel, er, stick, er, whatever.

The extra weight was built in to take care of the airbags, crumple zones and other safety requirements of modern cars. The flying car is actually safer than other private aircraft, the company argues, because it gives pilots the option of driving, rather than flying, to a destination in bad weather.

Flight tests are expected to start next spring, Vice President Sam Schweighart tell Drive On, and deliveries could begin by the end of 2011. The "roadable plane" fits in home garages, run on either high-octane gas or aviation fuel, gets 30 to 35 miles a gallon on the ground and 5 gallons an hour in the air and has a range of 460 miles, the Associated Press says. It cruises at 115 miles per hour -- in the air. (usatoday.com)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Icon A5 Light Aircraft

The Icon A5 aircraft is a 2-seater sports airplane for the masses. It is solely designed for personal use. ICON A5 is lighter in weight and is amphibious with retractable landing gear for flying off in both water and land. Different features of this aircraft include carbon fiber airframe, folding wings, and unique engine that allow it to run on both aviation gas and auto. Now you do not need think of any destination in order to spend your vacations because ICON A5 can make your coming vacations unforgettable and absolutely safe. It is safe because it has propeller guard and built-in parachute that can be easily used in case of any emergency, very useful aircraft.
ICON A5 sport aircraft
ICON A5 sport aircraft

From the website:
Introducing a new dimension to sport flying.
A new, light sport aircraft manufacturer, ICON Aircraft, started with the vision that planes should be designed with the consumer in mind first. Founded out of Stanford Graduate School of Business by Kirk Hawkins, an accomplished engineer and former U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot, ICON Aircraft conducted years of thorough research to develop an industrial design that has evolved to become ICON’s first model, the ICON A5.

A long-time powersports enthusiast, Hawkins’ dream for the potential of sport flying became possible when he first heard of the FAA’s rule changes forlight sport aircraft in 2004. As he witnessed what the Yamaha Waverunner did for personal watercraft in 1980’s, Hawkins believed a consumer-oriented sport plane could do the same for recreational flying.
ICON A5 sport aircraft
Early on, Hawkins began assembling investors and world-class design and engineering talent to bring the vision to reality. ICON Aircraft eventually set up its headquarters and development facility in Southern California, a region known for having the world’s largest concentration of aerospace resources as well as the world’s leading automobile design and development resources.
Advising along the way have been top academic professionals, business leaders in aviation and powersports, and directors of award-winning product design firms like IDEO and BMW DesignWorks USA.
ICON A5 sport aircraft
Leading the charge to bring the design into production is an engineering and fabrication team that previously worked on such notable projects as the Virgin Global Flyer and X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, among many other significant aircraft and aerospace projects at Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites in nearby Mojave, Calif.
Specs and features:
ICON A5 — Amphibian Special-Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA)
*BASE PRICE (A5 Amphibian): $139,000 USD

- Seats: 2
- Maximum Weight: 1430 lbs
- Useful Load: 430 lbs (minimum)
- Baggage: 60 lbs (maximum)
- Fuel (Auto Gas or Av Gas): 20 gal
- Maximum Speed (Vh): 105 kts (120 mph)
- Range: 300 nm
- Takeoff & Landing Distance: 750 ft
- Engine (Rotax 912 ULS): 100 hp

Performance specifications are estimates only.
Final performance specifications will be verified during flight-testing.

- Interior Cockpit Width: 46 in
- Wing Span: 34 ft
- Aircraft Length: 22 ft
- Trailered Width: 8.5 ft
- Trailered Length: 28 ft

- Folding wings (manual or automatic)
- Retractable Landing Gear (on ICON A5 Amphibian)
- Seawings, platforms for easy access and docking
- Custom aircraft towing trailer (optional)
- Headlights and flood lights

- High-performance composite airframe
- Amphibious design (flies off land or water)
- Custom, patent-pending, high-performance airfoil
- Rear mounted, 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS Engine
- Runs on auto gasoline or aviation gasoline

ICON A5 sport aircraft
- Intuitive, sportscar-like cockpit
- Comfortable, side-by-side seating
- GPS moving map
- iPod in-flight music port
- High-visibility canopy
- Flight with removable side windows
- Multiple storage compartments
- Glass cockpit for night VFR (optional)

- Predictable, docile flying characteristics
- Complete Airplane Parachute, CAP (optional)
- Patent-pending PropellerGuardâ„¢
- Wing Angle of Attack Indicator (AoA)
Seaplane only version, the ICON S5, is an available model, and will not include the Retractable Landing Gear. Options and price will vary on the ICON S5.

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