April 15, 2011
Shanghai-based Yuneec International has carved a wide swath through general aviation’s aviation electric motor market, and the company’s e430 two-seater has won wide acclaim among followers of the electric-power movement. In an interview, Yuneec Chairman Tian Yu said that his company is now working on its e1000—a four-seat design powered by a pair of 45-kilowatt (for a total of about 120 hp) electrical motors mounted in tandem.
“The goal is a 110-mph airplane that can fly 300 [statute] miles and have an endurance of three hours,” he said.
Tian, who recently earned his private pilot certificate in California, began in the electric-motor business by making remote-controlled aircraft. “That’s what pays the bills,” he said. “And made it possible for me to go into aviation.” If successful, the e1000 will no doubt further revolutionize the GA electric movement.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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