Posted: 1/6/2011 10:56:48
Two weeks ago (December 22) German manufacturer
PC-Aero successfully performed static testing on its Elektra One electric
aircraft for German ultralight certification. Weighing 208 pounds empty, the
aircraft with a 27-foot winspan boasts a 26:1 glide ratio, giving it 3-hour
endurance on its 21-hp electric motor.
The carbon fiber aircraft may receive
future improvements like solar cells in the wings; however, an empty weight less
than 264 pounds to qualify in the ultralight class is the main goal, thus
avoiding the requirement for a pilot medical certificate. Read more
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