Electric E-Fan Aircraft Successfully Completes First Public Test Flight -Video

4 months ago by Mark Kane 9

Airbus Group’s E-Fan. From left to right: Didier Esteyne – E-Fan Pilot Francis Deborde, Gérant of ACS Dominique Bonnaire, E-Fan Pilot Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Economy, Industrial Renewal and Digital Economy Patrick Gandil, Directeur Général de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) Jean Botti, CTO Airbus Group

Airbus Group’s E-Fan. From left to right: Didier Esteyne – E-Fan Pilot Francis Deborde, Gérant of ACS Dominique Bonnaire, E-Fan Pilot Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Economy, Industrial Renewal and Digital Economy Patrick Gandil, Directeur Général de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) Jean Botti, CTO Airbus Group

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

Airbus Group’s E-Fan had its maiden flight in late March at the Bordeaux-Merignac Airport in France, but for the official press release we had to wait until April 25 (the people within Airbus Group’s PR department must’ve been on vacation or something).

But finally we have some new photos and higher quality video on this electric aircraft with unusual propellers.

“The electric E-Fan training aircraft is a highly innovative technology experimental demonstrator based on an all-composite construction. Airbus Group and its partners are aiming to perform research and development to construct a series version of the E-Fan and propose an industrial plan for a production facility close to Bordeaux Airport. Airbus Group’s research efforts support the environmental protection goals of the European Commission, as outlined in its “Flightpath 2050” programme.”

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

So, this project will be continued with the possibility of commercialization.

Airbus Group Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti stated:

“The E-Fan project and Airbus Group’s commitment to the field of electric and hybrid research show our vision of future technological developments. It will not only lead to a further reduction in aircraft emissions and noise to support our environmental goals but will also lead to more economic and efficient aircraft technology in the long run. Our focus is to develop innovations that will help define what tomorrow’s aerospace industry will look like.”

Specs:

Wing span: 9.50 m
Length: 6.67 m
Empty weight: 500 kg
Lift/drag ratio: 16
Total engine power: 60 kiloWatt
Battery system: 120 cells
(Lithium Polymer)
Battery rated capacity: 40 Ah per cell
4 Volt per cell
Endurance: 45 min – 1 hour
Take-off speed: 110 km/h
Cruise speed: 160 km/h
Max. speed: 220 km/h

 

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

Airbus Group’s E-Fan

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10 responses to "Electric E-Fan Aircraft Successfully Completes First Public Test Flight -Video"

  1. kalle says:

    thats cool and all, but i would go for the e-volo, that is a electric helicopter :)
    http://www.e-volo.com

    1. kalle says:

      here is a video of it flying :)

  2. ffbj says:

    Pretty darn cool!

    1. Disappointed says:

      Yes,,,but this takes “Range Anxiety” to a whole new level !!!!

  3. BraveLilToaster says:

    I think that the likelihood that this will ever be a commercial product is exactly zero. You just need too much power to power a commercial plane, and the restrictions on the power-to-weight ratios basically mean that batteries won’t be possible power sources until we invent Shipstones.

    1. arne-nl says:

      Technology doesn’t stand still, you know. And the efficiency of an electric drive train is 3 to 4 times better than internal combustion. So you need to take much less energy on board.

    2. vadik_veselovsky says:

      This E-Fan thingy has more than 50% chance to get commercial.

      Perfect for training with specs as they are.

  4. scott franco says:

    Its reasonable for a recreational craft, that is, an airplane that tours the area and returns to the same airport. Otherwise the short range and fact that it would need to be recharged at the far airport make it impractical right now. Contrast the hour flight time with a 3-4 hour flight time of an average Cessna 172.

    These man carrying planes contrast well with my lithium-polymer model aircraft. They use the same types of batteries and have about the same flight time.

  5. David Soens says:

    I believe the goal for Airbus is to have electric takeoff and landings. Level flight will be powered by a larger APU.

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