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Video interview on electric flying

Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 10:30 am
by lucaberta
Hi all,

we're all becoming more "green", aren't we? :)

Well, turns out that Pipistrel, the slovenian company I bought my little motorglider from a couple of years ago, is getting more and more serious about flying using electrons instead of oil byproducts... the Taurus was chosen as the platform on which to install an electric motor, instead of the "normal" Rotax 503, and thus the Taurus Electro was born!

The first flight was late last year, at the Pipistrel base in Ajdovscina (ICAO code LJAJ):

A video of the Taurus Electro in flight can be found here:

Also, just yesterday a video interview with Tine Tomazic, Chief Pilot of Sinus and Virus and also working on the R&D of the Taurus Electro, was posted on YouTube, here is the link:

Kudos again to all at Pipistrel and to Ivo Boscarol, owner and CEO of Pipistrel, for a job well done! Feels great to be part of the Pipistrel extended family!

Ciao, Luca

Re: Video interview on electric flying

Posted: Fri May 16, 2008 9:32 am
by PilotBillFromTexas
Very cool. I think that this will definitely be one of the waves of the future in sport aviation. A guy in my flying club owns an experimental battery powered C-150. He has it tied down at the Mineral Wells, TX airport. It's easy to pick out on the flight line because it is the only C-150 whose propeller spins in the wind like a pinwheel when it's parked. He told me that he is trying to get sponsors to develop the idea and market it.

I think that the idea probably makes more sense in a motorglider because you can stretch the air time just by turning the juice off and gliding. I wouldn't think that batteries would make much sense on long cross country trips because you could only fly two hours, then stop and recharge for another two hours then repeat the cycle over and over until you get there. In the case of a C-150 you could practically bicycle faster than fly.

As battery technology gets exponentially better in the future, I'm sure this will change.

Maybe we could work out a deal with building contractors across the world to be able to swap out the Makita battery packs in their electric drills to pop into our airplanes for quicker turn-arounds.

Re: Video interview on electric flying

Posted: Thu May 22, 2008 11:55 pm
by NeedaMooney
Battery technology will need to get orders of magnitude better to replace the energy density of petroleum-based fuels, but if it does, that would be a great thing, for all manner of light transportation options.

Re: Video interview on electric flying

Posted: Fri May 23, 2008 4:44 pm
by champguy
If a battery has enough energy to be usefull, I don't want to be around it in an accident or if it gets wet. Each of these new things seems to have more toxic waste than the last. At least in my Champ, I will be third on the scene of the incident, preceeded by the hot engine, and the ruptured fuel tank, in that order.
Better to fly right, and run out of gas before you crash.