Electric LSA Are Charging Up
Randall Fishman’s ElectraFlyer-C monoplane can fly for 1.5 hours on 75 cents of lithium-polymer battery power. Fishman aims to wed one of his larger motor-battery power packs with a two-seat aircraft.
Greg Cole, former chief engineer at Lancair, fitted his 155-pound, composite SparrowHawk sailplane with electric power and is developing the Goshawk, a two-place, all-electric sportplane that targets a 115-knot-per-hour cruise.
Slovenian maker Pipistrel’s two-seat, self-launch, electric motorglider, the Taurus, is slated for delivery this year with a $133,000 price tag.
Electravia first test-flew its battery-powered, single-seat Electra in December 2007 for 48 minutes. Its future designs include the two-seat ElectroClub flying wing and the single-seat ElectroLight electric ultralight (both shown above). Visit www.electraflyer.com, www.windward-performance.com, www.pipistrel.si and www.electravia.fr.
Grand Champion Award
Joe Dobransky, owner of a classic 1946 Piper J-3C-65 Cub, was awarded 2008 Grand Champion Gold Lindy in the Classic Aircraft category at AirVenture 2008. The restored Cub is the result of countless hours of work by American Legend Aircraft Company. “This particular job was an enormous effort that began as a trailer load of aircraft parts,” said American Legend’s Pat Bowers. “Each component was disassembled, inspected and evaluated. Each newly replaced or overhauled part was built to Piper’s original specifications.” Log on to www.legend.aero.
Liberty In Germany
Liberty Aerospace has signed an exclusive distributorship with Piper-Germany to sell and distribute the Liberty XL2 in Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom. After seeing a significant increase in international orders (and receiving an overwhelming response at all of the major air shows in Europe this year), Liberty has recognized the need to increase its sales and support structure overseas. “We’ve long sought a quality partner to bring the Liberty XL2 into the Central Europe and U.K. markets. Given the size and quality of the Piper-Germany workforce and its premiere locations, we believe both companies will benefit greatly from this joint endeavor,” said Liberty President and CEO Keith Markley. Learn more at www.libertyaerospace.com and www.piper-germany.de.