When it comes to innovations, most are evolutionary. One new program announced on Tuesday is going to change everything.
The news from the continent is encouraging. The development of useful electric-powered aircraft is happening before our very eyes. On Tuesday, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens announced an ambitious partnership to make electric propulsion a reality in air transport aircraft in a test bed they are calling the E-Fan X. They are working to install a very powerful electric motor on a BAe 146 Avro commuter airliner, with one of the plane’s turbofan engines being swapped out for a two-megawatt electric motor. The goal is to add a second electric motor once the test program has validated the idea.