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Last week, PC-Aero displayed several of their electric aircraft at the 2012 Aero-Expo (the global show for general aviation) in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Present at the event were the Elektra One Solar (flying with solar cells on the wing surface), Elektra Two Standard (a twin-seat electric aircraft with solar cells for flight), Elektra Two Record (a lightweight aircraft designed for record flights), and Elektra Observer LT (an unmanned very light electric aircraft with solar cells for civil surveillance).
Last year the PC-Aero Elektra One won the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize during EAA AirVenture 2011 at Oshkosh. For more environmentally friendly electric aircraft, click here.
(Image: Shahn Sederberg)
The Elektra One performed a demoflight during EAA AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh on Saturday, July 30, demonstrating the electric aircraft’s high – and completely silent – performance. The demonstration helped German company PC-Aero, which developed the plane, cement its bid for the coveted Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize.
(Image: Jean-Marie Urlacher/Info-Pilot, via PC-Aero)
Designed by Calin Gologan and with a range of 500 km, the Elektra One is a single-seat electric aircraft capable of flying with batteries for up to four hours. The plane works in conjunction with a Solar Hangar (known as SunAirport), sponsored by SolarWorld, one of the world’s largest solar panel companies.
(Image: Michael Mularski, SolarWorld)
Practically silent, Elektra One uses only 6 kW per hour and combines zero emissions with low operating costs. Treehugger reported in March that the company hoped to commercialise its technology: “The complete system (Aircraft + Solar-Hangar) will come on the market for less than 100.000 EUR. The operation cost per hour is less than 35 EUR or 0.2 EUR/km.”
(All images reproduced courtesy of PC-Aero)