Electric Airplanes!

Discussion in 'Other EVs' started by Domenick, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. Hmm, yeah, just saw that. And darn, as I can't make it that early in the morning, could maybe do it a bit later. I see there might be fog in the morning there, so could still be postponed. Showers forecast for the afternoon. So will just have to wait and see. Here's hoping it will be postponed.
  2. Well, they did their test flight this morning, and just in time as it started to rain here by noon and ceiling dropped below minimums. Quite an historic event as it was the world's first commercial e-plane test flight.
    Here is the vid. Bit boring,... which was a good thing. Didn't exactly jump off the water, but I assume the pilot (Harbour Air CEO) was extra careful to apply only low power on their first take-off.
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qyofxcdy117snp1/AAB_iicioZ6UBVWfEpDvX2e0a/Dec 10 Flight goPro.MP4?dl=0
    Looks like they used the same type of prop as in their turbine versions. Which makes sense to start off with. I see the specs of the Max 500 engine are also very similar to the turbine engine.

    Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this morning, as I had some other things I had to attend to. But would be very interested in the battery used, kWh, range etc, and how they intend on charging it.
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  3. Glad the first flight went as expected, eventually possibly they could use something like this with super-packs aboard and long extension cords
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  5. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Yup. I envision a lot of energy storage and co-located solar. The airport here in Tallahassee, actually, is where the municipality utility's solar array is located.
    40 megawatts when the 2nd half is completed (soon).

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