By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Design
A new video gives a rare glimpse of what's been billed as the world's first affordable electric airplane.
Last year, a little known start-up generated a lot of excitement within the aviation community when they introduced the Flynano, an aircraft billed as the worlds first affordable electric airplane.
At the time, the developers released some tantalizing details about the aircraft. For instance, it was ultra-lightweight, coming in at a mere 155 pounds thanks to a body frame made entirely of lightweight carbon fiber composite materials. It also comes in three different flavors, which includes a model equipped with a 20kW all-electric engine capable of a top speed of 87 mph and a range of 25 miles on a full charge. Prices started at about $34,000 and you wouldn´t even need a pilots license to operate one.
Sound too good to be true? Well, many of you did question the company´s legitimacy, namely because no one´s ever seen the darn thing actually fly.
So to convince the doubters that, yes, it´s a real airplane and, yes, there are plans to sell the plane, the company recently posted footage of the Flynano conducting test flights.
A final design is scheduled for next year with a launch date at the end of 2013. But let´s hope by then the Flynano can deliver on the promised pricing.
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Jun 17, 2012
The planes carbon fiber wt. is interesting. The cost of this electric powered design compared to other ultra-lights - especially ICE motorized parasail designs is very pricey, but the range is not comparable (much lower) and a non-starter.
The structural support going from the front fuselage up to the prop is smack dab in front of the pilot. I think a redesign is called for. 25 miles is not much range. If they can get it to do some gliding with engine off, that would raise interest and range too.
A few seconds of video of it flying? We're supposed to get excited over that? Good luck to them, but I'm still skeptical. And the poor grammar at the beginning of the video kind of makes them seem a little lacking in the attention to detail department and that's kind of important for flying machines.