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    Default Airbus move into electric aircraft

    Not exactly a French car, but using lots of shared technology, Airbus announced the opening of a new subsidiary located in Merignac, near Bordeaux airport. It will be delivering in 2018, 2 models of its electric planes for flying schools and recreational flying. One has 2 seats and the other 4. They use 2 50kw ducted fan motors supplied by Safran, with Saft batteries, Zodiac controls and Dassault design software.

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    And if they are able to top up their batteries from charged clouds......
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    I remember seeing a small article in the paper here, maybe about 1986, showing a photo of a Russian backfire bomber and claiming that it was "Nuclear powered". My limited understanding of physics says that due to weight of reactors and more importantly the cooling apparatus, that was just not possible. Of course, I've not seen the claim repeated. Probably "nuclear armed" was what they were trying to say.
    With this electric aircraft, I'm tempted to have almost the same level of scepticism, due to power output per storage batteries required etc. But am happy to be corrected. Are Saft batteries super light maybe?

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    I wonder if these aircraft are similar to control line model aircraft of the 60's, limited by the length of the wire?

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    Just had a look at the media release's around this story. The maiden flight of the little single seater looked a bit "Wright Bros", and there's no mention of capability or endurance. But, early days I suppose, and let's wish them well.
    It would be a pleasant change to be in a two or four seater that wasn't constantly shouting at you that it can't afford to have a muffler, due to power requirements!
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    Put some solar cells in the wings and only fly them on sunny days.

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    There was a glider that flew around the world non stop on solar energy a while ago. Don't remember exactly, but I think it needed power to sustain life on board primarily and run some electronics and I think it had a motor/propeller to gain altitude if needed. Must have been about 20 odd years ago or more?
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    I remember it being Swiss, and a quick wiki check reveals Solar Impulse, has done various international and transcontinental (USA) flights, around the world planned for 2015.

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    SAFT have a range of high power density batteries, our company uses some of them in telemetry equipment for unpowered sites.
    I laugh a little as the batteries they are using are probably classified as Class 9 Hazardous goods and heavily restricted for air transport

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    I wonder if these aircraft are similar to control line model aircraft of the 60's, limited by the length of the wire?

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    The model aircraft world has moved on a bit since our youth. Most model planes and helicopters are electric propelled these days, powered by some very advanced lightweight batteries and the amateur drone industry hovers around them.
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    Hi
    We live in interesting times !!
    Scarey also is some ways.
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    see
    Airbus : l'avion électrique E-Fan s'envole... en silence
    the prototype has made its first flight of ten minutes - a range of one hour on internal batteries is the design goal - very suitable for pilot training.
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