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    Belite is showing an electric motor in their Skydock, i'm not sure if they've flown with it yet.

    http://beliteaircraft.net/skydock/
    Joe Mikus, MSgt USAF (ret) Avionics Tech
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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron J. Covey View Post
    Yup, that is a big hurdle for someone wanting to make money off of a new electric design.

    I would love to see an E-AB design, either scratch build or kit, for an electric airplane.


    BJC
    You can get an EAB kit from Earthstar http://www.thundergull.com/. I expect Randall Fishman would also assist with parts for an EAB electric. These would require a PPC but that should not be a big roadblock. The same for the EMG-6 from Rainbow Aviation.

    That gives you three choices in addition to build what you want. Tesla motor and batteries would make a great project. Alternatively, you could move to China. They are developing electric aircraft. However, they too suffer from not having a place to fly them.

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    electric ultralight

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroschmitz View Post
    Has anyone been tinkering with electric ultralight flight?
    There is an electric ultralight, seems to work pretty well, even on floats:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se7bQ16bph4

    Bill H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeroschmitz View Post
    Has anyone been tinkering with electric ultralight flight?
    You all are on 5 different pages.


    Question was about "ultralight.

    Answer yes. Many. Batteries are included empty weight. This killed the EMG 5 ultralight. EMG 6 is viable in many variations. Other projects have been mentioned. Turn key UL, No.

    Morph to LSA. FAR Part 1

    "Light-sport aircraft means an aircraft, other than a helicopter or powered-lift that, since its original certification, has continued to meet the following:
    (1) A maximum takeoff weight of not more than—
    (i) 1,320 pounds (600 kilograms) for aircraft not intended for operation on water; or
    (ii) 1,430 pounds (650 kilograms) for an aircraft intended for operation on water.
    (2) A maximum airspeed in level flight with maximum continuous power (VH) of not more than 120 knots CAS under standard atmospheric conditions at sea level.
    (3) A maximum never-exceed speed (VNE) of not more than 120 knots CAS for a glider.
    (4) A maximum stalling speed or minimum steady flight speed without the use of lift-enhancing devices (VS1) of not more than 45 knots CAS at the aircraft's maximum certificated takeoff weight and most critical center of gravity.
    (5) A maximum seating capacity of no more than two persons, including the pilot.

    (6) A single, reciprocating engine, if powered.

    (7) A fixed or ground-adjustable propeller if a powered aircraft other than a powered glider.
    (8) A fixed or feathering propeller system if a powered glider.
    (9) A fixed-pitch, semi-rigid, teetering, two-blade rotor system, if a gyroplane.
    (10) A nonpressurized cabin, if equipped with a cabin.
    (11) Fixed landing gear, except for an aircraft intended for operation on water or a glider.
    (12) Fixed or retractable landing gear, or a hull, for an aircraft intended for operation on water.
    (13) Fixed or retractable landing gear for a glider. "


    Now are there other questions?

    If all goes well I will have a turn key production electric ultralight available for sale within about 2 months.
    Last edited by jedi; 04-12-2016 at 11:54 AM.

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