e-Go

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e-Go
E-Go flying2.jpg
Role Ultralight aircraft and Light-sport aircraft
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer e-Go aeroplanes
Designer Giotto Castelli[1]
First flight 24 October 2013
Status Under development
Unit cost
60,000 (complete aircraft, estimate, 2013)

The e-Go, originally known as the E-Plane, is a British ultralight and light-sport aircraft that was designed by Giotto Castelli and is under development by e-Go aeroplanes of Cambridge.[2]

The aircraft won the Light Aircraft Association's design competition in 2007. First flown on 24 October 2013, with the first public flight-test and demonstration on 30 October 2013.[3] Initially the aircraft will be supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[4][5]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the United Kingdom Single Seat De-Regulated microlight class, as well as to fit the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules. The aircraft cruise speed is planned to be modified for US light-sport aircraft rules.[6] It features a cantilever mid-wing, a canard foreplane, a single-seat enclosed cockpit, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single Rotron e-Go Wankel engine in pusher configuration.[2][4]

The aircraft is made from a combination of carbon fibre and foam. Its 8 m (26.2 ft) span wing has an area of 11.5 m2 (124 sq ft). The standard engine will be a 22 kW (30 hp) rotary engine, which is expected to give a cruise speed of 100 kn (185 km/h; 115 mph) on 3.5 l (0.8 imp gal; 0.9 US gal) per 100 km (62 mi).[2]

Tibenham, first public outing 30 October 2013
Old Warden June 2014 with extended lower fins
Old Warden 2014

Specifications (e-Go)[edit]

Data from Bayerl[2][5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 11.5 m2 (124 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 115 kg (254 lb)
  • Gross weight: 243 kg (536 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 25 litres (5.5 imp gal; 6.6 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotron e-Go rotary aircraft engine , 22 kW (30 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed, 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) diameter

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 222 km/h; 120 kn (138 mph)
  • Stall speed: 65 km/h (40 mph; 35 kn)
  • Range: 611 km; 380 mi (330 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 4.6 m/s (910 ft/min)

Avionics

  • MGL efis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet The Team". e-Go aeroplanes. 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 42. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ "e-Go aeroplane: Norfolk test flight for Cambridge plane". BBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Tony Bishop. "e-Go aeroplanes". E-go.me. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ a b "e-Go Aeroplanes". Facebook. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  6. ^ "First Flight For British Single-Seater". Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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