Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-X

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ElectraFlyer-X
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The prototype ElectraFlyer-X
Role Homebuilt and light-sport electric aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Electric Aircraft Corporation
Designer Randall Fishman
Introduction 2009
Status Under development
Number built one
Unit cost
US$65,000 (projected price for kit, less batteries, 2011)
Developed from Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-C

The Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-X is an American kit and light-sport electric aircraft, designed by Randall Fishman and produced by his company Electric Aircraft Corporation of Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The ElectraFlyer-X was introduced at AirVenture in 2009. The aircraft is intended to be supplied as a kit for amateur construction or as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The ElectraFlyer-X was designed to comply with the US light-sport aircraft (LSA) rules. The current LSA rules do not allow any powerplants except reciprocating engines for Special-LSAs (S-LSAs), but Fishman hopes that the rules will be amended in time. In the meantime the aircraft can be constructed in the Experimental - Amateur Built or Experimental-LSA (E-LSA) categories.[1][2]

The aircraft features a cantilever low-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single electric engine in tractor configuration.[1]

The ElectraFlyer-X is made from composites. Its long 15 m (49.2 ft) span wing features a high aspect ratio for aerodynamic efficiency. The engine is an Electric Aircraft Corporation 50 hp (37 kW) brushless, liquid-cooled powerplant designed specifically for the aircraft. The engine is driven by air-cooled battery packs that are fitted in stainless steel boxes and can be installed in either the engine compartment or the cabin. The batteries will permit flights of up to three hours in duration.[1]

In 2011 the projected price for a kit, less batteries, was to be US$65,000. The batteries were estimated to add US$15,000 to the cost.[1]

In April 2010 the aircraft's first flight was predicted for May or June 2010. Series production was originally intended for 2010 and then delayed to 2011. By June 2012 there was no indication that the design had actually flown or that it would be produced in the near future. In June 2012 the company website listed it only as "coming soon", however the aircraft's description page had been removed. The US Federal Aviation Administration indicates that the prototype aircraft, N600EL, was registered on 15 July 2009 and had its registration cancelled on 31 May 2012.[1][3][4][5]

Fishman has indicated that the late 2000s recession caused development of company products to be delayed. In 2011 Fishman said, "The recession has made this not a great business right now".[6]

Specifications (ElectraFlyer-X)[edit]

Data from Bayerl[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 49 ft 3 in (15 m)
  • Empty weight: 772 lb (350 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Electric Aircraft Corporation brushless, liquid-cooled electric aircraft engine, 50 hp (37 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed composite

Performance

  • Cruising speed: 81 mph; 70 kn (130 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 34 mph; 30 kn (55 km/h)
  • Endurance: 3 hours


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 45. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ Van West, Jeff (30 July 2009). "Fishman Plans Electric Two-Seater Flight Soon". AVweb. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Electric Aircraft Corporation (n.d.). "Welcome to ElectraFlyer.com!". Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (June 2012). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Grady, Mary (April 2010). "Electric Flight Update From Sun 'n Fun". AVweb. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, James (September 2011). "Light Sport Chronicles, Profiles in Vision - Randall Fishman". Plane & Pilot Magazine. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 

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