Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer Trike

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ElectraFlyer
Role Ultralight aircraft
Manufacturer Electric Aircraft Corporation
Designer Randall Fishman
First flight April, 2007
Produced 2007–Present
Unit cost
$16,000-$21,000

The Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer Trike is an ultralight trike fitted with an electric motor, instead of a traditional gasoline engine.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Electraflyer Trike is built to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations, part 103. The standard ElectraFlyer is equipped with a 5.6—kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery which powers an 18 hp (13 kW) electric motor — which can be optionally upgraded to a 40 hp (30 kW) motor. Depending on the number of battery packs mounted, the aircraft can fly for between one and two hours before it must be recharged for 5–6 hours using a standard 120 volt AC outlet. Charging time can be reduced to 2 hours using a 240 volt outlet.[1]

Mounting a Stratus-model hang glider style wing, the total aircraft weight is less than 249 lb (113 kg), depending on the options selected for engine, batteries, and other accessories such as a ballistic parachute.[1]

It was awarded the Grand Champion Ultralight at the 2007 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 210. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  • Wilcox, Sharon (July 2007), "The ElectraFlyer goes green", Light Sport and Ultralight Flying 
  • Grady, Mary (2007-06-01), "Avgas? Who Needs It? Trike Runs On Batteries", AVWeb 
  • "The ElectraFlyer trike", EAA Sport Pilot, September 2007: 24–45 
  • "The ElectraFlyer, an electric-powered trike", EAA Sport Pilot, July 2007: 52–53 

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