Electric Aircraft Corporation

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Electric Aircraft Corporation
Private company
Industry Aerospace
Founder Randall Fishman
Headquarters Cliffside Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Products Electric aircraft
Website www.electraflyer.com

Electric Aircraft Corporation is an American aircraft manufacturer that was founded by Randall Fishman, a retired New Jersey jeweler. The company is based in Cliffside Park, New Jersey and specializes in the design and manufacture of electric aircraft under the ElectraFlyer brand name.[1][2][3][4]

The company's first product was the ElectraFlyer Trike, an ultralight trike powered by an in-house designed electric motor and battery pack. The company then started selling power train components to convert existing ultralights to electric power. The single-seat ElectraFlyer-C followed, using the same 18 hp (13 kW) electric motor and a converted Monnett Moni motorglider airframe.[1][2][5]

In 2008 Fishman won the August Raspet Memorial Award for his electric aircraft work. The award recognizes the "person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design" each year.[6]

The company next developed a new design that was intended for production, an all composite electric aircraft, the ElectraFlyer-X, that was introduced in 2009. The ElectraFlyer-X did not, however, enter production.[1][2][5]

The Great Recession caused development of the company products to be delayed. In 2011 Fishman said, "The recession has made this not a great business right now. I have done okay because I have kept it small, selling a few complete trikes and many propulsion kits, meters and electronic controllers for people to modify their own ultralights."[5]

The company developed an electric powered version of the Airsport Song, called the Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-ULS, which was introduced in 2012.[7][2]

The company also sells the Electra 1, a 14 kW (19 hp) electric motor for ultralight trikes.[2]

Aircraft[edit]

Summary of aircraft built by Electric Aircraft Corporation
Model name First flight Number built Type
Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer Trike 2007 Electric ultralight trike
Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-C 2008 1 Electric motor glider prototype
Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-X 2009 1 Electric light-sport aircraft
Electric Aircraft Corporation ElectraFlyer-ULS 2012 Electric motor glider

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 45. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d e Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, pages 46 and 262-263. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ Admin (5 August 2008). "Plug and Fly: The Battery-Powered Plane Makes Its Debut". Wired. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Schupak, Amanda (12 April 2008). "A Silent Electric Plane". Popular Science. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Lawrence, James (September 2011). "Light Sport Chronicles, Profiles in Vision - Randall Fishman". Plane & Pilot Magazine. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Experimental Aircraft Association (2012). "August Raspet Memorial Award". Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Song Electric". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 

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