Electric Ride E-Bird

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E-Bird
Role Ultralight trike
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Electric Ride GmbH
Status In production (2018)
Developed from Aeros ANT

The Electric Ride E-Bird is a German electric ultralight trike developed and produced by Electric Ride of Baierbrunn. The aircraft is supplied complete and ready-to-fly.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The E-Bird is an electric-powered development of the Aeros ANT. It was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category, German 120 kg class and the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules.[1]

The aircraft design features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a single-seat open cockpit without a cockpit fairing, tricycle landing gear and a single electric motor in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its double surface "topless" Aeros Combat wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 10 m (32.8 ft) span wing uses an "A" frame weight-shift control bar. The powerplant is an electric motor rated at 16 kW (21 hp) for take-off and 12 kW (16 hp) continuous, powered by a 5.85 kWh battery. The maximum sound in flight is under 47 dB.[1][2]

The aircraft has an empty weight of 106 kg (234 lb) and a gross weight of 194 kg (428 lb), giving a useful load of 88 kg (194 lb). Like the ANT it is based upon the E-Bird van be folded up and transported and carried in an automobile trunk.[1]

Specifications (E-Bird)[edit]

Data from Tacke[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 12.8 m2 (138 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 106 kg (234 lb)
  • Gross weight: 194 kg (428 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × electric motor with a 5.85 kWh battery, 16 kW (21 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed folding, carbon fibre

Performance

  • Wing loading: 15.15 kg/m2 (3.10 lb/sq ft)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 229. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ Science-Tech GmbH (2018). "E-Bird". electric-ride.com. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

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