Electric Triplanes, Personal Sky Taxis, and Urban Mobility beyond Belief

Sustainable Aviation Symposium

The Third Annual Sustainable Aviation Symposium again promises to be the premier gateway to innovation, mind-expanding discussions, and a glimpse into the future that this gathering will help make possible. Reserve your spot today to be on the leading edge of that future.

VTOLs, ESTOLs and the Future of Sky Transit, May 11 and 12 in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the Pullman Hotel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, will go beyond the technical to the truly world-changing. Continue reading "Electric Triplanes, Personal Sky Taxis, and Urban Mobility beyond Belief"

Why yes - it IS a kit!

Alisport Silent-Electro2

The Silent Electro2 is a self-launching single seat, 40:1 sailplane with an electric motor to get you into the air with little effort. Sold as a complete aircraft, well equipped for about $130K, it is available in quick-build kit form for about $12-15K less - that's with a trailer and complete instrument package. Continue reading "Why yes - it IS a kit!"

Alpha Electro - an Electric Pipistrel

A European company with a solid presence at this year Oshkosh was Pipistrel. The aircraft that took my fancy was the Alpha Electro, a two place side by side aircraft targeting the training market. Continue reading "Alpha Electro - an Electric Pipistrel"

CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium, Part Three

CAFE Foundation

CAFE FoundationThe last six speakers closed out the afternoon session with aircraft, regulations, and ways to manage all the new traffic.

Mark Moore, NASA, Silicon Valley VTOL Air-Taxi Study

Dr. Moore started with an overview of all the unused Los Angeles helipads, required by law on every new high rise since 1974 until eliminated by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. Most were not being used, and part of their original purpose – to allow life-saving drop-ins by Fire Department helicopters – seems reasonable even today. Moore asked what if we really tried to use these rooftops?  Continue reading "CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium, Part Three"

CAFE Foundation Electric Aircraft Symposium, Part Two

One jet turbine, three generators, 24 ducted fans and 74 "effectors" to control it all.
One jet turbine, three generators, 24 ducted fans and 74 "effectors" to control it all.

John Langford: Aurora Flight Sciences and the Lightning Strike

Dr. Langford opened the second day with background on strides his firm has made in creating an unpiloted vertical takeoff and landing machine. The Lightning Strike is a 10,000 to 12,000 pound, high-speed craft with a turbine from partner Rolls-Royce and triple generators from partner Honeywell, all driving 18 wing-mounted and six canard-mounted electric, variable-pitch ducted fans. Both wings and canard pivot to allow vertical takeoff and landing, and tilt to horizontal mode to allow up to 400-knot cruising. This speed would be tactically beneficial.  Continue reading "CAFE Foundation Electric Aircraft Symposium, Part Two"

Convergence at CAFE’s Electric Aircraft Symposium

The 10 Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium, held at the Marriot San Francisco Airport on May 19 and 20, visited topics of electric propulsion, aircraft, airspace, and control of the various types of craft that will be sharing the skies in the near future. Continue reading "Convergence at CAFE’s Electric Aircraft Symposium"