Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ZAP! Goes An Electric Record

More haps on the electric flight front: At Yuneec Aircraft's new 250K sq. foot factory airfield in Shanghai, China, Gerard Thevenot, the pioneering French hang glider designer and pilot who blazed foot-launched trails starting in the 1970s, set an electric-flight endurance record in a Yuneec-powered hang glider.
Flying his own trike design, the go-juice came from a new "longer version" of Yuneec's Power Drive 10Kw motor system. The flight lasted 1 hour 16 minutes.
The news here for LSA followers is the ongoing commitment Yuneec has to powering all types of light sport aircraft, from hang gliders, paragliders and trikes like Thevenot's to the ongoing development of the e-430 two-seat LSA we've talked about this year in Plane & Pilot.
According to Yuneec's website, Thevenot reportedly made just a couple test flights, then jumped up and set the record. He's hoping to increase the duration to 1 1/2 hours any day now.
I don't know about you, but the thought of plugging in my airplane overnight, then flying around for an hour or so without all that mess and bother with fossil fuels has me counting battery sheep at night.

---photos courtesy Yuneec Aircraft

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