|Built for slipping through the air: the PhoEnix electric motorglider.|
Color me green with envy.
Jim's deep and broad soaring background should stand him in good stead tweaking every last ounce of performance from the gorgeous, one-off soaring bird.
He's also got a few more details on his Phoenix blog. Here are some highlights:
|View from tail: Gear retracts up into normal baggage area.|
Conceived for the NASA CAFE Green Flight Challenge..."A race that offers big bucks for the winner ($1.65 million total), but with a bar set so high that it is unlikely that anyone will win it. But if any aircraft can do it, the PhoEnix can!"
|Electric motor installation.|
|Check out that shadow for a sense of the high aspect ratio. Photo: Jim Lee|
 A modified Schempp- Hirth Discus wing installed as a shoulder wing to make room for the
 Gear electrically driven. Swings back into the wheel wells (the baggage compartment of the original Phoenix.)
|Photo courtesy Jim Lee|
 race begins July 10 no. of San Francisco.
Next post, I'll have a rundown, with pictures, of one of the PhoEnix's top competitors, the Pipistrel Taurus 4 twin-fuselage electric racer!
And here's Jim beaming at the end of Sun 'n Fun last month after receiving the Outstanding Fixed Wing Light Sport Aircraft Award.
Congrats James, it's a worthy winner for sure!