November 7, 2013 - A new single-place European canard airplane called the e-Go made its first flight last week in Norfolk, U.K., according to an announcement from e-Go Aeroplanes, Cambridge. The company states that e-Go was designed to fill a gap between a microlight and a light aircraft, and is the realization of a design creator Giotto Castelli has been working on for the past decade.
"I believe the canard design can offer great maneuverability and efficient aerodynamics," Castelli said. "The e-Go adds to that an impressive field of view and a very compact airframe with simple lines, which the air likes as much as the eye does. This also allows the weight to be kept to an absolute minimum."
The aerodynamic pod-like aircraft derives power from a state-of-the-art Wankel rotary engine, with ECU and fuel injection producing speeds up to 110 mph. e-Go comes with a full glass cockpit, integrated heating, ventilation and de-misting system, and an integrated flight simulation system. The e-Go is currently priced at around $80,000.
Test pilot Keith Dennison flew the maiden flight on October 30 at Norfolk's Tibenham Airfield.
"The aircraft embodies many novel features and benefits from the aviation authority in the U.K. relaxing its regulation on very light aircraft," said Malcolm Bird, e-Go executive chairman. "This has allowed e-Go aeroplanes to develop a completely new aircraft in a short time and with the minimum of red tape. It is good to be involved in the revival of a British aviation industry."
The company expects first deliveries in 2015. For more information, visit the e-Go website.