Elektra One Ultralight FAR 103 Version Promised
Calin Gologan, celebrated designer of the German-built Elektra One, has announced the intention to produce an ultralight legal version of the aircraft that was demonstrated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 and that won the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize. He claims the ultralight version will meet the U.S. ultralight weight and speed limit with the batteries included, and it will have 20-minute endurance in the ultralight configuration.
The Elektra One is a modern composite glass/carbon structure design using advanced aerodynamic principles and features lightweight batteries, a highly efficient electric drive, and a quiet highly efficient propeller (90 percent) that turns only 1400 rpm at cruise. It has a 28-foot wingspan and a 30:1 glide ratio. The aircraft is effectively a single-seat ultralight motorglider which will have 20 minutes flying time to climb to altitude and look for thermals. A special hangar for the airplane is planned that will feature solar panels on the roof, providing enough energy for 300 hours of flying per year. Watch it in action in this video and learn more at www.PC-Aero.de. The expected price of the ultralight is about $100,000.
The news of the ultralight version of the Elektra One was reported by Dan Johnson (www.ByDanJohnson.com) as part of his meeting coverage of new industry group Electric Aircraft Development Alliance, an organization specifically focused on electric-powered aircraft. About 30 people from 15 different companies and organizations gathered to discuss how to best promote electric aircraft and ensure that aviation regulations keep pace with their rapid development. The intense interest of so many producers is an indication that electric aircraft aren’t simply a novelty or fad.