Evektor's Electric SportStar EPOS Makes First Flights
April 3, 2013 - Czech aircraft manufacturer Evektor-Aerotechnik announced its electric-powered SportStar EPOS airplane flew for the first time on March 28 at the Kunovice airport in the Czech Republic. Evektor's factory pilot, Radek Sury, made two flights totaling about 30 minutes.
The SportStar EPOS (electric-powered small aircraft) derives from Evektor's SporStar RTC and is being developed for private customers as well as flight schools for primary pilot training. According to the company, EPOS is powered by a 50-kilowatt Rotex Electric RE X90-7 motor, and employs a new, extended trapezoidal wing. Subsequent flight tests will examine the function of the power unit and its effect on the plane's flight and operational characteristics.
The SportStar EPOS project received the financial backing from the Czech Republic's Technology Agency, and involved other Czech companies including Rotex Electric, prop manufacturer Aerospace Research and Test Establishment, MGM Compro (motor control unit), and Faculty of Information Technology of Brno University of Technology, which supplied the display unit for motor parameters.
Evektor will exhibit the airplane later this month at AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany, April 24-27.