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  1. Well the longest flight they did was 3min. And for passenger service you don't need constant full power, like you do for skydiving. You can check the data avaliable for Pipistrel Alpha Electro: https://www.pipistrel-usa.com/alpha-electro/#technical_data And then get a sense of what they are getting - but basically they have a 22 kWh battery pack + a 60kW motor and mentioning up to 1h endurance. Then when you read into it, they say up to 45min minutes with cruise at 18kW power. And the same is with the Beaver.
  2. Why does the fuel weight really matter? Based on the data you gave the numbers aren't that much different. Empty plane 1003kg, max landing weight 1633. You then have 630kg available. When you calculate the engine weight saving you have extra 148kg available. This means total 778kg. Batteries weigh 600kg, so that gives you 178kg available for passengers and pilot. "NASA batteries" isn't really a thing yet and it is not going to be for a few decades, and when it comes it is going to be super expensive. Even if they are not using standard production batteries they are not getting much better energy density the Tesla packs have.
  3. It is still useless for skydiving and it is going to remain such for a long time. As previously mentioned, you would need a 100kWh battery pack to get a load with a 206 up. The most advanced battery pack on the market currently (the one found in Tesla M3) weighs 168 Wh/kg. So a 100kWh battery pack weighs about 600kg. The one that would be made specifically for a plane wouldn't have such density, but lets ignore that. A C206 has a max payload of around 650kg. You will get some weight saving with the engine which is only 72kg as opposed to the 220kg of the IO520. So with the engine weight saving you would get around 200kg of usable payload. So a pilot and 2 very light skydivers. The Caravan would get you slightly better results, but still unusable for a real operation. The are mentioning 105 miles of range - yeah, but at a very low power setting, in cruise.
  4. Do any of the 3 have any load organising over the weekends?
  5. Your best bet would be Empuriabrava. You might also find some DZs in Italy, but not for the whole week. In Slovenia we don't have anything that would be open all week, but we do have wednesday afternoons and friday-sunday.
  6. They will recognize USPA for everybody, except for Austrian nationals. Austrian nationals need to have national licenses. It is probably the same in all EU countries - if you are a national, you need to have the national license. However FAI does indeed issue normal licenses (and not just sporting licenses). You can get the documents here: https://www.fai.org/page/information-and-order
  7. I jumped it the last couple of days. At first I was sceptical if I would actually hear or understand what it is telling me, but it is super clear. I still had an audible in my helmet, but with Vog telling me altitudes every 100 ft I didn't really need it. http://www.prostipad.si
  8. Is Flysight really being considered? Me and a friend had it for a couple of jumps, we were together from exit to breakoff but the average speed was different for about 30km/h, measured from 2700m to 1700m. http://www.prostipad.si
  9. I was trying something simmilar with Moto360 Sport, but the problem was the accidental push of the power button with the gloves I had on. Do you have any ideas about how to solve this? http://www.prostipad.si
  10. How does this work? For example for tandem videos, do I need a new license for each customer or does it still count under the same project? I'm thinking about jamendo and simmilar. http://www.prostipad.si
  11. Does it only use 2g network? I think 2g switch-off is in plan over the whole world in a couple of years. Otherwise in Europe it should be fine...I can't remeber a dropzone that would have bad reception, even the ones in the middle of nowhere and in mountain valleys. How about using your own sim? There ares services available that offer 1mb of data per month free. For example this: https://hologram.io/devplan/ http://www.prostipad.si
  12. Stabilisation is much better in Sony than in Gopro5, but I've only seen a couple of side by side videos. I have some Sony and Gopro 4 black side by side videos, and the video quality is about the same, Sony being slightly better. http://www.prostipad.si
  13. There was a guy in Slovenia, that did skysurf jumps from An-2 in the early 90s and I'm sure he wasn't the only one. http://www.prostipad.si
  14. Anyone have some mounting suggestions for X3000? I currently have it mounted with the waterproof case on a flat top helmet and don't really want to drill holes for cables. Some sort of skeleton housing would be nice, possibly something that shields the power/rec buttons. http://www.prostipad.si
  15. Do they offer free jump log export or only through paid Paralog?