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Electric Aircraft - The Thread
DJL posted a topic in General Skydiving DiscussionsI've had my eye on this for a while and it looks like the industry is about to turn the corner of the magic ratio of energy density (energy to weight). There are already commercial airlines ordering electric aircraft in the short haul market and I have to believe that with the flight cost being 1/10th of an ICE aircraft that it's going to turn heads very quickly. Once an air frame that works with skydiving hits the secondary market there's no doubt that small DZ's will start snapping these up. If big DZ's are getting hit hard NOW with C182 operations sprouting up around them, just wait until they can fly for $20/hr fuel cost. Here are a couple on the current market. The key elements are cost, operating cost, weight and power. Bye Aerospance eFlyer 2 ($350k, $20/hr, XXkg, 90kW peak/70kW continuous) Company is testing a 9-seater https://electrek.co/2019/04/11/norway-60-electric-airplanes/ Cessna Caravan - powertrain developed for existing airframe ($XXXX, $XX/hr, 50 kg engine, 250 kw) https://www.flyer.co.uk/magnix-tests-new-electric-motor-on-cessna-ironbird/ Seimens SP260D engine ($XXXX, $XX/hr, 50 kg engine, 261 kw) Their goal is a 10kw/kg engine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_SP260D