Small electric airplanes completing first flight across the English Channe




Two pilots are managed by a small and fully electrically powered aircraft to make a trip across the Channel. The efforts are designed to encourage the development of such aircraft, but meanwhile the competitors or arguing about who was first.

Hugues Duval was the first who succeeded in his attempt to fly an electrically powered aircraft from Calais to Dover and back. His small plane about 100 kilograms was initially helped in the air by another plane, but could then fly autonomously. Several hours after the Airbus attempt by Duval also managed to make such a trip. Before the aircraft manufacturer used a proprietary two-seater named E-fan.

Duval said facing Associated Press that he took his flight across the English Channel at a speed of about 150 kilometers per hour. He states that it has taken years to develop before this achievement was possible: Duval is not supported by an airplane manufacturer. During testing phases Duval flew his plane electric only over land. Incidentally Airbus with its E-fan a long test phase behind us.

Attempts to first fly across the English Channel are to promote the development of electrically powered aircraft. So Airbus is planning to launch its two-seater in 2017. The plane was designed especially to train pilots. After that there appear models that can carry more passengers. The current version has a wingspan of almost 10 meters and can fly about two hours on its lithium-ion battery. What exactly Duval plans his plane is unknown.

Incidentally Airbus argues that the attempt by Duval to fly in an electrically powered airplane across the English Channel should not be recognized because the pilot did not independently ascended. The company therefore claimed that his E-fan, although with only a few hours to be defeated, the first independent Channel is flown.

The plane of Duval and the E-fan are not the first electrically powered aircraft. In recent times, the Solar Impulse 2 took the news frequently, including through the longest ever solo flight down turn , both in time and in distance. This aircraft also has electrically powered engines, but gets its energy from solar power rather than from pre-installed batteries. Other companies are working on electrically powered aircraft.


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