Solar-powered aircraft could offer a low-cost way to train future pilots, if the partners developing the Sun Flyer succeed in their ambitious plans. A technology demonstrator–a PC-Aero Elektra One–for the Sun Flyer solar-powered airplane made its first flight earlier this month in Munich, Germany, and can be seen at EAA AirVenture 2014 at the Redbird Flight Simulations display (Booth 320). While the Elektra One technology demonstrator didn’t fly with solar panels, the panels will be installed on the Elektra that is on display at AirVenture.
GreenWing International is preparing to market the eSpyder electric airplane in the U.S., first as an amateur-built kit then as a factory-built light sport aircraft (LSA). U.S. production of the eSpyder is expected to begin later this year. The eSpyder was certified in Germany in February and is based on the Flightstar Spyder ultralight airframe.
Last week, I walked through my local grocery and happened to come across the displays of new light bulbs. You know, the ones with the odd shapes and higher prices. The ones that our government has determined to be more environmentally correct.
Aircraft Lighting International has introduced an LED reading light bulb that is a direct replacement for 28V DC/AC miniature incandescent halogen lamps.
According to Nick Michelinakis, owner of the Mount Sinai, N.Y.-based company, “absolutely no changes or modifications to the reading light fixtures are necessary.” Other advantages include lower power draw, virtually no heat generation and a five-year warranty.
The world debut of solar-powered Solar Impulse airplane could hardly have happened in less auspicious weather conditions.
Looking more like a glider than an airplane, the two-seat, battery-powered eGenius made its first flight on May 25, from Mindelheim airfield in Bavaria, Germany. Designed by the Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart, the concept aircraft flew for 20 minutes powered by a 60kW electric motor.
Emteq, a specialist in customized cabin interior lighting, is at the NBAA Convention (Booth No. 4955) to illuminate attendees about the benefits of its new variable white LED lighting system it calls "Daylight."
Boeing’s Chicago downtown headquarters has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star, indicating that the building performs in the top 25 percent of comparable facilities nationwide in terms of energy efficiency. Improvements to the building’s automation and lighting systems helped reduce energy consumption and costs.
Major airframers and component suppliers have instituted new research programs and initiatives to develop electric propulsion for light aircraft. The consensus among the participating parties is that battery and motor technology offering similar performance and endurance of small piston engines is roughly 10 years away.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) warned the aviation community not to dispose of fluorescent bulbs, which contain mercury, like ordinary garbage. According to NATA, “Fluorescent light bulbs used in many FBOs are regulated by the U.S.
- Page 1