E- Aircrafts, The Future of General Aviation?

With the raising costs of fuel and in an effort to reduce carbon emissions produced by air travel, a combined project between the European agency EADS, Siemens and Diamond Aircraft is providing an answer in what will be the future electric airplane.

The group has developed two training aircraft in cooperation with Aero Composites Saintonge – ACS the E-Fan and the E-Star 2.

The E-Fan is a two seat training aircraft made entirely of composite materials, has a length of 6,7 mts, a wingspan of 9,5 mts. and a max takeoff weight of 1220 lbs.


An interesting concept of the E-Fan is the use of an additional rear-wheel drive that allows the airplane to taxi without using the main engines and to accelerate up to 38MPH during takeoff.

An important limitation of the E-Fan to be solved in the future is the reduced time able to stay in flight with full charged batteries, only 45-60 min.

E-Fan Specifications:
– Type: Training Aircraft
– First Flight: 11 MAR 2014
– Engines: (2) Electric Turbines of 1,5 KN.
– Length: 6,7 mts.
– Wingspan: 9,5 mts.
– Seats: 2
– Power Source: 2 (Li-Po) Lithium Polymer Batteries
– Max Takeoff Weight: 550 kgs. – 1220 lbs.
– Max Cruise Speed: 137 MPH
– Endurance: 60 min.

The Diamond DA36 E-Star is a hybrid electric motor glider resulting from the evolution of the DA HK36 Super Dimona.

The DA36 E-Star is powered by a 70KW electric motor which receives electricity from a generator operated by a small Wankel engine, as an additional source of power, the airplane relies on a battery to provide extra power for takeoff and climb.

Fliegen mit Siemens Integrated Drive System / Flying with Siemens Integrated Drive System

Diamond DA36 E-Star Specifications:

– Type: Motor Glider
– First Flight: 8 JUN 2014
– Engine: Siemens 70KW (94HP) – Primary Source.
– Wingspan: 16 mts.
– Seats: 2
– Power Source: 40HP Austro Engines Wankel – Secondary Source.
– Max Takeoff Weight: 770 kgs. – 1698 lbs.
– Max Cruise Speed: 171 MPH
– Max Glide Ratio: 27:1 at 65 MPH


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Bombardier CSeries – FTV1 Flies Again!

Bombardier confirmed today that CSeries FTV1 took to the skies again from its home base of Mirabel, Quebec. Following the meticulous review of over 14,000 data points from the first flight and upon completion of aircraft’s re-configuration and software upgrades for the next set of flight tests, FTV1 once again reached an altitude of 12,000 feet, at speeds of 230 knots.

“This follow up flight test was exceptionally clean as we performed a series of value-added tests that actually included a first-round collection of noise data – and though early in the program – I have to say our flight sciences teams on the ground are officially impressed with our findings so far,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Program.  “We are additionally pleased that FTV1 performed a smooth, superb landing. The flight crew is eager to take to the skies yet again in the coming days.”

Source: Bombardier Media

Bombardier CSeries First Flight Recap – Video & Pics

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Last Monday, under perfect weather conditions, Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the successful first flight of its CSeries aircraft, an all-new family of aircraft specifically designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment. The maiden flight marks the start of the CSeries aircraft’s flight test program leading up to the first customer delivery, and was also the first flight for Pratt & Whitney’s new Geared Turbofan™ PurePower engine as part of an aircraft certification program.

The historic flight of CSeries, a CS100 jetliner was conducted by Captain Charles (Chuck) Ellis, Chief Flight Test Pilot, Bombardier Flight Test Center and his colleagues, Capt. Andris (Andy) Litavniks and Andreas Hartono in the roles of First Officer and Flight Test Engineer, respectively. The flight departed from Montréal–Mirabel International Airport at approximately 9:55 EDT and returned at approximately 12:25 EDT.

“The performance of the CSeries aircraft was very impressive! We couldn’t have wished for a better maiden flight,” said Capt. Ellis, the state-of-the-art flight deck was responsive and comfortable, and the aircraft handled exactly as expected. Overall, we had a very productive first flight and an excellent start to the flight test program.”

“This is a very proud day for Bombardier and a true validation of the CSeries aircraft’s design and development, and of our extensive ground test program,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Five years in the making, the CSeries aircraft’s first flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of hard work and dedication from our employees, partners and suppliers around the world.

“During its maiden flight, the CSeries reached an altitude of 12,500 feet (3,810 metres) and an air speed of 230 knots (426 km/h). In-flight tests included flap and landing gear retractions and extensions; in-flight manoeuvres that included a simulated landing; and early validation of the flight control system. Additionally, we’re also delighted that many of our guests commented on the impressive and quiet performance during takeoff and landing,” added Mr. Dewar.

“On behalf of Bombardier’s leadership team, I extend my gratitude to everyone who was involved in making this flight such a great success,” said Mike Arcamone, President,

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The patience, care and quality that has gone into the CSeries aircraft’s development program shone through today as we celebrate this milestone achievement of the first all-new, single-aisle aircraft that will revolutionize the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market – with its outstanding economics, reduced environmental footprint and exceptional flying experience.

“This flight takes us one step closer to putting the game-changing CSeries aircraft into service with our customers and their passengers,” added Mr. Arcamone.

The first CSeries aircraft was greeted by more than 3,000 Bombardier employees and Board members, customers, partners and suppliers, upon its return to the company’s Mirabel, Québec facility, where the final assembly line for the CSeries aircraft program is now under construction.

A total of five CS100 flight test vehicles, all of which are currently in various stages of assembly, will join the flight test program in the coming months.

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Source: Bombardier

Photo Credits: Bombardier

Dreamliner 787-9 First Flight – Video

boeing-dreamliner-787-9Ahead of schedule, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time last Tuesday, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery in mid-2014.

With its distinctive new Boeing livery, the newest member of the efficient 787 family completed a 5-hour, 16-minute flight, taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 11:02 a.m. local time and landing at 4:18 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

“Today’s first flight marks a significant milestone for our team, including our partners,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner. “We are tremendously proud to have our customers fly the 787-9 and look forward to delivery of the first airplane to Air New Zealand next year.”

During Tuesday’s flight, 787-9 Senior Project Pilot Mike Bryan and 787 Chief Pilot Randy Neville departed to the north, reaching an altitude of 20,400 feet (6,218 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour, customary for a first flight. While Capts. Bryan and Neville tested the airplane’s systems and structures, onboard equipment transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.

“We accomplished a lot in this flight, and it went really well,” said Bryan. “The 787-9 is a great jet and we wanted to just keep on flying.”

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, the first 787-9 will be joined in flight test by two additional airplanes, one of which will feature General Electric GEnx engines. Those airplanes are in the final stages of assembly in Boeing’s Everett factory. Over the coming months, the fleet will be subjected to a variety of tests and conditions to demonstrate the safety and reliability of the airplane’s design.

The 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes first opened with the 787-8. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will carry 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers), with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering the features passengers prefer such as large, dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Boeing is on track to deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Twenty-five customers from around the world have ordered 388 787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.

Boeing’s new 787-900 landing @ Boeing field on its first flight on 9/17/2013

Source:  Boeing Media Room

Photo Credits:  The GuardianGizmag.com

Today: Sept. 17 First Flight for Dreamliner 787-9

Dreamliner 787-9

Two years after delivering the first Dreamliner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes introduces the second member of the Dreamliner Team. The 787-9 is 20 feet (6 meters) longer than the 787-8 model currently in production, and will seat up to 40 more passengers, for a total of 290, making it more economical to operate.

In June, Boeing launched the 787-10, which will add another 18 feet to the 787-9’s length, but will have a shorter range than either of the earlier jets.

Boeing completed yesterday a series of initial taxi tests that will precede the 787-9 first flight.

The 787-9 certification is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014. The first delivery is due in mid-2014.

The 787-9 carries a list price of $243.6 million, compared with $206.8 million for the 787-8. Boeing hasn’t disclosed a price for the 787-10.


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Fact Sheet:

Brief Description:  The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a bigger version of the 787-8. Both are super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features that bring the economics of large jet transports to the middle of the market, using 20 percent less fuel than any other airplanes of their size.

250 to 290 passengers

8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers)

Twin aisle

Cross Section:
226 inches (574 centimeters)

Wing Span:
197 feet (60 meters)

206 feet (63 meters)

56 feet (17 meters)

Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.85

Maximum Takeoff Weight:
553,000 lbs (250,836 kg)

Total Cargo Volume:
5,400 feet3 (153 m3)

Program Milestones:
Final assembly: May 2013
First flight: 17/09/2013
First delivery: Mid-2014

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Photo Credits:  The Boeing Co.


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