Tian Yu with the
first molds pulled for the company's electric-powered light-sport
Computer image of
the proposed LSA.
E-Flight Expo is an exposition of future
propulsion systems for general aviation aircraft, highlighting electrical,
ecological, and evolutionary developments in electric-powered aircraft,
hybrid engines, electric motors, complete propulsion systems and
hydrogen-powered aircraft. Following on the success of an E-Flight Expo at
AERO in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April, an Expo is now planned for EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Look for exhibits in the Aviation Learning
Center, sponsored by Chevron Global Aviation, in the exhibit hall across
from the NASA building.
One of the reported stars of the AERO Expo
was the Chinese company, Yuneec, led by Tian Yu, which has developed a
complete electric system with its own engine and battery system and
reports sales in excess of $30 million per year in sales of power packs
for model aircraft.
At AERO, Yuneec, exhibited electric-powered
paraplanes, a weight-shift trike, and a backpack motor for paragliders.
For AirVenture, Yu and Englishman Clive Coote are planning to demonstrate
an electric-powered two-seat light-sport aircraft, with an expected
endurance of 2 hours. The aircraft would be powered by the company's E-430
Earlier today, EAA received images of the
first prototype aircraft coming out of the molds. Yuneec expects to finish
construction in time to complete initial flight testing before
demonstrating the airplane at AirVenture 2009.