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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedElectric Aircraft Innovation on Display at AirVenture
Flight demonstrations, technology forums part of Oshkosh activities
  

The Yuneec e430 makes a test flight near Camarillo, California.

The electric-powered ultralight, eSpyder.
The innovation and technology of the emerging era of electric-powered aircraft will be a major part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with a full schedule of events throughout the week. Among the scheduled activities are afternoon showcase flights each day; evening flight demos; and displays and forums in AirVenture's Aviation Learning Center.

"Hosting the pioneering technology of electric aircraft is a natural for EAA AirVenture, which has always been the annual showcase for what's new in the world of flight," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "This area will play an increasing role in aviation in this century, and only at Oshkosh can people meet and hear from the innovators themselves and find out more about what it means for individual aircraft owners and pilots."

EAA is also inviting innovators and developers of the electric-powered aircraft to participate in forums and presentations at Oshkosh this year. A variety of innovators, from those with electric airplane concepts to those with active prototypes, are expected to be part of the activities. Interested parties should contact Ron Wagner at EAA headquarters at rwagner@eaa.org or 920-426-4800.

At EAA AirVenture 2009, several electric-powered aircraft were on display from both American and international companies. While much of this technology is in its relative infancy, enthusiasm for this emerging segment of flight is growing quickly and attracting both scientists and investors to the possibilities.

EAA has been supporting electric-powered aircraft technology for several years. In 2008, EAA petitioned the FAA to allow electric motors as powerplants for light-sport aircraft (LSA). The potential of such use in light aircraft will expand as innovations continue to improve the feasibility and economics of electric-powered flight.

A full schedule of activities will be posted at the www.airventure.org website as it is finalized.

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