The world's most powerful electric aircraft will be on display at Innovation Hangar - South at EAA AirVenture 2012.
Chip Yates, the innovator/entrepreneur behind the world's fastest electric motorcycle and holder of eight land speed records, is setting his sights on flying from New York to Paris using a 258-hp electric Long-EZ - dubbed the Long-ESA.
The Long-ESA to be displayed is part of the R&D program to develop mid-air recharging of battery packs to enable Yates' planned Lindbergh all-electric flight in 2014.
With 400 foot-pounds of torque and twice the power of a standard Long-EZ, Yates plans to utilize several novel applications of technology to accomplish this mission, including airborne refueling, battery drop recovery via steerable parachute, Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), reversible prop, rotary throttle knob, and three-blade custom carbon fiber CATTO prop.
"New York to Paris nonstop is the holy grail of aviation; Charles Lindbergh set that standard in 1927 and his flight changed the course of history by proving that aviation was indeed a viable and practical industry. It is a huge challenge to attempt this flight with electric propulsion, fraught with complexity and risk, but it represents the future of flight," Yates said. "I embrace these difficulties wholeheartedly, and it is the mission of the Flight of the Century engineering team to demonstrate to the world that electric propulsion is viable now and we need to build this industry as quickly as possible to have a competitive and sustainable future in aviation.
"Our team recently joined the Electric Aircraft Development Alliance because I believe that it will take all of us working together to guide the industry as it grows and make sure that we have reasonable safety standards and regulations that nurture new ideas and thinking, and facilitate access to the technology that will transform the way we travel."
Yates is slated to speak at the "Future Vision" session of the Electric Flight Symposium in Innovation Hangar - North (formerly Children's Activity Hangar) on Thursday, July 26, and during the "Breakthrough Technologies" session (also in Innovation Hangar - North) on Friday, July 27.
Visit the Flight of the Century website for more information.