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Aviation engineer designed a "perfect" small electric airplane

A "perfect" small electric airplane
A "perfect" small electric airplane

A new airplane design hopes to compete in the arena of small airplanes: The Amp is a two-seat electric Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA). The design is for a super quiet (<65 dBa), comfortable, safe, efficient and green aircraft. We are making this possible by combining the new battery technology with the latest aircraft innovations.

This airplane is designed to fit in many different aspects of flying such as:

  • Flight training – the Amp is an excellent training platform, providing over an hour of takeoffs and landings with time left to spare before needing to re-charge.
  • Leisure flight – take your Amp for a flight to another local airport and not go broke in the process. With direct operating costs less than $10/hr*, the term “Hundred-dollar hamburger” will soon be a forgotten joke of the past.
  • Noise-sensitive flight operations – with the whispering-quiet propeller, the airplane can be used in noise-sensitive areas without too much impact on wild life.
  • Remote operations – with optional solar-powered remote charging equipment, there’s no more need to supply fuel, or even electricity to the aircraft’s home base**.

The Alternair design features a super-light composite airframe, which is built from a special new type of carbon fabric. The advancements in the carbon composite technologies has allowed us to create a super light, yet super strong airplane.

Previsously, most airframes have been designed to fit the needs of the gas-powered engines. Alternair’s approach to the airframe design was to maximize the performance for the least amount of energy spent. The airframe has the maximum L/D at a slightly higher speed of 75 knots, and is capable of up to a 90-knot cruise in the nominal power setting range. However, the airplane still has the low-speed handling characteristics similar to most modern gas-powered LSAs.

This new develpment has a new feature never seen before on small General Aviation airplanes – an Aircraft Health Management (AHM). This new feature is allowing to help the pilot, the operator, to better understand what is going on with the airplane. The AHM is also one of the reasons why Alternair is able to offer a 5-year limited warranty at no extra cost (some restrictions apply).

Standard price: $129,000. Standard warranty: 5-year limited; Includes 5 free annual inspections, with supplemental coverage for normal wear and tear.

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