Aki Suokas in Finland has a radical new light aircraft design that weighs less than 70 kilos, including a drive train under 20 kilos to meet regulations.
His FlyNano single-seat fun flyer was officially launched and demonstrated at Aero 2011 at Friedrichshafen, Germany on 13 - 16 April. FlyNano comes in 3 variants - the electrically-powered series E 200, a gasoline - powered Series G 240, and the uprated racing models Series R 260/300. By contrast, ENFICA-FC has recently flown a two seater hydrogen fuel cell powered light aircraft.
FlyNano is extremely light thanks to advanced carbon fibre composite construction and innovative design. Wingspan is nearly 5 meters, nose to tail 3.5 meters, and height 1.3 meters. Maximum takeoff weight is 200 Kg. Speed range 70 - 140 km/h with a service ceiling of 3 kilometers. FlyNano's true airspeed is about 140 kmh at 75% power with a theoretical operational distance of 70 kilometers, somewhat less than for certain pure electric aircraft available earlier but the price is more competitive.
Pure electric planes, on-road vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles typically travel 160 kilometers or so. FlyNano is said to be for the fun of flying - with no passengers and no cargo. Prices range from € 25.000 - 27.000 with a trailer/storage box at € 5.300.
For more attend the IDTechEx event Electric Vehicles - Land Sea Air Europe 2011 in June.
Also read the new report Electric Aircraft 2011-2021 .
Image source: FlyNano