Electric powered aircraft SportStar EPOS, made its first flight from the Kunovice airport in Czech Republic last month. After a short, ten-minute flight, it landed successfully and a second flight followed immediately afterwards. The total time when the aircraft was powered by an electric motor reached about 30 minutes reported light aircraft manufacturer Evektor in a recent announcement.
" I perceive a close parallel with the automotive industry. In that field, electromobility also struggles for its place on the market, which it deserves, but in doing so it must overcome a number of technical problems. I am convinced that the range of potential electric driven sport aircraft is very wide," said the manager of the EPOS project Ing. Martin Drštička.
The Electric Powered Small Aircraft is equipped with a new extended span trapezoidal wing and is powered by a 50 kW electric motor.
The company will perform further tests and technical improvements to achieve a fully operational sport aircraft powered by an electric motor. The objective is to develop an aircraft that can be used for personal flying and also by flight schools for initial pilot training the company said.
The first SportStar EPOS presentation to the public will take place at the Europe's largest aviation exhibition Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany, which will be held from 24th to 27th April 2013.