Originally Posted by a64pilot
Bull whatever, batteries are just a carrier for energy, you end up burning fossil fuel
to charge the batteris, just like hydrogen powered cars were once the rage, where does the hydrogen come from? Electricity from coal burning plants.
Show me one viable electric
airplane, viable means able to actually go somewhere, not a glider with an electric motor
If viable means 200 kt cruise
in your 6 seat airborne SUV, then your right, we aren't there yet with current battery
energy density. But if you fly just for the pleasure of flying and not using it as a transportation tool, it is here today.
I started in hang gliders, then U/L and GA. Flying is more pure without the noise
, smell and vibration of an ICE. For an U/L powered by a 2 stroke
, operating costs with TBO and 100LL is about $30 per hour, cheap
by GA standards. If the same U/L is powered by an electric motor
and Lipo batteries, upfront costs are close to the same but hourly costs (including future battery
replacement) is about $5 per hour at $0.10 per kWh. Much less in the PNW.
At 300 hours per year of pleasure flying
$9000 per year.
Electric $1500 per year.
Here is Mark Beierle's Gull 2000 U/L.
On the electric front we have crossed the 200 mph level.