Company formed to produce electric aircraft

CABLE, Calif. — A new company, GreenWing International, has been formed to handle the production of the eSpyder (pictured below) and e430 electric-powered aircraft from Yuneec International.

China-based Yuneec will continue to focus on developing the technologies for electric motors and power systems, company officials noted.

“GreenWing International is a new company created to specialize in the emerging electric aviation market. We are proud to announce that GWI has been created to market the eSpyder and e430 aircraft, and bring the revolution of electric flight to the global general aviation market,” said GreenWing International CEO Tian Yu.

ESpyder_HomeSince the first flights of its electric powered planes in 2009, Yuneec has been advancing its electric propulsion technologies, and all GWI aircraft will be powered by Yuneec electric propulsion systems.

GreenWing International will bring several eSpyder aircraft to AirVenture 2013 in July for ground and flight display.

The single seat eSpyder is nearing completion for initial production runs after undergoing development and flight testing during the past year. Daily flying demos of the eSpyder are also planned during AirVenture at the Ultralight Area runway.

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  1. Scott Sanford says

    All said and done it can fly for less than $3.00 per hour. So regardless of any other comments …what can beat it! that is not a glider

  2. says

    I fly an electric powered eGull ultralight plane, I don’t do it just because it is 6 times more efficient than a petrochemical powered plane, if it were running on coal it would still be producing only 1/2 the green house gasses as a petrochemical powered plane of the same size. I fly it because it is quiet, smooth, and much more reliable than using a gas engine,( petrochemical). It is a pleasure to turn the motor off and glide and than whenever I want or need power , all I have to do is push the lever forward and I instantly have full power, unlike the gas engine that I need to prime and start than worm up than after some time waiting than go to full power. I love to glide and electric power makes the perfect power source for power gliders right now. in the near future batters will have improved and you will see electric planes flying usable distances. but for me I am really happy with the 70 miles I am getting out of my battery’s right now,and being able to climb to 12,000 feet is plenty.
    Happy Flying

  3. says

    Greenies can go hug a goat. They are so far off base and don’t even know it. Do they know that the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States was 135 degrees and that it occurred 100 years ago. We people and what we do are so insignificant that we can only hurt ourselves by not being cognizant of the polution we create. I am sure that good ole mother earth can take care of herself.

  4. Kent Misegades says

    There are a number of advantages to using electric propulsion in sport aircraft, but do these companies always have to use the “green” moniker? Batteries do not produce the energy needed to propel an aircraft, only store the energy produced elsewhere. In China, this is likely from coal-fired plants. In the U.S., since coal represents about half of all electricity generated, the airplane should correctly be called a “Coal-powered airplane”. And what’s wrong with that? Let’s stick to the facts and promote an airplane for the right reasons – safety, fun, cost, reliability, etc. – not because its use will somehow save a tree or some other nonsense.

    • Rich says

      These arrogant, “I care more than you do” tree huggers always disregard those obvious facts about where the energy comes from.
      Same with Prius drivers.

      Now, if you’re gonna charge it only from solar cells then you can get bragging rights.
      But you are right, China along with it’s horrible human rights issues, certainly has nothing to brag about in the ecology department.
      And they cold have at least made the wings green, but no, they are orange.

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