First electric flight for Erik Lindbergh

When a leading proponent of a fresh idea, in this case airplanes powered by electric motors, finally has a chance to use the technology it can significantly heighten his motivation. Such was the case when Erik Lindbergh took the opportunity to fly GreenWing International’s pure-electric eSpyder.

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Electric! Gorgeous! Freedom!…4th generation ULS

Randall Fishman virtually invented the electric aircraft. That’s a rather big statement, yet I stand behind it. Randall first showed a functional electric trike at Oshkosh 2007. He’s been on a tear ever since and his ULS is his present state-of-the-art, his fourth generation of electric aircraft design.

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Electric Sports weight-shift trike impresses

AERO, held each year in the south of Germany, is one of those shows that has interesting aircraft in more nooks and crannies than even a crack reporter can find. Thanks to Tom Peghiny of Flightstar eSpyder and Flight Design USA fame, we have more from the German show about electric-powered aircraft.

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International workshop on electric aircraft standardization slated

ASTM International Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft will host the International Workshop on Electric Aircraft Standardization March 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lakeland, Fla. The workshop is being held in conjunction with Committee F37’s standards development meetings at the 38th Annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo.

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New ruling could harm electric aircraft growth

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Electric Aircraft Development Alliance (EADA) are opposing a proposed Department of State rule that would place strict restrictions on the types of lithium-ion batteries that would be available on the commercial marketplace. EAA submitted comments to the State Department explaining that such limits could greatly hamper the further development of electric aircraft that has emerged in recent years, according to a report at EAA.org