Tue, Jun 23, 2009
Hopes To Show E430 To The U.S. At Oshkosh
It might not be time for Lycoming or Continental to start
looking over their shoulders, but with the first flights of the
Yuneec E430 electric-powered aircraft in China last week, there may
soon be an alternative powerplant in the LSA market.
Yuneec describes the E430 as a twin seat, single engine, LSA
class aircraft designed to be simple to use, easy to fly and with
virtually zero vibration. Low noise, no emissions, no fuel,
extremely low maintenance and best of all it’s
Test pilot Shun Xun reported that the airplane performed well on
it's four short duration straight-line hops of about a minute each.
The test flights were designed to test controls, responsiveness,
and power systems. Xun said the E430 had plenty of power, ran very
smoothly, and the cockpit noise level was low. The E430 rotates
about 40 mph had flew at a sedate 56 mph on the short flights.
"We very much want to do everything we can so we can demonstrate
the airplane at Oshkosh," said Clive Coote, Yuneec managing
director located in the United Kingdom. "Everyone is very
According to EAA, the company hopes to ship an E430 to Oshkosh
for display at AirVenture 2009, if all goes well with additional
flight testing. That will come at Camarillo airport in California,
where the airplane will undergo FAA certification testing.
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