Battery Powered Airplane

skydog

New Member
Whether or not it's feasible depends on what you would want to use it for. For the purposed demonstrated in the article (personal/sport aviation) I would say that it looks very feasible.

As for its potential uses in commercial aviation I would say, for the time being, that it has limited or no feasibility. That said, one must remember that most inventions/discoveries were not made with practical application in mind. With continued R&D, I see that an electric powered airplane could be just as useful as a reciprocating powered airplane.
 

jynxyjoe

The Kickin' Chicken!
787 is going with some pretty out there lithium ion batteries that will power most systems (including the brakes I just saw). Boeing seems pretty confident they'll pass certification.
 

wheelsup

Well-Known Member
There really is no place for an electric airplane until it can be built to similar capabilities as the current ones such as IFR and actually go a decent distance, 400 miles or so. The point of an airplane is to travel from A -> B, not tool around the patch for 45 minutes.
 

Sidious

Well-Known Member
There really is no place for an electric airplane until it can be built to similar capabilities as the current ones such as IFR and actually go a decent distance, 400 miles or so. The point of an airplane is to travel from A -> B, not tool around the patch for 45 minutes.

Ehh.. I think theres a market... like the guys who want to tool around the pattern for 45 minutes :)

Once the technology gets better I think it could be huge
 
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