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Electric Airplane Designer Wants Aviation Energy Autonomy

• Jason Paur via WIRED.com
The Elektra One from PC-Aero is making its North American debut here at Airventure. The sleek electric single-seater is a prototype of the airplane designer Calin Gologan hopes will go into production next year. But Gologan’s main goal isn’t production, it’s developing a truly “modern” airplane. He believes that starts with energy autonomy.

Gologan’s goal in developing a modern airplane is to move beyond how an airplane might look modern yet still use the same decades-old propulsion system. Those old engines come with the same high operating costs that have been around for decades as well. Gologan thinks electric power can change the definition of a modern airplane — and look good, too.

“In my mind a modern aircraft is using less energy, alternative energy and having low noise,” he says. “But an aircraft must also have a nice form and be attractive, aircraft in this class are also sold by emotion.”


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