There have been two electric aircraft with a difference of just a few hours managed to cross the English Channel a few hours ago. The news came when it was announced that the plane Airbus E-fan had managed to travel from Lydd, England, to the French port of Calis on Friday morning. However a French plane had advanced to that particular achievement.
The French pilot Hugues Duval had managed to cover the distance from Calais to Dover (return) 12 hours before an electric plane Cricri car, although he did not takeoff clearance from Calais and ended up taking off in a curious way: did "above "another plane itself had authorized, and then " took off "from this. This pilot claimed to have reached a speed of 150 km / h in its route of 52 km.
The first of many
Airbus aircraft only works with batteries and motors do not produce any emissions. It began test flights in March 2014 and is now planning a two - seat market in the market in 2017 with the aim of destine to pilot training. Didier Esteyne, the pilot of the E-fan who crossed the English Channel, believes that this " is really the beginning of great innovations " .This aircraft has a range of 45 minutes and a maximum speed of 220 km / h.
The CriCri, despite its peculiar appearance, has also managed to cross the English Channel, even beating the path of Airbus. The flight of the Airbus E-fan was escorted at all times by helicopters and rescue boats high speed, and in fact this kind of civil aviation segment is developing so have yet to be specified regulation in this regard. The two - seater Airbus is as just the first step of a long path , as indicated by Jean Botti, CTO of the firm, during the Paris Air Show last: " our goal here is to make a plane of 100 hybrid-electric seats in the future " , which according to this directive could be achieved in the next 15 years.
Other companies and projects also demonstrate the ability to perform and longer journeys in this type of aircraft: the Slovenian company Pipistrel had also prepared the flight of your electric aircraft to cross the English Channel this week, but the engine manufacturer, Siemens , opposed to that test by stating that the engine still did not have the authorization to carry out a flight over water. The CEO of the firm, Ivo Boscarol, said that there were 10 other developing electric aircraft , and compared this flight which carried 106 years ago Louis Blériot crossing first the English Channel in an airplane.