Lazair Electric, Amphibious and Soars Dale Kramer angelica14709
First flight of a Amphibious, Battery powered ultra light aircraft
Photos of Lazair with Recip engines at http://angelica14709.com/v-web/gallery/album121
One of Dale's posts on rcgroups. As a first report I will summarize what I think I achieved by going to Oshkosh with the worlds first electric seaplane.
First, I know that I have inspired a lot of people as I think that I have shown an electric aircraft is practical now, with today's technology.
In flying a total of 10 flights, totaling 4.5 hours in the air at Oshkosh, I believe that I flew over ten times longer than any other electric aircraft at Oshkosh this year.
Even though I never flew in front of the main crowds, I was still swamped after my flights by the relatively few people that made their way down to the ultralight runway early in the morning or just before dark when I had my time to fly in the ultralight area.
Each of my 1/2 hr flights was in the same time-slot as the powered parachutes. I chose these slots because the powered parachutes had a tight flyby circuit. Had I flown in the regular ultralight slot, I would not have been seen but once every ten minutes due to the size of the circuit they were required to fly. As it was, I was able to fly down the ultralight runway every 2 minutes or so at between 100 and 300 feet high. I really must say thanks again to the parachute guys for letting me join them.
In each of my 1/2 hr flights I was able to show both gliding and single engine performance of the amphib Lazair by flying down the ultralight runway with the motors on 'idle' (read that as 'off'), then with one engine off and the other at full power and vice versa for another pass.
Carmen and I spent most of each day sitting at the airplane answering questions and we enjoyed every minute of it. Untold numbers of Lazair owners came by and swapped their stories with us.
Secondly I believe that there will be a number of people that will take action and build that electric aircraft project they have had in their minds eye. In fact, I have come up with a new t-shirt motto that I think is appropriate for myself and all those who choose to follow in my footsteps --- We dream it.... then we do it!
And lastly I believe that the publicity of my Oshkosh flying will keep inspiring future dreamers to join the club.
P.S. The video referenced in Post #298 above is now 3rd on the list of the Top Ten Airventure Videos of this year, just behind George Lucas's Red Tails Trailer and ahead of Bob Hoover-Rockstar .... WOW
Flying the TYRO recreational (ultralight) aircraft
Wing mounted camera views of the Australian designed home built TYRO
recreational (ultralight) aircraft. Recorded with a HD camera featuring a
170 degree wide angle lens for spectacular views of the pilot, aircraft and
The first airborne test flights of the FlyNano electric proto.
Date and time: June 11, 2012 at 20:09
Location: Lake Hepari, Kirkkonummi Finland/ 60.24568, 24.39839
Pilot: Pekka Kauppinen
Electric powertrain by Grejo Oy and Palonen LABS
Electric Lazair at Airventure
I fitted my Go Pro to Dale Kramer's electric Lazair at Airventure. Footage
of take off and climb cruise and single engine shut down.
Airbike First Flight
I found this old video on my computer. It's the first flight in my Airbike
after building it in my basement.
I had finished up the paperwork with the FAA earlier that week and received
my tailwheel endorsement that afternoon. The weather was perfect and there
was nothing left to do but go fly. The monthly EAA chapter meeting happened
to be that night, so I ended up with a few extra helpers and a bit of a
The flight went well, even though my nerves were tested a bit.The guy
pulling the starter rope is Wally. He was my SEL power instructor in
C-150s. The man shaking my hand at the end is Laird, who was one of the two
glider instructors that first taught me to fly.
Except for my first solo in a glider, few have been as memorable as this
first flight in an airplane I built myself. It was an excellent day all
A few folks have asked why its called an Airbike. It has nothing to do with
bicycles, exercise machines or anime vehicles. It simply because your feet
are on the outside similar to a motorcycle. The seat is also narrow like a
motorcycle. The company that sold the kits picked the name almost 20 years
ago. That's all there is to it. Sorry if you were expecting something else.
SG-38 glider at Ekeby, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Me enjoying my third high altitude flight with the vintage SG-38 glider at
Eskilstuna soaring club during the youth-camp of 2009. A modified old car
towed the plane with a 600 m long rope to an altitude of about 200 m. After
that; pure flying, as real as it gets. My best flying experience by far!
Running Airbike2 before installing WINGS
UPDATE : This engine is no longer installed on this aircraft. Had to go
with a larger one because this one just did not have enough horsepower.
Here is a video of the Airbike running for the first time since getting it
home. It only has 5 hrs. TT on it. That includes the 2 hr. break in I ran
it for over 4 yrs. ago. After replacing the old fuel with fresh 93 octane,
repairing cracked fuel line and the spark plug, she was screaming like it
Sikorsky Firefly: An Electric Helicopter
Produced by Glenn Pew (http://www.glennpew.com/) for AVweb.com. It's at
nearly gross weight before the pilot steps in and can only fly for 15
minutes, but that's not the point. Sikorsky Innovations sees the Firefly as
a testbed for the technologies that may make for a real electric helicopter
MS760 Personal Airliner "Paris Jet"
Come and check out this amazing aircraft for your self. Twin engine
reliability and performance coupled with modern technology make this
aircraft perfect for the pilot/owner looking for fighter and commuter in
one machine. Prices range from $350k to $750k