The Lindbergh Foundation Believes that Innovative Science and Technology Hold the Key to Addressing Humanity’s Environmental and Productivity Challenges

Randall Fishman, Cliffside Park, NJ

“Using Electric Propulsion in a Two-Man Aircraft to Make Extended Flight Economical and Pollution Free”

Category: Aviation: 2009

Global warming, air and noise pollution, and liquid fuel shortages are major factors facing the world today.  They are also of major concern to the aviation industry.  Gasoline-powered engines used in aviation are inefficient at producing mechanical power from fuel.  Only 25% of the energy is used to propel the airplane, the rest is wasted in the form of heat, vibration and noise.  To address these issues, Mr. Fishman plans to build a two-person airplane, with some baggage space, which would be propelled solely by an electric motor and electronic motor control.  The on-board 220-volt battery charger will be able to recharge the battery packs in three hours or less, and can be used with a 110-volt outlet, if necessary.  This proposed electric propulsion plane would allow pilots to fly quietly on approximately $2 of electricity per Electric Flyertwo-hour flight, at current rates.  The aircraft will produce no local air pollution, reduce noise to nearly zero, produce almost no carbon footprint and use no oil or gasoline.  The results from this project will demonstrate that practical electric flight is possible today and may inspire others to begin converting to electric for at least a portion of the airplanes produced.  If well received, electric aircraft could offer new ways for people to travel short-to-medium distances and if widely adopted, they would contribute to a cleaner, quieter environment.

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