June 23, 2018
Here is a singularly bad idea.
In the insane world of the Gang Green, electric, tiny, and dangerous is a noble and happy goal, and they were not content to create "tiny houses" from trash dumpsters and the like, or to have us drive in tiny cars that make the Shriners parade vehicles look like SUV's. Now they are trying to give us tiny airplanes!
From the article: "Norway tested a two-seater electric plane on Monday and predicted a start to passenger flights by 2025 if new aviation technologies match a green shift that has made Norwegians the world’s top buyers of electric cars."
"Asked when passenger flights in electric planes could start, Falk-Petersen, the pilot, said: "My best guess is before 2025 ... It should all be electrified by 2040.”
The two said the plane, with a takeoff weight of 570 kg (1255 lb), was cramped and buffeted by winds but far quieter than a conventional plane run on fossil fuels.
Norway tops the world league for per capita sales of electric cars such as Teslas, Nissan Leafs or Volkswagen Golfs, backed by incentives such as big tax breaks, free parking and exemptions from road tolls. "
Such a vehicle would be easily buffetted by winds and weather patterns and may well crash if it hit a single bird. I wouldn't dare fly in one of those airborn coffins.
Does anyone remember the autogyro aka gyrocopter or gyroplane? They were generally small, often open air, and they flew so slowly and low that they didn't used to require a pilot's licence. But they were deathtraps and you can hardly find them anymore. They were just too light to be safe.
(For those who remember the movie "The Road Warrior" that was a featured vehicle in the film.)
There is something about environmentalism that rots the brain. An electric airplane is a horrible idea.
Think about that one for a moment: terse, clear, and very true. Some of Yogi's pronouncements take quite awhile to digest, but that doesn't make them any less accurate. The fact that the man was often difficult to interpret didn't make him any less wise.
And it's very much to the point here. Any light-weight power plant will hoist a light-weight airplane into the skies, but will the technology "scale up" sufficiently to be commercially viable? There are plenty (or used to be) of two-seater single engined planes around. When I was a boy the skies were full of Piper J-3 Cubs and similar craft, made by a number of aircraft manufacturers. I seriously doubt that anyone ever spent serious time thinking about putting an electric motor on such a plane back then. Why bother now? Very few people are going to want to pilot an electric plane, and hardly more will want to ride in one.
Posted by: Dana Mathewson at June 28, 2018 09:45 AM (Grtv4)
Great points Dana!
Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at June 30, 2018 06:37 AM (P2MsZ)
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