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Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Dec 04, 2017 9:26 pm
by craneplaneguy
All the reports I've heard on the stuff is positive. The only bad, those skilled in conventional aircraft coverings have to keep in mind it's different in a lot of ways. Not more difficult, just different then working with ceconite etc. Some don't like the partial see through of it, the air frame may be somewhat visible against a strong light, big deal, it's the lightest way to go, the no painting is a bonus. Great choice!

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Dec 10, 2017 12:21 am
by adapt2entropy
Nice project Jackson. I've had 2 flights this fall on my powered hang glider with the zero drive train, but now it's too much like winter on this side of the 49th, and that gives me time to improve my data display and recording. Are you using the analogger to go with the CA? watch out, it's not rated for over 100v, and I proved that!
I only got 20 minutes flight time, used 50 Ah from 2 packs. This trike has wide tires and is more of a cruiser, seems to want 10kW to maintain level flight. My first e-trike was on a soaring wing (slower) and seemed to maintain with 7kW. I haven't played with prop settings yet. Nice reduction unit you built, I was able to get one from Thundergull.
Can't help but say, you look crunched in there in that narrow fuselage, so less drag, but then it's given away with the big tires .. if I had 4 batteries I won't care either! bubble doors could be an option some day down the road (that doesn't sound like airplane talk)
My last ice plane had pre-sewn dacron covering, and people called it the transparent plane if I flew overhead on a bright day. It was a crowd pleaser, but being an ultralight you don't get many positive remarks from the conventional pilots.
regards

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Dec 10, 2017 10:16 pm
by craneplaneguy
As a former hang glider and ultralight pilot, though now a fixed wing "conventional" pilot for the last 28 years or so (though experimental/homebuilt category) I HATE to hear some spam can Cessna pilot denigrate flex wings of any type, and I always call them out on it! They may not know my past flying history,.....The real good fixed pilots, with lots of experience, DON'T bad mouth other pilots of any ilk, it's the guys trying to build themselves up. Yeah, Farfles, you have two strikes "against" you : it's an ultralight and it's electric! I can hear the jokes now "what are you going to do when the battery runs out?" The same thing sort of happens in the hoisting business, I operate a 30 ton crane, and SOME guys running a 100 ton or bigger laugh when I call myself a crane operator, the same type of dip stick who would look down on an ultralight as not a real aircraft! If it gets you high enough to kill you, you are for sure a real pilot! Back to your construction thread, rant over.

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Jan 01, 2018 5:49 pm
by Farfle
Making more progress!


Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Jan 01, 2018 9:19 pm
by jonescg
I'm going to an event tonight where the company will be unveiling Australia's first electric aeroplane for commercial use - the Pipistrel.
I'll take heaps of photos :)

PS Love watching this build unfold :)

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Jan 01, 2018 9:22 pm
by Farfle
Pipistrel makes some phenomenal airplanes! Hopefully they did an OK electric system. Thanks for taking lots of pics!!!

Brief interlude of Farfles Electric Ultralight thread.

Posted: Jan 02, 2018 7:54 am
by jonescg
Beautiful little aeroplane!

350 volt (96s) battery - 4 x 5 kWh units in parallel (air cooled).
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EMRAX motor, liquid cooled.
Pipistrel's own inverter, also liquid cooled.
1 hour flight time with about 30 mins in reserve.
350 kg total mass.
Rocket propelled drogue 'chute for poopoo time.
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Video of it spinning up here:

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Jan 02, 2018 9:55 am
by craneplaneguy
A very nice low drag airframe, sexy looking too. "If it looks right, it probably flies right."

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Jan 02, 2018 2:54 pm
by fechter
Just park it facing into the wind and use the prop as a wind generator.

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Jan 02, 2018 6:16 pm
by helno
Pipistrel makes a nice plane.

They are selling them up here in Canada already.

Unfortunately the LSA rules specifically say that an LSA must have a single reciprocating engine. Someone was a bit shortsighted when they wrote that rule.

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Posted: Jan 03, 2018 9:06 am
by craneplaneguy
Ha, it looks weird to see no kick back when they shut the thing down, it just smoothly winds down like a turbine. Just one of my bush tires has as much drag as that entire air frame, but them again I land places (and take off again) that thing could only land once! Still, that is a really cool plane.....