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APEV, the Association Pour la Promotion des Eschelles Volantes, or the Association for the Promotion of Flying Ladders, began life creating Pou de Ciels (Flying Fleas) based on a fuselage made from a popular, commercially-available aluminum ladder (Ã¢â‚¬Å“Electrified Minions of Mignet,Ã¢â‚¬Â February 1, 2010). The ease of construction made these a big hit in France, and the groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest effort, an aluminum and Diatex 1000 fabric tribute to Alberto Santos-DumontÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Demoiselle, appeared at last weekendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Green Aviation Show at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France.
The Demoichellec (the name comes from the use of lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢echelle, or ladder, and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“ecÃ¢â‚¬Â indicates an electric powerplant) is the latest brainchild of the APEV people. Although legal threats caused them to give up the use of actual ladders several years ago, the ladder-like appearance and the shiny aluminum remain.
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