|The all electric eSpyder on display in the Innovations Pavilion at AirVenture 2013.
By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent
July 29, 2013 -
GreenWing International is announcing that it will be taking orders for the eSpyder electric single-seat aircraft at the EAA AirVenture show this week in Oshkosh.
The eSpyder offers pilots the opportunity to experience clean, quiet, affordable electric flying.
"GreenWing is excited to be moving into production on the eSpyder, and we anticipate that this is the beginning of the electric revolution in recreational flying," said Eric Bartsch, president and founder of Chanute Consulting Group LLC.
Yuneec's eSpyder E280 single-seat ultralight debuted at AERO 2012 in Germany, and it's back in 2013 as what the company claims is the world's first certified electric airplane.
With German DULV certification awarded in February the eSpyder provides practical, affordable recreational flying with clean, quiet electric power. It combines a proven airframe design with the Yuneec 24-kW electric power system that can lift a 220-pound payload at an initial climb rate of 375 feet per minute. Maximum speed is 56 mph; economy cruise is 37 mph.
Flights as long as an hour are possible, with a 30-minute reserve still available upon landing. Batteries can be charged in about two hours.
The typical cost per hour for electrical power in the United States is $1.60; the noise level is around 51 dB, far below any gas-powered plane.
The eSpyder will initially be sold as an experimental amateur-built kit in the United States, and it will be sold as a completed aircraft in Europe, where it already holds German DULV certification.
GreenWing is focusing on delivering outstanding customer service to the early customers for electric aviation, before taking a larger number of orders.
To that end, initial deliveries (starting in the fourth quarter of 2013) will be initially limited to 25 aircraft in the European Union and 25 kits in the United States. Pricing will be 34,990 euros for the completed plane in Europe and $39,990 for the experimental kit in the United States.
Customers wishing to inquire about U.S. orders should contact Tony Settember at 909-917-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers wishing to inquire about E.U. orders should contact Mario Bahlouli at email@example.com.
For more info, check out www.GreenWing.aero.