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E-Fan: AIRBUS group’s Electric Plane crossed the Channel in 2015!



” The potential of electric aviation

At 11am, 10 July 2015, on a calm, sunny summer morning, the Airbus E-Fan touched down in Calais to enter its name in the record books.

The all-electric plane became the first twin-engine electric plane taking off with its own power to negotiate the English Channel, more than 100 years after Louis Blériot first made the intrepid journey.

E-Fan’s first flight above the sea

Travelling in the opposite direction to the pioneering Frenchman and powered by lithium-ion batteries, the E-Fan took off from Lydd on the English south coast, completing the 74 kilometre flight east to Calais, France, in around 37 minutes. Flown by test pilot Didier Esteyne, the all-electric plane weighs around 600 kilogrammes and travelled at an altitude of about 1,000 metres [3,500 feet].

E-Fan’s initial production targets

Airbus Group will invest in, and construct, the E-Fan’s Pau assembly site, which will be leased to its wholly owned Voltair subsidiary responsible for the electric aircraft’s development, production, sales, delivery and customer support. 

Construction is expected to begin in 2016, with the facility ready to initiate E-Fan 2.0 series production the following year, enabling the aircraft’s commercialisation in late 2017. The initial E-Fan production rate is targeted at approximately 10 aircraft annually, with the capability to grow based on market response.”   (AIRBUS Group website)


Looking forward to new records, challenges and innovation results! 

Will Paris – Tokyo by E-Fan be possible one day?


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Top 100 aerospace companies (Flightglobal ranking)

Top 100 Aerospace Companies (Picture - Flightglobal)

Top 100 Aerospace Companies (Picture – Flightglobal)


Flightglobal Analysis:

Aerospace industry financial data from 2014 underscores the obvious: this industry is riding a decade-long growth wave. Our analysis, compiled by the aerospace experts at PwC, shows that, barring a wobble during the darkest days of the financial crisis, makers of aircraft and their suppliers mostly sloughed off the downturn and then surged during an otherwise weak recovery. Indeed, aerospace can be said to be enjoying an economic super-cycle.

All-time sales records have fallen two years running, and growth is pushing double digits. The big two, Boeing and Airbus, are delivering aircraft, and taking orders, at rates that would have gobsmacked industry bosses 15 years ago – validating, it would seem, long-range demand forecasts that are giving today’s aerospace leaders the confidence to invest.

Can it go on? The optimistic assumption has long been that rising wealth in emerging markets is translating into a demand for travel that will endure – and aerospace growth has been outpacing world GDP for years.

But Brazil and India are on the buffers. Russia is suffering and only a fool would assume that a Chinese crisis – and hence, quite possibly, a global crisis – is out of the question. The slump in oil prices takes the urgency out of replacing ageing, relatively thirsty, aircraft fleets. And turmoil in the Middle East might lead US and European governments to boost defence spending, but the net effect of conflict would surely be negative.

But as many an industry insider has noted, even if half the orderbook evaporated, the aerospace industry would still be in fine shape.


What is your vision or forecasts for the future of the Aerospace Industry? What do you think?


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Good News for EU-Japan Aerospace Business!

1) Airbus CEO: JAL order to help spur ties with Japan aerospace firmsin.reuters.com


2) Mitsubishi Aircraft unveils Japan’s first small passenger jet


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