Someone in the initial thinking/designing phase of a KR project might consider using electric power instead of our tried and true engines. Pipestrel just got their trainer approved by EASA and the FAA can't be far behind. Once the gate is open there will be a flood of electric planes getting certified and hitting the market. None of us with engines would give up our known power sources but for someone thinking of building . . . I haven't looked into it be just from general impressions an electric motor, maybe one taken from a wrecked Tesla, hooked up to a self-sought controller and batteries and other components . . . Pat Panzera probably already knows someone in the LSA or Experimental field putting together turn-key electric propulsion solutions for homebuilders. Electric planes are good only for training or flying around the ranch but Pipestril is saying they'll have a four-seater with three hours of range certified a year from now. Their EASA certification arrived a year earlier that they had been projecting so this technology is moving fast. In ten years I would expect fast chargers sitting next to the fuel bibs at just about any airport except the smallest.
Just an observation prompted by the Pipestril certification. Electric power is the future, and not that far away. The KR is a slick fuselage with a wing that carries a lot of weight without much trouble - relatively perfect. If someone were to buy NVAero and start thinking electric our KR designs will be part of the evolution. Mike KSEE _______________________________________________ Search the KRnet Archives at https://email@example.com/. Please see LIST RULES and KRnet info at http://www.krnet.org/info.html. see http://list.krnet.org/mailman/listinfo/krnet_list.krnet.org to change options. To UNsubscribe from KRnet, send a message to krnet-le...@list.krnet.org