Different countries are developing electric amphibians, able to take off and land on the water surface. It is believed that they are extremely useful in fire extinguishing, evacuation of the crew of ships and other rescue operations because they can get in almost anywhere. Recently, the company Equator Aircraft tested its amphibian P2 Xcursion over the technology Park Eggemoen in Norway, and they were very successful.
Earlier, the plane carried out flights only on a small height, but has now climbed much higher and stayed in the air for 10 minutes. Test pilot the the Amdahl’s Eskil was flying the plane, powered solely on electric power — were tested handling apparatus, and static and dynamic stability. The company has assured that the aircraft works as it should — to correct minor problems developers have diagnostic information.
The plane took off due to the electric ENGIRO M97 engine power 97 kW — in this case battery power is enough for the 35-minute flight. The developers claim that later versions will be able to stay in the air more than 105 minutes, and after the implementation of the generator Energio duration of flights can reach six hours.
In the cockpit fits 2 people and a large amount of Luggage. Form design of maximally streamlined, which significantly reduces resistance when swimming on the water surface. The plane weighs 750 kilograms and can carry a payload of 250 kilograms. The maximum speed of flight and swimming at the least fuel consumption is 241 kilometers per hour and a maximum range of about 1565 kilometres.
According to the CEO of Equator Aircraft Thomas Bruderschaft, they look forward to the day when will be able to experience the amphibian on water, as in such circumstances she still has not been tested.
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