Sikorsky Innovations, has launched the Project Firefly, an all-electric airplane technology demonstrator, at the Fresh Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture display.
The Project Firefly is based on a strong?S-300C?light helicopter, having a 190-horsepower electric motor replacing the conventional piston-engine and lithium ion battery pack added to either side from the cabin.
The lithium-ion batteries are designed by the German Gaia. The whole battery capacity can be 48.1 kWh, good enough for a flight of approximately 15 minutes. The first airline flight is expected later this holiday season.
Sikorsky’s head involving research and executive Mark Wilner says mounting fuel costs are commencing to threaten the role choppers play in many career fields, making research in to alternate fuels essential.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]