Throughout last week, the electric twin-seater plane E-Genius was on our airfield for tests as well as world record attemps. This machine uses a sole power source - a lithium polymer 450V battery - thus, the available capacity is of 50 Ah or 80 kWh. This "theoretically" allows it to travel, in stable weather conditions, 500 km at an average speed of 150 km/h. The maximum weight of the aircraft is 900 kg, including 280 kg for the battery.
In two flights, on July 18th and 19th, Klaus achieved seven world records with the e-Genius (validations by the FAI are pending) :
- Speed on 100 km round trip : 178.1 km/h
- Speed on 500 km round trip : 93.03 km/h
- Distance of 504 km
- Absolute altitude 6,376 m
- Time to climb to 6,000 m : 1:53 min
- Altitude maintained for at least 90s : 6350m
- Speed over 15 km on a straight line: 229.7 km/h
During the flights, the maximum temperature allowed by the electric engine is 120°C which in turn permits the maximum engine power of about 35 kW (47 hp) continuously.
Through these world records, Klaus wishes to promote renewable energy development in aviation. He is convinced that in a few years electric proplusion will be the new standard in recreational aviation. This will occur quite soon where motor-gliders are concerned (cf the already commercialised Silent 2 Electro) and subsequently for aircrafts.
Do you realize that with the e-Genius, during these records, two people made a 100 km flight at 180 km/h while using only 25 kWh of electricity, for a total energy cost of 2.50 € (based on the cost of EDF (French electric company) 0.1 € per kWh)? Astounding, isn't it?
Let's dream for a while. Imagine in two years from now, the e-Genius having charged it's battery using electricity produced by a photovoltaic power plant under construction on the airfield next door at Aspres-sur-Buëch. Electricity directly from producer to consumer ;)
Finally, when you think about it, a flight in a pure glider draws thermonuclear energy from the sun. Indeed, it's the sun who is the source of all thermals as well as winds (dynamic and wave flights) used by glider pilots. Adding an electric propulsion means in a glider using photovoltaic electricity is an optimized utilization of this incredible and unfailing source of renewable energy that our sun is!!
Starting July 14th, EAGLES offers flights in a Duo Discus, two-seater glider adding on to the fleet ...
The glider is available for accompanying training "Cross-country" or advanced "Mountain training".The price per week (Sunday to Friday) is 1580 € in Mountain flying and 1800 € accompaniment cross-country flights.
For members of the Club EAGLES, rental rates are 180 € / day or 1300 € / week.
Reservations can be made with Marta or via the contact form. Enjoy your flights ;)
Sunday, June 8 at 20:00 by air from the Czech Republic, the UL tow-plane "Phoenix" touched its wheels on the airfield at Serres-La Batie. It is now at home ;)
Monday, Klaus did some tryouts on the UL while on the groundthanks to the manufacturer's explanations - disassembly / reassembly of the aircraft, engine maintenance .... Early Tuesday morning,Klaus and Fred made the first flights, discovering the aircraft. In the coming days the Phoenix will go to the National Gliding Centre (CNVV) in St Auban for a serie of towing tests with Daniel Serres of the CNVV. Only when these tests are accomplished and validated by the French Authorities, the Phoenix will be allowed to tow you. Of course, we will keep you posted as the situation evolves.
The only two-seater wood and canvas flying in Serres made its first flight of the season this Sunday. A five-hour flight among the beautiful clouds. What happiness for its pilot and owner, Pascal. A little video to capture the moment.
A TV team from TF1 is shooting here during all the week. The topic is about Klaus and his shool, his gliding concept and of course his flight abov Everest. The is to be soon displayed on french chanel 1, TF1, in a program called "sept à huit". We will inform you as soon as we know the date.
Klaus has been able to acheive his dream by conquering Mount Everest in a glider (without using the engine) through a combinatino of thermals, rotors and wave. Here is his story.
A more complete report, videos and photos will no doubt be available in the coming weeks. In a few days, Klaus will return to Serres flying the Stemme.
The wandering albatross spends weeks, even months, at sea without ever returning to land. With precise GPS data and custom navigation software, researchers have finally figured out how. Click here for the explanations.
We are pleased to present you the flight of Klaus Ohlmann and Anssi Soila to join Nepal. They fly the Stemme D-KKOP for a mesurments camp that will take place in Pokhara in november. Tha Mountain wave project is collaborating with other research organisations for this Huge work.
To know more about, see Nepal - Greenflight or Anssi Soila's blog http://missionhimalaya.com
Here is a map showing the glider flying rules in the Ecrins National Park. The corridors are allowed at more than 2800 m above sea level and 1000 m in width. NB: The corridors outside of the boundaries of the park (purple line) are not subjected to any regulations. They are only there for a better understanding of how to use the corridors.
To integrate these corridors in your browser, you will find here the code lines to input (thank's Martin for the file).
Big crowds are now on the airfield.
See the video here.
The person who gives the exact number of gliders and trailers visible on the video may be entitled to a basket of local products!
Klaus took off early this morning with his Stemme (before the bad weather caught him up) for an attempt on a continental record for 2000 km towards Austria. Good luck!
Quo Vadis / Eagles has rented for 4 months an Ultra-light Dynamic WT9 as a tug-plane. It used to second the trusty Rallye 180 CV "Marsupilami".
All about the UL Dynamic WT9 tug here.
This is an additional document both technical & illustrated by the French Gliding Federation's "SAFETY AIMS" concerning risks and threats linked to mountain flying.
For your safety and that of the other pilots think to update your Flarm with the last version 5.09 of March, 2013. To download it is here.
And do not forget to look outside!!!
It needed some time for FAI to recognise the last world records of Klaus Ohlmann with the solarplane SEIKO Icaré2, but finally...My special thanks to Heinz Seidel for Transport and his tireless help and Jürgen Eckert, who invented a new documentationsystem for solarplanes in no time.
Special thanks of course for all the students and engineers from IFB Stuttgart, who made wings from a dream.
A small video from the record flight is here: