At 8 years old I visited my very first airshow with my father. I remember it well, I was fascinated with the aircraft and intrigued watching them fly above me. From that airshow and to this day, a great passion for aviation has been running through my veins.
Since the dawn of powered flight the UK was a great contributor to the aviation industry. That was until the late 1970’s.
The large airframe manufacturers (both civil and military) created and fostered a climate of sticking with the status quo, creating a risk averse culture that has stifled creativity and formed an industry were no one dares to be different.
The fact that we are no longer pioneers has become a bone of contention to me, especially when I see talented engineers, passionate aviators and cutting edge engineering companies held back by the huge regulatory burden.
However, while flicking through the pages of LAA Magazine recently, something rather spectacular caught my attention. The more I read the more I was intrigued.
Let me introduce you to the e-Go.
The e-Go is a sleek, elegant and efficient single-seat aircraft which is causing quite a stir for aviation enthusiasts and it’s not hard to see why.
With affordability and energy efficiency in mind, the e-Go Aeroplane features a full glass cockpit, state-of-the-art Wankel rotary engine with very low vibration, detachable wings for storage and it is also exempt from any annual permit fees. The aircraft runs on unleaded petrol from the garage forecourt. The e-Go has all the features of a highly equipped light aircraft and the running cost of less than a small family hatchback.
The e-Go and the team behind it have restored my faith in pushing aeronautical engineering to it’s limits and once again we are pioneering, a fact recognised by the Royal Aeronautical society in a recent awards ceremony.
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Weight empty : 138kg
Maximum all up mass: 270kg
Pilot Mass: 60-110kg
Luggage Capacity: 15kg
Range: 330 miles cruising at 90 knots (with reserve)
Max Speed: 120 kn @ 6000 ft
Cruse Speed: 90 knots
Fuel consumption: 65 mpg@ 90knots
Co-founder, Director and Chief Designer Giotto Castelli said:
“The unique feature is the design of it I think, and the way it all goes together. The way in which every single part serves more than one purpose. Within its class it will be at least one and a half times faster than any other aircraft on the same power. It feels like a real airplane.”
Giotto Castelli also worked on the Pilatus PC-21, Airbus A340, A380 and the Raytheon Horizon.
Malcolm Bird Chairman of e-go said:
“The concept was really to build an airplane that is very much fun to fly, but its also pretty inexpensive. We also wanted to build nice a brand within this aviation community that people want to be part of and want to belong to.”
The e-Go Aeroplane is the first new aircraft to be fully designed and built in the UK for over 40 years and sits at a price tag of £50,000. e-Go Aeroplanes was presented with a prestigious award by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) at their annual awards ceremony last year.
e-Go Aeroplanes is led by executive chairman and keen pilot Malcolm Bird, who currently leads the avionics work and works with the engine test rig.
The company is based near Cambridge at an airstrip on a converted farm.
For more information about the e-Go Aeroplane and for videos and images visit:http://www.e-go.me/