Yuneec E430 to be World’s First Production Plug-In Aircraft

Small, personally owned aircraft are becoming more common throughout the world. Not only are they becoming increasing easy to fly, but they also are becoming less expensive to operate and maintain. A perfect example of this can be seen with the Yuneec E430 all electric airframe set to go on sale next year.

Upon its release, the E430 will be the first commercially available plug-in aircraft. From completely depleted, the lithium polymer battery stack can be charged in 3 hours on a standard 230 volt outlet. A full charge provides up to 2.5 hours in the air. The E430 is 52 foot wide at the wings and uses a 54 horsepower electric motor to stay in the air.

The Chinese built airframe made its first test flight back on the 12th of June at the hands of Shun Xun. According Xun, the flight was quiet and nearly vibration free. Being built for simplicity, the E430 is easy to pilot and requires a minimum amount of maintenance on the part of the owner.

MSRP for the E430 is set at $89,000 and will go on sale in the first part of 2010.

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