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#501 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 11:56 AM

and it looks like a beaver can carry ~ 500 to 1200 lbs of liquid fuel.



#502 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 05:49 PM

you can sign up to follow their e-plane news here:

 

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#503 aastra

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 01:56 PM

So we're saying harbour noise and fuel smell issues could disappear altogether? We need to invent some new controversies ASAP.

 

I have a suggestion. Part of the romance of aviation comes from the engine sounds. Thus, the CoV could spend a few million bucks installing PA systems to play simulated takeoff effects in sync with the actual planes. (After doing a series of expensive studies, I mean.)



#504 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 01:58 PM

i think the electric engine might still make some great noise.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 27 March 2019 - 01:59 PM.


#505 amor de cosmos

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 04:59 PM

more technical info from the ieee

https://spectrum.iee...o-take-off-soon

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 05:02 PM

more technical info from the ieee

https://spectrum.iee...o-take-off-soon

 

good find there is some good info in there.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 07:59 PM

well the tesla battery I guess has to last longer than 30 minutes.

it’s the whole weight to power ratio that is not favourable for aircraft.

anyway today’s tc article says they will start with the beaver. not the otters we see mostly in the harbour. it’ll have a 750hp engine. that compares to the ~1000hp engines on the otters that cost about $1 million each.

 

PT6 turbine in the Vazar Otter is 750hp, R985 radial in the Beaver is closer to 450hp.

 

The National Research Council just bought an old Cessna 337 for electric engine research. Their plan is to replace the rear-mounted opposed six cylinder piston engine with some sort of electric motor to drive the rear prop. The originally certified front-mounted piston engine will remain in situ. 

Anyone think that Harbour Air will get an electric airplane into the air before the NRC?



#508 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 03:46 AM

i think boeing at jetblue are likely to win that race.

https://www.cnbc.com...rtup-zunum.html

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 05:37 PM

not to be overly cynical.  but does anyone else think this announcement buys ha a decade or more of holding off any complaints from songhees residents and a council all nuts about the climate crisis?

 

three days later there is a strange tc article today about how environmentally friendly the huge new clipper ferry is.

 

He went on to say MagniX is providing the test system for free and the actual cost of the systems will be worked in on a future business plan, but he foresees no insurmountable technical hurdles to a successful outcome of the program.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....oss-the-strait/

 

quite frankly it might just be an easy win for ha by lending out a spare aging beaver for some free work.


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 02:41 PM

So we're saying harbour noise and fuel smell issues could disappear altogether? We need to invent some new controversies ASAP.

 

I have a suggestion. Part of the romance of aviation comes from the engine sounds. Thus, the CoV could spend a few million bucks installing PA systems to play simulated takeoff effects in sync with the actual planes. (After doing a series of expensive studies, I mean.)

 

Wasn't that one of the issues with electric cars? Pedestrians couldn't hear them coming. Don't want the float planes sneaking up on kayakers now, do we?

 

And then there are the new F1 engines that are too quiet, so modifications were made to the exhaust system to make them louder.



#511 spanky123

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 02:50 PM

PT6 turbine in the Vazar Otter is 750hp, R985 radial in the Beaver is closer to 450hp.

 

The National Research Council just bought an old Cessna 337 for electric engine research. Their plan is to replace the rear-mounted opposed six cylinder piston engine with some sort of electric motor to drive the rear prop. The originally certified front-mounted piston engine will remain in situ. 

Anyone think that Harbour Air will get an electric airplane into the air before the NRC?

 

Getting a plane in the air with no passengers or cargo for a 15 minute test flight is something that I think the NRC can do.



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Posted 01 April 2019 - 02:51 PM

i think boeing at jetblue are likely to win that race.

https://www.cnbc.com...rtup-zunum.html

 

That is a hybrid plane.



 



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