The Chinese civil aviation regulator CAAC today released the draft of the new Part 23 certification document. Some highlights include:
1. it has a new section (H section on page 51) for electric airplane which is for the first time in CAAC Part 23 certification rulemaking.
2. rename Part 23 to “normal airplane” consolidating “normal”, “aerobatic”, “utility” and “commuter” category into “normal” in existing Part 23
3.define airplane certification requirement by seat number and performance, not by weight.
the draft download link at CAAC (in Chinese language only): http://www.caac.gov.cn/HDJL/YJZJ/202002/P020200225439412180257.doc
In general the CAAC new part 23 is similar to EASA new Part 23 in many aspects, which is expected. What’s especially interesting is that it’s encouraging to see CAAC is making real rulemaking efforts for electric airplane certification even though the H section in the draft appears to be lack of many important details. CAAC is inviting public opinion on this draft until 26 March 2020.
The Israeli company Eviation has brought its Alice electric aircraft from scratch to the world premiere of the prototype at Paris Airshow in July 2019 in less than 5 years. The company mainly financed by the Singapore-based Investor Richard Chandler, announced to fly the aircraft before the end of the year and starting Service in 2023. e-flight-Journal founder and editor Willi Tacke watched the rise of Eviation from the beginning. After the successfully release of the first Prototype of the aircraft at the Paris Airshow, Will interviewed the company founder and CEO Omer Bar –Yohay.
For full report of the project, please read the PDF issue of “eFlight Journal”. New eflight Journal is being posted as PDF for free (read & download ) here.
When André Borschberg, the former CEO and pilot of Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane, initiated and piloted the record- setting solar-powered airplane around the world for the first time in human history together with Bertrand Piccard, he flew the Solar Impulse solo because it was a purposely designed single-seat airplane. Now the co-founder and executive chairman of H55, this time André wants to share the fun of flying electric airplanes with a lot of more people than himself, as he has 16-years of experience designing and flying electric airplanes.
For full report of the project, please read the PDF issue of “eFlight Journal” . New eflight Journal is being posted as PDF for free (read & download ) here.
As electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and urban air mobility (UAM) operation are under the spotlight now, the electric propulsion application in fixed wing designs are making steady progress as well. Instead of targeting the short distance inter-city UAM market as eVTOL are designed for, fixed wing electric airplanes
take the advantages of higher efficiency and longer range
to aim for the intra-city commute market. A German startup called e.SAT unveiled its Silent Air Taxi design at Aachen-Merzbrück Airfield near Aachen in Germany on June 11, 2019.
For full report of the project, please read “eFlight-Journal”. New eflight Journal is being posted as PDF for free (read & download )