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Electric-powered aerobatic Extra headlines at AERO Friedrichshafen

PUBLISHED: 11:17 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:23 21 April 2016

The electric Extra, powered by a 230/260kW Siemens electric motor

The electric Extra, powered by a 230/260kW Siemens electric motor

Bildrechte: Messe Friedrichshafen

Electric propulsion is taken to new heights with the unveiling at Europe’s biggest GA exhibition of an Extra two-seat aerobatic trainer/sports plane powered by a 350hp Siemens motor

Also powered by a Siemens electric motor, the Magnus eFusionAlso powered by a Siemens electric motor, the Magnus eFusion

Rated at 230kW continuous/260kW takeoff, the Siemens motor gives the aerobatic machine an impressive claimed power to weight ratio. Elsewhere among the new motors, engines and types on display were the Bücker & Funk BF139 Clubman, a new ‘retro style’ two-seat ultralight powered by a radial engine and, in the flesh (last year we saw only a mock-up), the HondaJet.

Bücker & Funk MD Peter Funk and AERO Project Manager Roland Bosch pose with the BF139 ClubmanBücker & Funk MD Peter Funk and AERO Project Manager Roland Bosch pose with the BF139 Clubman

Sporting unusual over-wing engines, Honda’s long-awaited bizjet has a spacious and quiet cabin that is said to ‘guarantee first-class comfor’t. It boasts the fastest cruising speed in its class while consuming significantly less fuel than other light jets. (Look out for a flight test soon in Pilot magazine.)

Model Sandra Janjanin in front of the HondaJetModel Sandra Janjanin in front of the HondaJet

The Thuringian edm aerotec with model Sandra JanjaninThe Thuringian edm aerotec with model Sandra Janjanin

Rotary-wing enthusiasts were also treated to much novelty, the aircraft on show including the Thuringian edm aerotec. A two-seater, it fits into the new ultralight helicopter class that is expected to be introduced in Germany.

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