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2 nov. 2020

El avión Alice totalmente eléctrica

 

Sea una de las aeronaves comerciales más fáciles de volar. Honeywell es un nombre respetado en el diseño de sistemas de control de vuelo.


El diseño liviano ayuda a conservar energía durante el vuelo. El sistema está diseñado teniendo en cuenta la seguridad, con una configuración que se creó para prepararse para todas las fallas posibles.


INTERIOR

Vista interior del interior del avión Alice

La cabina del Alice fue diseñada para presentar una experiencia de lujo a los pasajeros. Tras el prototipo y la primera producción, la cabina estará presurizada. Está diseñado para transportar nueve pasajeros durante 650 millas de viaje aéreo y navegará a 240 nudos (275 mph).


La cabina ofrece mucho más espacio personal a los pasajeros que otras alternativas regionales. Incluso tiene una luz de lectura táctil y una plataforma de carga de teléfono inalámbrica instalada para cada asiento. Los asientos de cuero suave están diseñados para girar hacia las ventanas de gran tamaño para una mejor vista.


HACIENDO ZANCAS PARA AVIONES ELÉCTRICOS

Alice será el primer avión completamente eléctrico certificado por la FAA, despejando el camino para un mayor desarrollo en los viajes de aviones eléctricos. Alice de Eviation traerá una posible tercera era de la aviación. El bajo costo de operación combinado y la comodidad de los pasajeros harán que esta sea una compra atractiva para las aerolíneas.


Las pruebas de Alice de Eviation probablemente se llevarán a cabo en Moses Lake, Washington. Una vez certificado, el avión se fabricará en los EE. UU. Si bien todavía no sabemos específicamente dónde se llevará a cabo la fabricación, podemos asumir que será en Prescott, Arizona, donde Eviation tiene su sede actualmente.


Si bien Eviation planea que Alice entre en servicio en 2022, deben completar una serie de puntos de control antes de ese punto. Consulte sus hitos para ingresar al servicio:

Targeting the regional airline market, Eviation Aircraft’s all-electric Alice is expected to enter into service in 2022. Bar-Yohay conceived the idea for the Alice aircraft in 2016.

This aircraft will be the first all-electric multiengine airplane certified by the FAA and the first Part 23 fly-by-wire design. Cape Air has already put in a multi-million dollar order to add Alices to its fleet once certified and in service.


The all-electric Alice introduces a more efficient and comfortable flight for both pilots and passengers. Some key features are:

  • 3 Hartzell variable pitch propellers
  • 260-kW Siemens electric motors
  • Ability to reduce noise by managing propellers pitch and rpm
  • Thin wings which will reduce turbulence discomfort
  • Differential thrust from wingtip motors to combat crosswinds when landing
  • Landing gear with retractable tailwheel by Magnaghi Aeronautica
  • Bendix King AeroVue avionics suite

This aircraft has a max takeoff weight of 14,000 pounds, including the 8,200-pound battery. In the air, it will cruise at 240 knots when flying at 10,000 feet. At 32,000 feet it will cruise at an additional 25 knots.

ALL ELECTRIC

Being the first all-electric multi-engine airline, Alice is under plenty of scrutiny. It will need to pass all tests presented by the FAA before receiving certification and being deemed ready for use in service.

It takes only a half-hour to charge for every one hour of flight time. You’d only need to wait one hour and ten minutes for a full recharge. The Alice can be charged with a half-megawatt battery that pulls from the local electrical grid.

Low Cost of Operation

The operation cost is $200 per hour with expectations of a dropping cost with improved battery technology. This gives airlines the opportunity to serve smaller airports where normally cost-inefficiency would keep them out.

Quieter Takeoff and Landing

A combination of the differential thrust, thin wings, and management of propellers pitch and rpm gives passengers a more comfortable takeoff and landing. This aircraft is even able to take off with the tail motor alone in an emergency situation given the power within the motor itself.

HONEYWELL FLY-BY-WIRE AVIONICS

Alice flying during sunset mockup

The new lightweight fly-by-wire flight control system by Honeywell will help make the Alice one of the easiest commercial aircrafts to fly. Honeywell is a respected name in flight control system design.

The lightweight design helps conserve energy in-flight. The system is designed with safety in mind, with a setup that was built to prepare for all possible failures.

INTERIOR

Inside view of the Alice plane interior

The cabin of the Alice was designed to present a luxurious experience to passengers. Following the prototype and first production, the cabin will be pressurized. It is designed to carry nine passengers for 650 miles of air travel and will cruise at 240 knots (275 mph).

The cabin offers far more personal space to passengers than other regional alternatives. It even has a touch-enabled reading light and wireless phone charging deck installed for each seat. The soft leather seats themselves are designed to swivel toward the oversized windows for a better view.

MAKING STRIDES FOR ELECTRIC AIRCRAFTS

Alice will be the first completely electric aircraft certified by the FAA, clearing the way for more development in electric aircraft travel. Eviation’s Alice will bring in a potential third age of aviation. The combined low operation cost and passenger comfort will make this an attractive purchase for airlines.

Testing for Eviation’s Alice will most likely take place in Moses Lake, Washington. Once certified, the aircraft will be manufactured in the U.S. While we don’t yet know specifically know where manufacturing will take place, we can assume it will be in Prescott, Arizona where Eviation is currently based.

While Eviation is planning for Alice to enter service in 2022, they have to complete a series of checkpoints before that point. Check out their milestones to entering service:

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