e-Go aeroplanes announces first production aircraft

The e-Go is a lightweight, composites-intensive, single-seat light sport aircraft designed for low cost of ownership and operating costs.

e-Go aeroplanes, Conington, Cambridge, UK, has announced the handover of its first production aircraft, celebrated by a launch event at the company's headquarters. Guests were treated to a display of the aircraft’s reportedly impressive maneuverability by test pilot, Keith Denison.

The e-Go is a lightweight, single-seat light sport aircraft designed for low cost of ownership and operating costs. Reminiscent of early Burt Rutan designs, it features a front canard, made by CP Composites, Huntingdon, UK, and a push propeller powered by a state-of-the-art, high-efficiency Wankel rotary engine. Composite wings and canard are easily removed, eliminating need for hangar storage fees.

“I come from a background of flying a variety of aircraft, including a Vulcan many years ago,” said new owner William Burnett, “but there is really nothing that compares with this aircraft.”

The e-Go is made mainly from carbon fiber prepreg and foam core, using low-cost manufacturing techniques refined to suit the application. This helps to achieve a robust and strong structure while keeping aircraft weight — including fuel and pilot — below 300 kg. The e-Go maximum weight is, in fact, 270kg.

Each of the aircraft’s composite parts is made following a standard process. 3D CAD models are used by a 5-axis CNC machine to produce patterns from high-quality tooling block supplied by sponsor Trelleborg (Trelleborg, Sweden). A mold is made from that pattern using either tooling carbon or chopped strand mat, depending on the application and part type.

The e-Go’s hand-layed composite prepreg parts range from fairly simple shapes, such as aileron skins, to complex forms like the cockpit and seat. Parts are cured in an oven or autoclave, and then used in bonded and bolted assemblies.

e-Go aeroplanes will now move into serial production.