e-Go composite aircraft completes first flight

U.K.-based e-Go aeroplanes has flown for the first time its composites-intensive, canard-type, single-person aircraft.

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Aircraft manufacturer e-Go aeroplanes (Cambridge, U.K.) reports that the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk, U.K., in late October for its official first flight. 

The company reports that to build an aircraft with the required weight and mechanical performance, the use of Oxeon's (Boras, Sweden) TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics was essential. On certain parts, the weight saving was as much as 53 percent compared to competing materials.

The concept for the aircraft was just an idea in Giotto Castelli’s mind 10 years ago, and won a national aviation competition in 2007. Since then, e-Go aeroplanes was started with Castelli leading the design effort to bring the prototype to flying status.

Castelli described his vision for the aircraft: “I believe the canard design [small front wing] can offer great maneuverability and efficient aerodynamics. The e-Go adds to that an impressive field of view and a very compact airframe with simple lines which the air likes as much as the eye does. This also allows the weight to be kept to an absolute minimum. It is amazing to have had so many individuals and companies supporting this seemingly infectious project.”

Malcolm Bird, executive chairman of the company, comments: “The aircraft embodies many novel features and benefits from the aviation authority in the U.K., relaxing its regulation on very light aircraft. This has allowed e-Go aeroplanes to develop a completely new aircraft in a short time and with the minimum of red tape. It is good to be involved in the revival of a British aviation industry.”