Siemens Motors Creates New Aircraft Climb World Record
International Flight Movement Management International Aviation Association confirms the world record
On November 25, 2016, the Extra330LE aerobatic aircraft with Siemens drive system created a new world record for climb time. The electric plane reached a height of 3,000 meters in just 4 minutes and 22 seconds at SchwarzeHeide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, with a climb rate of 11.5 meters per second. The record created by pilot WalterExtra is one minute and ten seconds faster than the world record created by American pilot William M.Yates in 2013. The International Air Movement Association International Aviation Association officially confirmed the flight record in the "less than 1000 kg electric aircraft" level.
The new drive system from Siemens just completed its first flight in June 2016. At that time, this lightweight motor had already broken the world record of power-to-weight ratio. Weighing only 50 kilograms, the motor delivers approximately 260 kilowatts of continuous output power, which is about five times the power available in its class of drive systems.
“This is another milestone on the road to electrification of air travel.” FrankAnton, head of the Siemens start-up business unit next47 electric aircraft (eAircraft), said, “The application of digital technology helps us achieve this by optimizing the drive system to achieve this. Outstanding performance." The Extra330LE weighs nearly 1,000 kilograms and is the flight tester of the new propulsion system. As a special-purpose aircraft, the Extra330LE is particularly suitable for extreme testing of related components, providing a basis for improving its design. Siemens and Airbus signed a contract in April 2016 to work together to apply the technology to the electric aircraft sector. The electric drive can be flexibly expanded, and Siemens and Airbus plan to jointly develop a regional passenger aircraft using a hybrid propulsion system based on this record-breaking motor. Anton said: "By 2030, we are expected to see an electric plane with as many as 100 passengers and a range of about 1,000 kilometers flying into the sky." Siemens hopes to use the hybrid aircraft propulsion system as one of its future businesses.