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Embry-Riddle Students Make History With “Eco Eagle” Hybrid Propulsion Aircraft

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 16, 2011 @ 4:20 pm In Green Transportation | 2 Comments

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Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently demonstrated an aviation [1] first by cruising the sky in a hybrid [2]propulsion aircraft. A team of nearly 200 students [3] spent the last year and a half designing, manufacturing [4], testing, and flying the hybrid plane [5] dubbed ‘Eco Eagle’. The new aircraft challenges everything we know about efficient [6] flight technology.

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The plane combines the use of a super-efficient gas motor [7] and a battery powered electric propulsion system. On September 7th, test pilot Mikhael Ponso took off [8] and climbed upward with the 100-horsepower gas motor. Once the aircraft hit cruising [9] altitude, it seamlessly transitioned to the full-electric mode [10] with 40 horse power for the rest of the flight. The switch made Eco Eagle not only more efficient, but nearly silent [11] with just the sound of the propellor [12] in the wind.

Though today’s technology is still too heavy for an all-electric plane [13], the students have made incredible strides in green air [14]technology. Pat Anderson, professor of Aerospace Engineering says, ” Not only have these students designed and flown a completely new propulsion system [15], they are contributing to the greening of aviation. It will challenge the status quo for aircraft [16] performance.”

Though the plane is only a hybrid [17], it is currently the best combination of speed, climb rate [18], endurance, and efficiency out there.

The students plan to demonstrate the aircraft at NASA’s [19] Green Flight Challenge, September 25th- October 3rd and other aircraft performance [20] expos.

+ Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Green Aviation Team [21]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/embry-riddle-students-make-history-with-eco-eagle-hybrid-propulsion-aircraft/embry-riddle-green-plane3/

[2] hybrid : http://inhabitat.com/u-s-army-could-replace-the-humvee-with-the-diesel-hybrid-l-atv/

[3] students: http://inhabitat.com/va-tech-architecture-students-complete-prefabricated-covington-farmers-market/

[4] manufacturing: http://inhabitat.com/solar-manufacturer-solyndra-files-for-bankruptcy/

[5] hybrid plane: http://inhabitat.com/new-hybrid-army-aircraft-will-fly-surveillance-missions-over-afghanistan/

[6] efficient: http://inhabitat.com/sneak-peek-20-stunning-energy-efficient-homes-in-the-2011-solar-decathlon/

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/embry-riddle-students-make-history-with-eco-eagle-hybrid-propulsion-aircraft/sony-dsc-66/

[8] took off: http://inhabitat.com/first-trans-ocean-biofuel-powered-flight-to-take-off-tonight/

[9] cruising: http://inhabitat.com/pierrejeans-loulou-yacht-uses-experimental-green-technology-to-cruise-the-seven-seas/

[10] electric mode: http://inhabitat.com/scientist-create-worlds-tiniest-electric-motor-from-a-single-molecule/

[11] silent: http://inhabitat.com/moto-undone-minimalist-mirrored-electric-motorcycle-flies-through-the-streets/

[12] propellor: http://inhabitat.com/propellors-plyboo-pendant-lamp/

[13] electric plane: http://inhabitat.com/pipistrel-introduces-the-worlds-most-powerful-electric-airplane/

[14] green air : http://inhabitat.com/plan-b-arquitectos-casa-en-rio-cedro-is-an-open-air-delight-in-colombia/

[15] propulsion system: http://inhabitat.com/elegant-jellyfish-inspire-research-in-propulsion-and-energy-technology/

[16] aircraft: http://inhabitat.com/former-royal-navy-aircraft-carrier-will-be-turned-into-an-artificial-diving-reef/

[17] hybrid: http://inhabitat.com/harry-reid-announces-the-worlds-first-hybrid-solar-geothermal-power-plant/

[18] climb rate: http://inhabitat.com/interview-ray-anderson-on-climbing-the-mountain-of-corporate-sustainability/

[19] NASA’s: http://inhabitat.com/nasa-unveils-all-electric-personal-flight-vehicle/

[20] aircraft performance: http://inhabitat.com/egenius-sets-worlds-electric-aircraft-speed-record/

[21] + Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Green Aviation Team: http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/coe/about-coe/eagle-flight-research-center/projects/external-link-erau-green-aviation.html

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