BTW, is anyone following Elixir Aircraft ( https://elixir-aircraft.com/en/ )? It seems they are building a new IFR-capable, certified aircraft out of France…
Certification: Aircraft will meet or exceed the requirements as established by the EASA CS-23
Luggage: 25kg (in the luggage dedicated area)
Fuel (Auto Gas or Av Gas or UL91 ): 110L in a unique fuel tank
Speed(912iS): 130kts @75%
OneShot composite airframe (no glue, no rivets, no screws)
Evolutive wing profile
Rotax 912iS (Injection Engine) 100HP engine
MT propeller (certified propeller)
Unique (no switch) anti-deflagration fuel tank
Garmin G3X Glass cockpit (including GPS, EMS, EFIS…)
Garmin VHF (8.33) and Transponder (Mode S)
Beringer wheels and brakes
Oleopneumatic landing gear
Global airplane parachute by BRS
Integrated tablet dock
Adjustable individual seats and rudder pedals
Traditional flight instrumentation: Airspeed, Altimeter, Compass
On a first glance it looks promising…..
BTW, is anyone following Elixir Aircraft
Looks very nice. 2500€ deposit placed with escrow, refundable at any moment, seems fair.
Materials looks a bit cheap, but I like the functionality (storage space for phone/tablet, large AOA indicator).
Might be a viable (low cost) IFR training platform. Anyone know the expected price of the plane?
Anyone know the expected price of the plane?
I sent them an eMail on this; it seems to be burried very deep on their website but marketing-wise they have a rental-offer which does not sound that bad.
Anyway, good to see an European manufacturer coming up with a modern design with full certification….
with full certification
I believe certification when I see it. Sorry to be cynical, but the track record of the industry as a whole getting aircraft certified is very poor.
The Elixir is a very nice looking aircraft IMHO. It uses modern materials and production techniques but is able to keep prices down by sub contracting to the many specialists in this area in things like composites (there is a large boat building presence in this area (luxury yachts). The team behind it are young and vibrant, some of them revitalised the local gliding club from approaching death to a team holding the French gliding championships for the last 2 years.
When the Elixir was first offered the price was €130,000 and they have received quite a few down payments from French aeroclubs etc. As far as I have heard, certification is well under way and production could well start early next year.
I asked about an IFR version and the answer was that it could be a possibility (no more than that for the moment).
They have said they will be bringing one over to LFFK soon for us all to get a better look.
They are claiming to be going for CS-23 i.e. full certification including IFR.
They claim one-piece carbon fibre construction. Is this a conductive structure? It will be high resistance so will still need a metallic component for IFR.
Pending approval. That’s what e.g the Panthera people wrote 5 years ago. My guess is they will run out of money long before. Everyone else did trying to certify a new SEP in the last 20 years …
Is this a conductive structure? It will be high resistance so will still need a metallic component for IFR.
As you say carbon fibre is conductive enough to prevent you putting antennae inside but not enough for lighting strike.
So if they are thorough they need to use coper mesh or foil as the external layer in the laminate.
One thing about this aircraft that is interesting is the “One Shot” carbon fibre construction. This has been done in boating for some time and reduces parts. Basically, it makes the whole wing and its outer skin the main structure, and does away with spars etc.
100% carbon = a rough ride in turbulence, however? And not particularly crashworthy.