|The Sonex electric motor and mount employed in a proof-of-concept Waiex airframe to demonstrate the potential of compact electric power and advanced-technology batteries. Photo by Dave Higdon.|
The electric propulsion system is part of what Sonex calls its E-Flight research and development initiative, designed to develop alternative energy applications for near-term use in sport pilot aircraft.
The E-flight project has three main components, with the electric motor being the most revolutionary initiative. However, Sonex is also investigating converting the AeroVee 2.0 power plant for use of ethanol-based fuels to increase its performance and efficiency.
As the third part of the project, Sonex is developing enhancements to the existing AeroVee 2.0 engine to further increase fuel efficiency and performance.
E-flight is a push to explore viable alternative energies for powering sport aircraft and improve the efficiency and performance of current products and technologies to keep aviation affordable and recreational aviation available to future generations of pilots. We’re building for the future when being environmentally conscious and energy efficient will become even more important.—John Monnett, Sonex President