May 7, 2015. When companies such as Airbus plan to build electric two- and four-seat aircraft and Siemens is making aircraft electric motors, electric flight is going to happen!
The CAFE Foundation’s Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) IX provided a comprehensive status report on the state-of-the-art in electric flight. There were presentations on electric powered aircraft still on the drawing board as well as several (mostly manned) that are already flying. CAFE Foundation’s Dr. Brien Seeley presented his vision of quiet, electric autonomous two-place vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft that can operate from neighborhood mini airparks, which could become robot air taxis. He proposed a contest like the Green Flight Challenge to encourage the development of V/STOL aircraft.