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Two days before AERO 2020 gets underway, electric aircraft will be taking off for the first time for a spectacular rally—the natural successor to the successful UL rallies of the mid-1980s that helped ultralight aircraft to achieve their breakthrough at the time. As was the case with the first ultralight aircraft, the objective for the first electric aircraft today is to prove that they already work perfectly.
So that AERO
visitors on the ground can also share in the breathtaking impressions of the
1st Lindbergh e-flight Rallye, pictures will be shown every day at AERO on a
big screen. In addition, as a special highlight, the participating electric
aircraft will be on display at AERO 2020 in a dedicated area in Hall A7, so
that visitors can get a close-up look at them.
The flight route of the 1st Lindbergh e-flight Rallye will take participants from the starting point in Friedrichshafen along Lake Constance, past castles, palaces and churches until their first stopover at Regio Airport Mengen. At Mengen, aircraft batteries can be recharged or replaced, if required. After topping up, the aircraft will head for the second stopover point at the Bad Waldsee-Reute glider airfield, where the first day of competition will come to an end.
On Day Two of the competition, participants will fly a shorter route with no stopover. Their end destination is Friedrichshafen Airport. Arrival is timed in such a way that the first aircraft will reach the airport at around 11 a.m. in Friedrichshafen.
Certain turning points on the route must be documented photographically by participants, and reviewed after landing by the judges. After landing, the aircrafts’ actual energy consumption will be directly measured by recharging or refueling, and added to the final evaluation.
Winners in the three classes of 1) three-axis, 2) trikes and 3) power gliders and hybrid aircraft will be honored directly at AERO 2020.
Aviation records once garnered worldwide headlines. We still remember the first human flight, the first engine-powered flight and the first moon landing. Anyone interested in aviation will also be familiar with Charles Lindbergh who, in 1927, became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Now aviation has a genuine challenge again: electric flight. When the electric car runs out of “juice”, it’s annoying. If that happens with an electric aircraft, it’s dangerous. Nonetheless, electric flight might be ready for its breakthrough. Virtually every aircraft manufacturer is exploring this subject. Some manufacturers intend to launch market-ready electrically-powered aircraft in the near future.
Corresponding prototypes have been on
show for some years at the e-flight expo at AERO in Friedrichshafen and will be
again from April 1–4, 2020 . Now these aircraft can show at the
1st Lindbergh e-flight Rallye on March 30–31, 2010, what they can do. As AERO
director Roland Bosch explains: “In this case, the Lindbergh name not only
symbolically stands for the rally’s pioneering spirit but also for the
collaboration between AERO Friedrichshafen and the Lindbergh Foundation whose
mission is to ready sustainable battery-powered aircraft for serial