FAI Amateur-Built & Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA)

29 Sep 2017

The future is electric

In September 2017 the “Europe’s First Electric Fly-In» had its inauguration under the name of «smartflyerchallenge». The event took place at Grenchen Airport (LSZG) in Switzerland. The FAI Amateur-built and Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA) is one of the main actors of this trendsetting event.

We are happy to report that this Fly-In has created big attention. Aircraft builders/constructors from all over europe have joined in to show their projects. The approach to establish a platform for Electric Aircraft innovations at Grenchen Airport has been extremly successful. This led to the conclusion that this event will be repeated next year again at the weekend from 1st to 2nd September 2018.

Amongst others the following electric aircraft have been presented:

Evolaris Electric Aerobatic
Evolaris is the first Votec-Design under construction with the Swiss Votec Fuselage which will be equipped with two easily removable wings. Roll rate: 460°/sec.

aEro / H55 – Electric Aerobatic
This electric version based on the Silence Twister has performed many aerobatic missions since its maiden flights in 2017.

Long distance cruise – 4-seat – electric Aircraft

Smartflyer Hybrid
Smartflyer will be optimized for a comfortable and most economic cruise. The smartflyer is equipped with a range extender which is a modern, highly efficient engine to which a generator is coupled in order to produce electricity. The electric engine with the propeller is installed on the vertical fin.

Equator P2 versatility
Equator P2, this nearly decade-long project has reached a happy completion. The Equator P2, born in the mind of a talented industrial designer, seemed like a nice dream when we first saw it in renderings. As one would expect from an accomplished product designer, the aircraft looked wonderful, set in inspiring backgrounds.
Fantasy brings amphibian flying to a new level.

Siemens was present with many electric engines

Electric Assembly

Grenchn in Electric fever

Crew of smartflyerchallenge