Twin-Engine MC15E Cri-Cri
World Speed Record with electric aircraft : 283 km/h
pilot : Hugues Duval - MC15E Cri-Cri E-Cristaline
during electric aircraft speed record (262 km/h)
Then, on the 25th of June 2011, during official flight presentation in 2011 Paris Air Show (Salon du Bourget), Hugues Duval established a new world record : 283 km/h ! (175,46 mph)
See article on EAA's website : Electric Cri-Cri Breaks Own World Electric Speed Record
Only electric engines allow to fly so fast. The same plane with thermical engines with exactly the same power fly at 220 km/h. The Cri-Cri with ELECTRAVIA electric propulsion system fly at 283 km/h, 63 km/h faster, 30% faster !
This flight has shown to key actors of aeronautics world present at Paris Air Show 2011 that electric engines are a real alternative way of propulsion.
Twin-engine MC15E Cri-Cri "E-Cristaline"is equipped with electric propulsion systems ELECTRAVIA :
- two electric engines E-MOTOR GMPE 104 (engines and controllers), maximum unit power de 35 HP (total power of the aircraft 70 HP)
- a Lithium-Polymer batterie of 3 kWh (KOKAM cells, BMS & PCM Electravia)
ELECTRAVIA team has made great efforts to optimized the engines fairings. The form drag was reducted of 46% with regards to Cri-Cri two-stroke engines version.
optimized engines fairings - reduction of 46% of the form drag
This optimization allows to establish world speed records (262, then 283 km/h) with only 25 HP, at 75% of the maximum power. The maximum speed is limited by the VNE of the airframe.
With a special batteries pack, it would be possible to use the engines GMPE 104 at maximum power (70 HP) => it could be possible to reach the speed of 360 km/h !
At speed 110 km/h, the endurance of the Cri-Cri is 25 mn of flight.
MC15 "Cri-Cri" n° 27 F-PZTU
old version with two engines JPX
with 30 HP => max speed 220 km/h
new version with two electric engines ELECTRAVIA
with 25 HP => max speed 283 km/h !
BRETON SHUTTLE - SEPT 2012
At the end of the 90s, Yves Duval, Hughes' father, presented in airshows the "Breton Shuttle": a Broussard with a small Cri-Cri on his cockpit for the take-off, then once during flight, Cri-Cri takes off from the Broussard and evolved by its side. At that time, both aircraft were sponsored by the company Brittany Ferries. The installation of Cri-Cri on the Broussard required some means of lifting:
Bretion Shuttle in Sept 2012
(Cergy-Pontoise airshow 02/09/2012) - click on the pictures to open them
Electric engines used by the Cri-Cri, more reliable than its old 2-stroke engines, secures strongly this kind of presentation.
video :"Navette Spéciale" teaser
Info Pilote avril 2013
ELECTRIC CRI-CRI E-CRISTALINE AT PARIS AIR SHOW 2011
It is the first time that a 100% electric aircraft is flying during the Paris Air Show. In the same time, presence at the Air Show of the SOLAR IMPULSE eclipses all other electric aircraft. But airshow visitors have seen the Cri-Cri flying all days.
Pilot Hugues Duval in his twin-electric-engine "Cri-Cri", the smallest plane in the world,
is overshadowed by the Boeing 747-8FA during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, France
(Pascal Rossignol for Reuters)
CRI-CRI E-CRISTALINE AT AERO 2011 AIRSHOW
Cri-Cri was present at the Airshow AERO Friedrichshafen 2011, and participate to the LEAP Prize, a biannual suite of prizes designed to accelerate development of practical electric flight, and stimulate meaningful advances in the emerging electric aircraft industry.
Finalists of the Lindbergh Prize were :
• The Pipistrel Taurus Electro
• The Sunseeker II solar airplane by Eric Raymond
• The Hugues Duval Electric Cri-Cri with power by Electravia
Pipistrel was the winner, but the Cri-Cri team was very proud to have been choosen as finalist !
from left to right : 5 LEAP members - Cri-Cri E-Cristaline – Erik Lindbergh –
Hugues Duval & Nicolas Leborgne (Yankee Delta) – Anne & Christian (Electravia)
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Some articles in english :
- Article of Jason Paur sur www.wired.com (01.12.2010)
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