Texas Aircraft, l’azienda brasiliana specializzata nella costruzione di velivoli sportivi e ultraleggeri, sta sviluppando un nuovo aeromobile elettrico ad ala alta costruito interamente in metallo in collaborazione con OXIS Energy and British Lithium-Sulphur, entrambi società specializzate nella costruzione di batterie e accumulatori di ultima generazione.
Il velivolo sarà progettato e sviluppato presso lo stabilimento Texas Aircraft Manufacturing di Campinas, mentre le celle della batteria Li-S saranno realizzate presso lo stabilimento OXIS di Juiz de Fora, entrambi in Brasile.
Le aziende coinvolte nel progetto hanno grandi speranze per le prestazioni del velivolo soprattutto per quanto riguarda la tecnologia degli attuali sistemi di propulsione elettrica.
OXIS prevede infatti che l’eColt avrà una durata superiore a due ore e un range approssimativo di 200 miglia nautiche.
L’uso dello zolfo, un materiale non conduttivo, dovrebbe fornire una maggiore sicurezza e dimostrarsi più efficiente dell’attuale tecnologia agli ioni di litio.
Tra gli altri vantaggi, la batteria da 90 kWh di eColt dovrebbe essere più leggera del 40% rispetto all’equivalente agli ioni di litio.
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The Beechcraft Baron G58 is the luxury twin engine built by Beechcraft Corporation, the US aviation company founded in 1932 in Wichita, Kansas.
Throughout history, Beechcraft has built numerous aircraft including King Air, Sierra, Musketeer and Bonanza. In 2014 it was acquired by Textron Aviation.
The Beechcraft Baron G58, the only model currently in production since 2005, is actually the result of a redesign started right from the Bonanza.
Indeed, the first version of the Baron, the 55, was introduced starting from 1961, born from the combination of the fuselage of the Bonanza, the empennages of the Debonair and the surfaces of the tail surfaces of the T-34 Mentor. This first version was equipped with two piston engines and six Continental IO-470-L cylinders, each 260 HP.
In 1967 it was the turn of the Baron 56 TC, the turbocharged version with 380 HP each Lycoming TIO-540-E1B4 engines, the upgrade made this model the fastest Beechcraft aircraft of the time.
In the summer of 1969 finally sees the light on Baron 58, equipped with two 300 HP Continental IO-550 injection engines. Also renewed in the fuselage, this time wider and therefore with more space on board for pilots, passengers and loads.
The Beechcraft Baron G58 is a low-wing twin-engine, equipped with two Continental IO-550-C piston engines of 300 HP each.
The wing configuration is trapezoidal and the dihedral angle is simple, with the tail empennas in a classic structure.
The propeller McCauley are three blades with variable pitch and constant speed, which vary the angle of incidence automatically based on the rotational speed set.
The interiors, enlarged and configurable according to needs, allow the opposite seating of 4 passengers. The two rear seats, as suggested by AOPA, however, are inadequate for most adults and this is why the best travel solution seems to be the removal of the latter in favor of the leg space of the two passengers and their respective luggage.
The new G58 is equipped with the latest generation integrated glass cockpit Garmin 1000 NXi which features an improved graphical interface, more powerful hardware and a high resolution display, including additional features to improve the situational awareness.
Among the new features of the G1000 we find:
Standard ADS-B Out and In
Wireless data and flight plan upload (optional)
Standard Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) and Under Speed Protection (USP)
Integrated VFR aeronautical charts
IFR High and Low Charts with Night Mode
Garmin Connext Satellite Iridium
COM frequency decoding
Vertical Situation Display
Selectable Visual Approaches
Garmin SurfaceWatch (optional) for safety on the runways (incursions, incorrect track, control of the track parameters)
Data sheet in standard configuration
Continental Motors IO-550-C
Propellers (3 blades)
Maximum Takeoff Weight
Maximum Landing Weight
Maximum Ramp Weight
Take-Off Distance (50 ft)
Landing Distance (50 ft)
Maximum Climb Rate
Maximum Cruise Speed
Maximum Limit Speed
The military "Baron": T-42 Cochise
The Beechcraft Baron also exists in models intended for the training of military pilots of the United States Army Forces, called T-42 T-42AT Cochise.
Two Baron G58s taking off from Montgomery County airport