THE FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC AEROBATIC TRAINER AIRCRAFT IN THE WORLD
First electric airplane completely designed and built in Hungary
Successful maiden flight on 11 April 2016.
eFusion was awarded the eFlight Award 2016 at the AERO 2016 show.
The first all-electric aerobatic trainer aircraft, sister of the Fusion 212, eFusion has made its maiden flight at the Matkópuszta airfield in Kecskemét, Hungary on 11 April 11 2016.
“The maiden flight of the eFusion is another important milestone in electric aviation,“ said Frank Anton, head of eAircraft at Siemens. “The aircraft will serve as a flying test bed for our further battery system optimization.”
The project features a significant contribution from the Hungarian subsidiary of Siemens, with the team in Budapest having helped to develop a fully electric drive system for the aircraft in close cooperation with the German colleagues at Siemens’ headquarters. The eFusion has incredible potential as a private and recreational aircraft, as well as one for pilot training.
“Magnus gave the eFusion aerobatic capability, so it can serve for upset recovery training for airliner pilots”, says Imre Katona, CEO of Magnus Aircraft. “Demand for this training exists worldwide and is usually served by high-power two-seater aircraft at high operation cost.”
The eFusion will allow performing upset recovery training to be conducted at low operating costs and in an environmentally friendly manner. The two-seat side-by-side low-wing monoplane with non-retractable tricycle landing gear has an empty weight of 410 kg, including the batteries and the ballistic recovery system.
The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 600 kg. Siemens designed a safe and robust battery system for aviation use and optimized the electric propulsion system for application in the cost-sensitive segments of VLA, LA, and ULA categories.
Magnus has a mutually exclusive agreement with Siemens to continue the development of the eFusion, bringing better and more efficient all-electric flight.