This is the new E-FAN electric airplane by EADS, which was shown off at this month’s Paris Air Show. It is light, agile, fast, has a good L/D ratio, and is just the sort of thing you’d expect Dyson to build if Dyson decided to build an airplane.
As a machine, the E-FAN makes use of advanced, lightweight composites and some pretty heavy-looking industrial design software. The electric airplane’s styling is somewhat reminiscent of a dragonfly or paper stunt plane …
… which may or may not be a good thing, visually (beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all). What is a good thing is that EADS is positioning their latest electric airplane as a trainer in a bid to build lasting, positive relationships with would-be pilots who will then, it’s presumed, turn to EADS for their own private flying needs. It’s a good plan, and probably a similar model to what Piper and Cessna have going. Maybe. Honestly, I don’t know much about airplanes beyond the Panther 2 Plus we had when I was growing up, so- just watch the video, I guess?