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AUG-SEP 2018

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14 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING INNOVATIONS Electrification and E-Flight — Part 5 Electrification Innovation at FIA By Marino Boric The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is a global aviation and aerospace exhibition similar to the Paris Airshow. It has strong military and commercial aviation content, but this year it was also an impressive showcase of electric flight innovations from almost all fields. Because the large number and importance of new electrification and E-Flight ideas and projects we thought it only appropriate to talk about a few in our Electrification series. Airbus Zephyr For the first time ever Airbus allowed the media to visit the new Zephyr factory located on the Farnborough airfield in walking distance from the show. The Kelleher Building, which Airbus Defense and Space recently moved into, is a production site of the giant and brittle looking Zephyr S, HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) — actually an unmanned, solar-powered, 150-pound (70kg) light UAV that flies at 70,000 feet for weeks and eventually months at a time. Zephyr is officially described as having the wingspan of an A320 while weighing only as much as an airline seat. The Zephyr S is built from ultra-lightweight composites and features advanced ultra-efficient solar panels. The aircraft structure is built from carbon fiber composites and reinforced where needed by sandwich components and is covered by a transparent fabric. On each wing one unknown electric motor is located. THE KELLEHER Building is the production site of the Zephyr S, HAPS unmanned, solar-powered aircraft. MARINO BORIC

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