Why not use a 50 pound battery?


#1

How many pounds are being lifted in this tandem?

See 6:30 for launch.

A 4 motor trike with a 50 pound battery would weigh much less.

My thinking is that a trike and a huge battery makes sense for EPPG.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXJi1IuxllI&t=61s


#2

If only my batteries had feet and could run as fast as Tucker’s girlfriend. :joy: Actually, there are a few people on this forum planning on using a trike with more batteries. Personally, I like to fly with less weight.


#3

I will be 80 in a few months. When reach my age, you might want to fly on wheels. Have you flown a single electric motor with a large prop? More efficient prop and simpler design. However, your 4 motor design is pure genius!

Methinks that the efficiency of a large prop and a lightweight trike will easily carry 50 pounds of batteries (~ 40 Ah @ 48 V). To fly longer, climb and glide. One guy went to 17,200 ft and glided for 45 minutes. This technique for longer flight times makes electric PPG more intriguing; especially for the guys who like 1 hr + flights.


#4

That’s awesome that you are almost 80 and want to fly with a trike. I wish you the best of luck with that! Hopefully by the time I’m your age batteries won’t hardly weigh anything… or even better run on wireless electricity or something.


#5

Richard Weston turned 83 last week and he still foot launches.

His flying buddy Martin is in his 60’s and with a bad back and a pair of bad knees, uses a trike.

My goal is to fly with caution into my 80’s and that is why I prefer a trike.

Any advice towards reaching my goal would be greatly appreciated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUsKx85kRl4&t=13s