31/03/14 Article published in Aerobuzz.fr
The solar energy inspires the pioneers of the aviation of the 21st century
By Philippe Chetail
In prelude to his flight New York-Paris without stopover planned in June 2015 with the solar-powered Etlantic microlight (Aeroskylux), Jean-Luc Soullier is going to bind Saint-Auban-sur-Durance (France) with Oshkosh in July 2014.
27/03/2014 Article published in the newspaper Le Jeudi Luxembourg
Michel Petit – firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Firefly to e-Care
On controls of his electric ULM(MICROLIGHT), he dreams about Lindbergh
When Jean-Luc Soullier embarks on his electric ULM(MICROLIGHT), Firefly, the aeroplane weight less than 200 kg. Which means, in 2015, to follow the celestial way of the "Spirit of Saint Louis". There is genius and challenge in the air.
" It is told that he is the world specialist of the electric plane ". Word of an accomplice, collaborator. From Roman Marcinowski, director of the company AeroSkyLux, established in Perlé. Marcinowski, stemming from the bank environment and ULM(MICROLIGHT) pilot, tells in such a way about Jean-Luc Soullier, a real phenomenon.(next http://www.aeroskylux.fr/4.html )
22/03/2014 Article published in Avenir.net
Tomorrow, the Fair of the sustainable utopias is opened during this weekend and proposes numerous stands and animations, conferences.
Tomorrow keeps its promises, except one. And it is a little bit a disappointment. The famous plane with electric propulsion Etlantic 1 which will make the round trip crossing of the Atlantic Ocean is unfortunately not present and thus stayed for the moment in the United States. Only a model is visible.
17/03/2014.On the tracks of Linbergh
The Atlantic Ocean crossing
With an electric ULM(MICROLIGHT)
The Lindbergh's crossing in June, 2015
The exploit of the Atlantic Ocean
The crossing of the Atlantic Ocean is in the history of the aeronautic and in the collective imagination an essential stage.
Not only because it is about an extraordinary technical and human exploit, in the same way as the first flight of the Wright brothers, the crossing of the Channel, the epic of the Airmail or later the space conquest, but also because this crossing opens the way to a new era of the aviation, our, that one of the transoceanic flightswhich became our completely ordinary everyday life.
To cross the Atlantic Ocean with an electric ULM(MICROLIGHT) from west to east, on the one of Lindbergh in June 2015, is an extraordinary technical and human exploit.
But this exploit is mainly the demonstration that the leisure electric aviation can become very quickly the aviation of tomorrow, clean, elegant, performent, not very noisy, for the pleasure of everyone, beginning with the one of the pilots. This exploit is thus the opportunity of a tremendous awareness.
It is necessary to add that it can be made by a french with the intelligence of the innovation of which our country abounds, by joining a tradition where the pilot is an engineer as well, within the framework of a small flexible and artful structure with modest means but with the passion and the rigor as require by the aeronautics.
It is for all these good reasons that the approach of Jean-Luc Soullier with the Etlantic of Aeroskylux deserves to be supported.
The Lindbergh's crossing in June, 2015
Crossing New York > Paris on the occasion of the Bourget airshow + - 6 000 km.
Energy: Etlantic Technic
Type: single-seater ULM(MICROLIGHT)
Structure design: Grégory Cole
Material: carbon aluminum titanium
Wing span: 15m
Empty weight: 105 kg (without batteries)
Max speed: 180km / hour IAS
Time autonomy: 35 hours (at best)
Franchissable distance without wind: 6000 km techno battery
Lithium Polymer (2014 )
Lithium Thionyl Chloride ( 2015 )
Solar panels: 10 m2 35 %
Motorization power: Rotex 15 KW
Variable pitch propeller: Arplast
Instruments: Mgl delta omega
Flight parameters recorder
Jean-Luc Soullier Holds at present the world electrical flight speed record all categoties included.
189.87 kph/117.98 mph speed record established on September 29th, 2012 and ratified by the FAI ( International Aeronautical Federation).
He is also the initiator of the project and will be the test pilot who will realize the next World Records aboard the Etlantic One.
07/03/2014 Article published in Dauphiné Libéré Gap
Record attempt: New York / Paris with electricity
Jean Luc Soullier and Roman Marcinowski under the sun of the high alps for flight tests and preparation of world records
The"Etlantic", its10m ² of solar panels, on its 15 m wing span...
31/01/2014. Article in Avenir.net.
At first in March, the plane of the records
A phase of equipment test on an helicopter
30/01/2014. Article and video appeared on TV Lux.
Libramont: an helicopter flies in the LEC.
Unusual: an helicopter flew inside the LEC, "Libramont Exhibition and Congress". What is it all about? Well, engineers test at present technologies which will soon allow a plane, with electrical energy, to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
15/01/2014. Electric flight: Danger, high-voltage!
Our pilot, Mr Jean-Luc Soullier, in charge of the R&D, is the author of an article published in the magazine Aviasport of January / February, 2014 (pages 44 - 51) concerning his experiences and thoughts (safety , dangerousness, management of energy, the dangerous traps,...) relating to aircrafts with electric propulsion.
09/27/2013. Going After New Records and New Adventures
by Dean Sigleron 09/27/2013 blog.cafefoundation.org
Already holder of all the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) world records for light electric aircraft, Jean-Luc Soullier of AerosKyLux has announced his lates endeavor, the Etlantic Project. Since he achieved these records in a microlight MC-30 with a Lynch-type motor, he has searched for a higher-performance airplane and power system.
|SUB- CLASS||TYPE OF RECORD||PERFORMANCE||DATE||CLAIMANT||STATUS||ID|
|RAL1E||Speed over a straight course||189.87 km/h||2012-09-29||Jean-Luc Soullier||ratified – current record||16638|
|RAL1E||Altitude||2366 m||2012-02-27||Jean-Luc Soullier||ratified – current record||16497|
|RAL1E||Distance over a closed circuit without landing||50.13 km||2012-02-27||Jean-Luc Soullier||ratified– current record||16496|
|RAL1E||Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km||136.4 km/h||2012-02-27||Jean-Luc Soullier||ratified – current record|
Working with Windward Performance in Bend, Oregon the Luxembourg-based organization has developed a version of the duckhawk sailplane that will be “exclusively powered by clean energy.”
Greg Cole proudly displays prototype Duckhawk at 2012 Soaring Society of America convention. Note the Designer’s Perlan cockpit mockups in background. Within a few months, Duckhawk won 15-meter nationals, made outstanding showing at 18-meter nationals
According to the Aeroskylux press release, “The development team and the industrial partners have as a first step finished the full carbon wings.” According to a source at Windward, those wings and the fuselage for the Etlantic airplane will be lighter than the already light 390 pound empty weight 15-meter sailplane, even though the thinner skins are pulled from the same molds as the production Duckhawk.
The light weight will allow incorporation of a nose-mounted electric motor, controller, and batteries – as yet unspecified. But Aeroskylux assures us that, “The very high efficiency and the capacity of the power cells will allow for very long flights with complete security.” Since the airplane will probably come in at an all-up weight of around 660-pounds (only a rumor at this point), it might be able to fly in the FAI RAL-1E sub-category, microlights with movable aerodynamic controls and electric power – the same category as that for his MC-30E.
Jean-Luc Soullier the project director and holder of several electric flight records tells us that “The team is now ready to move on to the maiden flight testing of the demonstrator, [with] first flights [to] be completed in the southern French Alps.” Aeroskylux, known for its technological innovation, is preparing for a series of larger challenges. The first challenge, scheduled for 2014, calls upon Jean-Luc Soullier to cross the Atlantic via the north in three hops of about 2,200 kilometers (1,100 nautical miles or 1,265 statute miles) each.
The team chose Brussels, Belgium for a starting point due to its central position at the heart of Europe. The modified Duckhawk will finally land in Canada at a destination to be chosen by local partners. In 2015, Jean-Luc plans a non-stop crossing from New York City to Brussels in one non-stop leg of 6,000 km.(3,000 nm or 3,450 sm). This would be unprecedented for such a light aircraft, and will require technology beyond currently-available batteries.
We will track the progress of this effort with great interest. Without aerial recharging like that proposed by Chip Yates for his planned Atlantic crossing Jean-Luc’s approach will be an interesting alternative approach.
The Aeroskylux web site lists the following Federation Aeronautique Internationale record aspirations for the new airplane:
• Speed : minimum 200 Km/h (125 mph) – well within Duckhawk’s never-exceed speed (Vne).
• Distance : minimum 2,000 Km (1,250 miles) – Duckhawk regularly flies 300-mile triangles without the benefit of a powerplant.
• Altitude : minimum 10,000 meters (32,800 feet).
Jean-Luc Soullier totes H2 canister, possible future energy source for his record flights
A powered version of the Duckhawk should be able to achieve these goals, if the all-important power source can be found. One possible long-term option might be fuel cells, based on the AeroSkyLux web site. Jean-Luc does argue the pros and cons of carrying hydrogen on anairplane in his on-line forum, though. Good news for those hoping for a renewal in light aircraft, Jean-Luc notes, “This new generation of electrically powered ultralight ‘long distance’ airplane will be perfectly suited for the future need of customers, responding to new demands in the leisure activities, control, security, etc...
“We are eagerly awaiting the results of the maiden flight.” Along with a good many followers.
04/09/2012. Deturbulating a Record Flight
by Dean Sigleron 04/09/2012
Sumon K. Sinha, Ph.D., P.E., and head of Sinhatech, had a part in the recent Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) record by Mr Jean-Luc Soullier and recorded in a blog entry on March 10. Dr. Sinha wrote that, “CAFE Foundation’s blog on blog.cafefoundation.org/?p=5334 did not mention that the Colomban MC-30 aircraft had Sinhatech’s Deturbulator tape treatment on the wing upper surface as shown in the attached photograph. I would like to have this added to complete the description of the aircraft.”
Sinhatech Deturbulator tape is an innocuous-looking strip applied along thespan of a wing at a point which will trigger a response from the tape, which oscillates in the airflow, increasing lift and mitigating skin friction, according to company white papers. Dr. Sinha points out that, “This is the first independently recorded flight with wing Deturbulator treatment by FAI. It is also the first independently recorded flight with full-span Deturbulators on a powered aircraft.”
The Sinhatech web site has a great deal of test data, including a thorough analysis by Dick Johnson, a soaring pilot who exemplified scientific precision in his flight test reports. Cirrus sailplane by Dick Johnson: ‘A Flight Test Evaluation of the Sinha Wing Performance Enhancing Deturbulators,’ SOARING and Motorgliding Magazine….” These tests are in the Sinatech web site, and include this interesting line from the flight test summary. “ Evaluating this deturbulator prototype by time honored means applied to rigid wings yields a respectable 5% improvement. However, at 50 kts (IAS) the data in this test series, as well as prior test flights, are well established at a point far beyond the reach of the traditional 4th order polynomial fit to glide ratio points. These data indicate a best glide ratio improvement in the range 13% to 18%.” Dr. Sinha acknowledges, “The current test does not conclusively show how much the Deturbulators contributed. It is however worth recalling that the 200-kg Luciole had only 4.7-kWh of battery power on board and no mechanism for in-flight recharging. Also, the actual airspeeds flown were well above the 136.5 km/h (84.63 mph) average ground speed due to rapidly changing 20-25 km/h (12.4-15.5 mph) winds coming off the mountains surrounding the airfield in Sisteron, France. It is doubtful that the Luciole would have been able to complete the record without Deturbulators and still have about 1-kWh in reserve for landing maneuverand taxiing.”
Dr. Sumon Sinha at Green Flight Challenge Expo, NASA Ames Research CenterTo hear more about Deturbulator tape and the many applications Dr. Sinha has found for this product, including increasing fuel mileage on 18-wheelers, be sure to attend the sixth annual Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, California, April 27 and 28 Register online to be there for this year’s assembly of stellar speakers.
13/01/2013 Brussels Aviation: Aviation at the car exhibition
Article appeared in Hangar Flying
To the left Mr Marcinowski to the right Mr Soullier.
The prototype of the "electric" plane Colomban MC30E N°1 surrounded with its promoters, mister Marcinowski and the Belgian pilot Jean-Luc Soullier who established several world records.
05/02/2013. Brussels Aviation Show
Article in FLYING ZONE February, 2013
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