Largest Manned Electric Aircraft - the Taurus G4 (Electric Vehicles Land, Sea & Air USA 2012)

Mr Tine Tomazic, Research & Development
Mar 27, 2012.


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Presentation Summary

  • Design specifications
  • NASA Green Flight Challenge 2011 race
  • lessons learned: theory vs. practice.

Speaker Biography (Tine Tomazic)

Tine Tomazic, born 1983, received his B.Sc. with Summa Cum Laude in Modeling, Simulation, and Control at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 2007. He is the author of several awarded scientific articles in his field of research, involving Systems, Automation and Control and Tuning of Manned and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Tomazic now works in the Research and Development department at Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovscina as a junior researcher and PhD student. His current work is in the field of online system identification and control strategies for hybrid aircraft. Tomazic was the project manager and father of the Taurus G4 aeroplane, world's largest manned electric aircraft that won the NASA Green Flight Challenge 2011 and is nominated for the prestigious Collier Trophy.

Company Profile (Pipistrel)

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Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovscina was established in 1987 and is the World leader in development and production of Advanced light aircraft. Such a success was made possible by our progressive thinking and innovative production philosophy: the policy of our aircraft design has been based on aerodynamically clean lines and a perfect surface right from the start. Pipistrel is producting the world's only 2-seat electric powered glider, the Taurus Electro, which, together with the Solar Trailer make a totally emissions free and independed solution for flying. In 2011, with the Taurus G4, team won the NASA Green Flight Challenge, smashing the required 200 PassengerMPG by flying a 200 mile course with an average speed of 107 mph and achieving 403 PassengerMPG.
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