A carbon-fiber airplane branded FlyNano, primarily designed for operations on water and as a “fun flyer”, has taken its first test flight at Finland’s Lake Hepari on Monday. FlyNano is equipped with a new battery-powered engine. A video of the test flight has been posted online.
FlyNano is a single-occupant petrol/electric microlight amphibious aircraft. It weighs 70 kilograms (154 pounds) and its wingspan is nearly five meters. Flynano can achieve a maximum speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). It can take off with a maximum weight of 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Its rudder is controlled by pedals. The electric version of the plane has a limited range of 40 kilometers. When the aircraft will be commercialized, it will cost €27,000 (US $39,000). At present, it’s being developed by a Finnish aeronautical firm named as the same as the aircraft – FlyNano.
The FlyNano aircraft may come to market possibly at the end of 2013. However, the company has already pre-sold 35 planes each at approximately €27,000 (US $34,164).