A good combination is a ICE upfront and an electric motor at the back. Use electric for STOL and emergency only to keep the battery weight low making the electric pusher config very lightweight. Also, charge the battery through the ICE alternator during cruise.
Best of both worlds!!
How about adding an electric inwheel motor to the landing gear?. Yes, it adds weight (10-15lbs max) but allows to leverage the battery of the FES system or any other electric powerplant for self launch!
From the website:
Can the Sonex High Wing be transported on a trailer?
Yes. The Sonex High Wing features removeable outboard wing panels, similar to the SubSonex, with a fixed inboard wing section. Max width of the aircraft with outboard wings removed is 89-5/8” allowing the high wing Quick...
VB, you basically defined the problem statement:
Where is an all metal 4 place bushplane that can stall at 40/45mph, cruise at 160/175mph, has control harmony of RVs, and a kit akin to RV12/14 with Vans & VAF support? Also something that will fit in the new LSA/LPA rule!
None of the Sportsman...
Radu Berceanu, Avi from Romania..........https://www.aviaircraft.com/about-us
swan 120 ..........both cantilevered high wing with removable tailboom & feathers............
and the electric swan Swan E115-22
and the (non cantilever) newer swan 240/270/300 (weight in KG)......
Gabe, welcome to HBA. I would like to know more about your install and request more complete specs of the FWF on the Xenos:
Weight of Motor,
Weight of the single battery module
Battery module dimensions
How many battery modules were used
Are these replaceable like the FX/FXS...