On the most recent episode of the “Soaring the Sky” podcast, host Chuck Fulton interviews Eric about his Soar America plans. You can listen by clicking here or can search for “Soaring the Sky” however you prefer to listen to podcasts. If you are pressed for time, you can hear Eric’s introduction at 4:45 and the approximately ten-minute-long interview starting at 41:20.
After listening back over his interview, Eric wanted to make the following addition:
During the conversation, I apparently failed to explain one key part of why I chose a 13.5m-span glider… my desire for an ELECTRIC powerplant. GAS-powered 15m and 18m self-launchers are probably at least as capable at self-launching as my electric 13.5m glider (MORE capable in at least some ways). I just didn’t want the extra complexities and maintenance costs of a gas-powered engine. As far as I could tell, though, no 15m or 18m ELECTRIC-powered gliders could self-launch as capably as the 13.5m glider I chose. It’s electric…! 🙂