Electric Propulsion Most Likely To Reshape Light Aircraft Sector Written 27 September 2018

MRO Network reports that the shift toward electric propulsion is “reshaping not only the supply chain, but also the aftermarket.” Although it is “still too early to predict the extent to which electric propulsion will change aviation,” the new technology “looks most likely to reshape the light-aircraft sector, and the promise of lower energy costs, emissions and noise could create new markets in urban air mobility and short-haul regional transport.” Larger aircraft are already seeing “electrification,” led by the “more electric Boeing 787, and all the major engine OEMs see some long-term place for electric technology in propulsion.” Although electric components are expected to require less maintenance than traditional propulsion parts, the potential for “unconventional configurations will bring unusual maintenance issues such as the accessibility of distributed propulsion components and the safety issues of working with high-voltage propulsion buses.” Georgia Tech researchers “recommend that the emerging electric-aircraft industry involve mechanics and technicians early in the design process to obtain practical feedback about maintainability.” The team also calls for the establishment of standards for the training and certification of electric propulsion mechanics. 
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