Getting Aid Where it is Most Needed

I read recently that a German company, PC-Aero has developed a heavier than air fixed wing aircraft capable of carrying a single person with plans to carry two persons, then four persons as the technology develops. (see video)

This raises an interesting possibility of using such technology, not just for the recreational market, but also for the aid aircraft sector. Through organisations such as Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), an aid aircraft is taking off every 3mins worldwide, accumulating tens of thousands of flying hours every day.

Such levels of flying take vast quantities of Avgas, which can be hard to find and secure in some challenging locations. What if the electric aircraft could serve in such a situation? The hangar would beĀ  roofed with solar panels, charging the aircraft while on the ground. Given, the original outlay would be higher and maintenance costs would be higher, but the long term investment could yield a return.

At present, the technology is in its infancy and the payload capabilities are too small. Nevertheless, I see a great future for this technology, delivering aid where it is most needed.

Paul Pitcher