A new British plane is cleared for take off

In front of an audience of invited guests, Thursday 30th October saw the e-Go prototype take to the Norfolk skies for its official inaugural flight.

In the careful and capable hands of Keith Dennison, the chief test pilot for the company, the aircraft took gracefully to the air before giving the audience quite a show with a lively flying sequence. The plane is great fun to pilot, the running costs are very low, and it could well change the face of leisure flying.

The concept for the aircraft was just an idea in Giotto Castelli’s mind 10 years ago, the concept won a national aviation competition in 2007 and as a result of the global interest shown in the design, e-Go aeroplanes was started with Giotto leading the design effort to bring the prototype to flying status.

Giotto Castelli described his vision for the aircraft: “I believe the canard design (small front wing) can offer great manoeuvrability and efficient aerodynamics. The e-Go adds to that an impressive field of view and a very compact airframe with simple lines which the air likes as much as the eye does. This also allows the weight to be kept to an absolute minimum. It is amazing to have had so many individuals and companies supporting this seemingly infectious project.”

Malcolm Bird, Executive Chairman commented: “The aircraft embodies many novel features and benefits from the aviation authority in the UK relaxing its regulation on very light aircraft. This has allowed e-Go aeroplanes to develop a completely new aircraft in a short time and with the minimum of red tape. It is good to be involved in the revival of a British aviation industry.”

About e-Go aeroplanes:

Operating to the north of Cambridge, e-Go aeroplanes is creating the striking, new, very lightweight e-Go aircraft. It will cost dramatically less to fly than traditional aircraft and is a design-led product for discerning pilots who relish new experiences.

It uses novel technologies for performance yet achieves a low cost of development and operation by exploiting the newly de-regulated environment in the UK. Interest in the product is high and we already have first deposits for aircraft which will be delivered in 2015.