Remember the FlyNano, an electric recreational airplane featured in our interview section about a year ago? Just recently it had its maiden flight, taking to the sky gracefully from water. Congratulations to the FlyNano team and best of luck in the future!
FlyNano is the brainchild of an aviation consultant, designer an enthusiastic pilot Aki Suokas who first dreamed of an aircraft to weigh less than 70 kilos over 7 years ago.
This magical weight limit determines how an aircraft is classified - below 70 kg is unlicensed fun-fliers territory. FlyNano single-seater was officially launched at Aero 2011 in Friedrichshafen in Germany in April and photos from the test sessions are to be believed then you can orders yours soon. Technical details and more photos at the end of the interview.
I had the chance to ask Aki Suokas a few questions about his baby, the idea, the motivation and the challenges along the way. Enjoy!