Info and Pricing
The Amp is a two-seat electric Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA). The design is for a super quiet (<65 dBa), comfortable, safe, efficient and green aircraft. We are making this possible by combining the new battery technology with the latest aircraft innovations.
Many Different Uses
The Amp is designed to fit in many different aspects of flying, some of which include:
- Flight training – the Amp is an excellent training platform, providing over an hour of takeoffs and landings with time left to spare before needing to re-charge.
- Leisure flight – take your Amp for a flight to another local airport and not go broke in the process. With direct operating costs less than $10/hr*, the term “Hundred-dollar hamburger” will soon be a forgotten joke of the past.
- Noise-sensitive flight operations – with the whispering-quiet propeller, the airplane can be used in noise-sensitive areas without too much impact on wild life.
- Remote operations – with optional solar-powered remote charging equipment, there’s no more need to supply fuel, or even electricity to the aircraft’s home base**.
* Based on current US electricity rates, the current battery costs, and the average flight of 50 hours a year or less.
** Will require a minimum of 4 hours of sunshine per day to operate.
A New Definition Of Comfort
The Amp has a 46-inch wide cockpit, along with an extremely quiet environment, comparable to that of a car. No more need for headsets!
A Truly Remarkable Airframe Design
The Amp features a super-light composite airframe, which is built from a special new type of carbon fabric. The advancements in the carbon composite technologies has allowed us to create a super light, yet super strong airplane.
Prior to now, most airframes have been designed to fit the needs of the gas-powered engines. Alternair’s approach to the airframe design was to maximize the performance for the least amount of energy spent. Our airframe has the maximum L/D at a slightly higher speed of 75 knots, and is capable of up to a 90-knot cruise in the nominal power setting range. However, the airplane still has the low-speed handling characteristics similar to most modern gas-powered LSAs.
Next Generation of Advanced Systems
The Amp has a new feature never seen before on small General Aviation airplanes – an Aircraft Health Management (AHM). This new feature is allowing us to help you, the operator, better understand what is going on with your airplane. The AHM is also one of the reasons why we are able to offer a 5-year limited warranty at no extra cost (restrictions apply).
Price and Warranty:
Standard price: $129,000.
Standard warranty: 5-year limited; Includes 5 free annual inspections, with supplemental coverage for normal wear and tear.
|Length||20' (6 m)|
|Height||7' 9" (2.36 m)|
|Wing span||32' (9.75 m)|
|Cabin width||46" (1.17 m)|
|Propeller||74" diameter, rated 1,600 RPM maximum|
Weight, Power and Energy Storage Data:
|Maximum takeoff weight||1320 lbs (600 kg)|
|Empty weight (including battery packs)||840 lbs (380 kg)|
|Useful load||480 lbs (220 kg)|
|Motor||35 kW, Hallbach array brushless AC|
|Energy storage||Firewall forward - 1 x 17 kWh pack
Wings - 2 x 8.5 kWh packs
|Energy storage type||LiFePO4, rated for 2000 hour/charge cycles maximum (whichever comes first)|
|* - Limitation set by the electric components, not the aircraft performance.|
|Vne||135 kts (250 km/h)|
|Vno||110 kts (200 km/h)|
|Vc, max (14 kW)||90 kts (167 km/h)|
|Vc, nom. (11 kW)||80 kts (148 km/h)|
|Vc, econ. (10 kW)||75 kts (140 km/h)|
|Vs1||45 kts (83 km/h)|
|Vs0||39 kts (72 km/h)|
|Vx||59 kts (109 km/h)|
|Vy||65 kts (120 km/h)|
|Takeoff run||800 ft|
|Landing run||600 ft|
|Maximum endurance (traffic pattern)||1.5 hours + 30-minute reserve|
|Maximum endurance (cruise)||2.5 hours + 30-minute reserve|
|Primary Power Instruments||Propeller RPM
Power (W, x1000)
Energy remaining (kWh)
|Flight Instruments||Airspeed indicator
Vertical speed indicator
Aircraft Health Management (AHM)
|Electrical Systems||Battery packs, equipped with non-resettable fuses (34 kWh total)
Electric load management system
Push-reset circuit breakers
Battery management system (BMS)
CHAdeMO-compatible charging system
|Electric Propulsion System||Launchpoint Technologies 30 kW Hallbach array AC motor and two programmable controllers|
|Mechanical Systems||Dual stick controls
Dual hydraulic brakes
Differential braking steering
|Safety Systems||Ballistic recovery system (BRS)|
|Accessories||Portable AC charger/converter (110-240VAC compatible)|
|Portable solar charging port||Info available soon|
|Internal lighting||For operations other than Sport Pilot.|
|External lighting||Position and navigation light combo. LED.|
|Mode S transponder|
Alternair Amp on CAFE Blog – An LSA With the Electric Heart of an Airliner.