Magnus eFusion Light Sport Aircraft, Hungary
eFusion is a two-seat, all-electric, low-wing monoplane unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen expo in Germany in April 2016. The aircraft is currently under development by Magnus Aircraft, a company based in Hungary, in collaboration with Siemens.
The maiden flight of the aircraft was completed at the Matkópuszta airfield in Kecskemet, Hungary, in April 2016. The aircraft is being developed for ultra-light (UL), light sport aircraft (LSA) and very light aircraft (VLA) categories, and can be used for upset recovery training at low operation cost.
eFusion aircraft design and features
The eFusion is based on the piston engine-powered Fusion aircraft. The light sport aircraft has a symmetric wing profile, a titanium firewall, and a centre section made of chrome molybdenum alloys. The fuselage is attached with a non-retractable tricycle landing gear. The aircraft also includes ballistic aircraft retrieval parachute.
AURTE Organization provides upset recovery and aerobatic training to the buyers of Magnus' aircraft.
The eFusion LSA has a length of 6.7m, height of 2.4m, and a wingspan of 8.3m including winglet, whereas the wing area is 10.59m².
eFusion aircraft cockpit and avionics
The cockpit of the aircraft houses two side-by-side seats with a width of 1,170mm. It features a fully-visible glass canopy.
The avionics include either video surveillance system with onboard operator workstation or wireless video surveillance system with ground control station version. It also includes day visible electro-optical (EO) sensor with object tracking system and a camera sensor and a small day and night visible thermal combined EO sensor.
The aircraft can be optionally installed with autopilot, dual controls, attitude indicator, night visual flight rules (NVFR) pack, landing lights, heated pitot and leather seat covers.
Engine and performance details of eFusion aircraft
The aircraft is powered by a 60kW Siemens electric drive system. The electric propulsion system including motor and batteries were designed by Hungarian subsidiary of Siemens and Siemens headquarters in Germany. The aircraft is entirely battery-powered and has an endurance of approximately one hour.
The aircraft has an empty weight of 410kg and a maximum take-off weight of 600kg. It requires a take-off distance between 120m and 130m, and landing roll from 150m to 200m.
Magnus Fusion multi-purpose aircraft
The Fusion multi-purpose aircraft, which serves as the basis for eFusion, is offered in three configurations namely Fusion Base, Fusion Vantage and Fusion S-Line. The variants are can be powered by Rotax 912, Rotax 912 IS, Rotax 912 Is Sport, and UL Power 260 engines, which have a power output between 80hp and 100hp each. The engine drives Woodcomp, MT or Duck propeller.
The aircraft has a fuel capacity of 90 litres with a fuel consumption ranging between 16l and 21l an hour. It has a cursing speed ranging between 185km/h (100kt) and 240km/h (130kt), never-exceed speed of 313km/h (169kt) and maximum horizontal speed of 266km/h (144kt).
The stall and manoeuvring speeds of the aircraft are 35kt and 104kt, respectively. The aircraft has a maximum range of up to 1,100km and a service ceiling of 12,000ft.