The all electric Cri-Cri has jointly been developed by EADS Innovation Works, Aero Composites Saintonge and the Green Cri-Cri Association and made its official maiden flight at Le Bourget airport near Paris in September 2010. This Cri-Cri is the first-ever four-engined all-electric aerobatic plane. The aerobatic plane incorporates numerous innovative technologies such as lightweight composite structures that reduce the weight of the airframe and compensate for the additional weight of the batteries, four brushless electric motors with counter-rotating propellers which deliver propulsion without CO2 emissions and significantly lower noise compared to thermal propulsion, and high energy-density Lithium batteries. The combined utilization of these environment-friendly technical innovations enables the Cri-Cri to deliver novel performance values: 30 minutes of autonomous cruise flight at 110 km/h, 15 minutes of autonomous aerobatics at speeds reaching up to 250 km/h, and a climb rate of approximately 5.3 m/sec.
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