Pulling the plug

Electric cars are finally starting to get some investment money and governmental support coming their way. The same can’t be said for their airborne cousins. Popular Mechanics reports that the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits electric motors in light sport aircraft (LSA). Less experienced pilots tend to fly these planes, and the FAA says it’s reluctant to let them fly with an electric motor, as it’s a newer technology. Meanwhile, electric planes, such as the ElectraFlyer-X and others, are being designed so they can go into production once the FAA permits electric airplane motors on LSAs.