Elixir’s Molded Carbon Fiber Airplane


At Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany, a French company called Elixir was showing a unique two-seat airplane built of molded carbon fiber using technology to build racing boats. The idea is the airplane is both cheaper to manufacture and much cheaper to maintain because it has vastly fewer parts. AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli shot this video summary of the project.


  1. It appears this company has much experience in composite construction world. This transition to aircraft should not be that difficult. I seen the major mistake the Corvallis from Wichita experienced. The new owners of the company sent the once US rout components to Mexico because they were looking for lowering labor costs and got just what the didn’t want. With the FAA evaluation pilot 2006 who flew a new article from the factory in Wichita and he came back in a car. The pilot rode it out and landed in a farm field. As the trailing edge of the wing became separated due the poor bonding and no quality control or manufacturing discipline. The one aircraft cost the Type Certificate holder over $2.5 million in fines.