1. Aircraft Mission Description
The hybrid-electric aircraft under consideration for design has an economic mission of 400nautical miles (NM) with a maximum range of 1200 NM. It is characterized as a regionalcommercial aircraft, and must safely and efficiently deliver 70 passengers with theimplementation of a hybrid electric propulsion system. This propulsion system will consist of acombination of battery powered electric motors and conventional air breathing turbo-fan engines,allowing for a reduction in emissions, fuel cost, and noise. This aircraft is the first regionaltransport to implement a hybrid electric propulsion system. This design, once optimized, will beexpected to operate with the lowest cost per-seat mile and highest passenger miles per galloncompared to conventional transport aircraft
With an economic mission of 400 NM, this aircraftwill most likely service smaller market areas in order to deliver passengers to larger airlinecarrier hubs. The aircraft mission profile is outlined in Figure 1 with altitude on the verticalcoordinate and distance shown on the horizontal axis.Figure 1. Aircraft Mission ProfileThe mission profile consists of two portions: the nominal mission and the reserves. In this case,the nominal economic mission is 400 NM, but the aircraft has the potential to go 1200 NM. A portion of the mileage above 400 NM composes the contingency portion of the mission. For example, if the aircraft needs to fly a holding pattern for a given amount of time due to a busyairport, the aircraft will have enough fuel to safely accomplish this portion of the mission.