We founded NUNCATS with the aim of proving the viability of sustainably powered electric planes to deliver vital medical equipment and human resources to some of the world’s most remote communities.
So often, we are presented with news about a problem, but with no offer of a solution forthcoming. This is normal. Or at least, you learn to accept it as normal, which is disappointing, and crucially, need not be the case.
Every day, we hear about global inequalities, about the threats posed by climate change and by our reliance on petrochemicals. We hear about the problems accessing healthcare in rural or remote areas, or about the logistical problems in delivering any answers, and come away wishing things could be different, but unsure what we, personally, might be able to do about any of it… then we go about our day, maybe feeling just a little bit defeated. But what can you do?
A deliverable solution
Light aviation already plays a critical role in the developing world. It connects isolated communities for day to day needs, and in times of natural disaster, famine or conflict, reliable and robust aircraft can provide a lifeline to communities. But refuelling facilities are scarce, conventional fuel is expensive and, in the long term, unsustainable. However, such communities often have plenty of sunshine and wind to generate electricity.
Electric vehicles can be simple to use and maintain, while remaining cost effective. Renewable energy is a key element in the sustainable development of remote communities. By taking an approach that unifies these broad themes we will deliver fully electric air lifelines to those remote places where we can have the most impact. Our concept is timely, and the moment for it is right now.
We can bring immediate, tangible benefits to those communities which need help the most, by developing robust and affordable electric aircraft. You get to take at least some of the credit for making it happen, because you are not only discerning and forward thinking but also, if I may say so, rather attractive.
You see how this works? You just became a philanthropist, and that’s pretty wild. Yeah it is. Oh, and you can probably feel good about helping those people in remote villages get access to vital healthcare for the rest of your life, because that’s a good thing to have done, and it’s nice to feel nice.
Taking a bird’s-eye view
Our idea, simply put, is to provide both our electric aircraft and the means to power it via micro-grid technologies, as a single package. In the next six months, we will prove the airworthiness, range and utility of a simple, rugged and ecologically sustainable aircraft, we like to call the ‘electric sky jeep’, which can deliver life changing, and life saving benefits to communities with very limited access to modern medical equipment and personnel.
Longer term, we will introduce our technologies to the sports flying sector, with sales of our modular batteries, conversion kits and designs allowing sports flyers to convert to cleaner, greener energy. The income generated will help ensure that we can offer fully assembled, or even flat pack electric planes at cost price to aid organisations providing essential support to remote communities across the globe.
From concept to reality
Accessibility is of central concern to us, whether that is the affordability of technologies or ready access to parts and repairs. With this in mind, we chose a plane that is designed to be built from a kit, and have partnered with Zenith Aircraft, the USA’s leading producer of 'light sport' category aircraft. The aircraft is based on the Zenith CH750, designed from the outset to be simple to assemble but also tough, and capable of operating in remote areas with difficult terrain.
Building an electric sky jeep doesn’t require access to specialised machinery or production facilities, proving that electric aircraft do not have to use cutting edge technology to be a vital tool in the real world.
Sustainable power, off-grid
Our studies have demonstrated that a charging network could be created with only minor modifications to the existing grids. In doing so, such a network would permit our aircraft to serve many sites without any reliance on fossil fuels. These micro-generation sites are already located at schools and clinics, where people and other resources are most needed.
By integrating established, as well as emerging technologies, we aim to create complete networks of sustainable, self-reliant and resilient transport systems. Electric sky jeeps will provide a new option for charities and NGOs in delivering life changing services to remote areas- an option with the minimum logistics tail and providing the maximum positive impact.
These systems can be deployed anywhere the sun shines, and require virtually no external infrastructure once installed; what makes NUNCATS different is that our project has been designed from end to end optimising for maximum social benefit at every step.
Now, this is where you come in...
You can make all the difference
Since we founded NUNCATS in the summer of 2019, we have built our first aircraft, and are ready to launch into the next phase of our project… but we need your help.
To maintain this pace, we are looking to raise £13,425 to carry out stress testing of certain critical components, new tools and equipment to make it easier and safer, and add some modern touches to our 1940s USAAF hangar (more lighting and a working motor on the hangar door would be pretty handy!).
Our stretch goal is a further £22,975 that will allow us to build a showcase micro-grid charger and establish our base as the world’s first 100% renewable energy ePlane charging station.
Your donation will make it happen.
Forget disappointment, we can make delivering healthcare to remote communities the new normal.
So, let’s do that instead.