A Slovenian aviation company has produced the world’s first fully electric plane to be type-certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency which means it meets safety standards and can be used commercially.
The two-seater is intended to be used to train new pilots and can fly at least 50 minutes between charges. The first Pipistrel Velis Electros will be delivered to customers this year.
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Pipistrel Velis Electro - the first type-certified electric aeroplane in the World
ZeroAvia Flies The Europe's Largest Zero Emission Aircraft at Cranfield, UK!
ZeroAvia successfully completed the first electric-powered flight yesterday of a commercial-scale aircraft in the UK.
The test flight is viewed as a significant milestone both for the UK’s net zero and green aviation ambitions, and for ZeroAvia on the journey to demonstrating long-distance zero emission flights in large aircraft.
The company successfully completed the first flight of the new version of its powertrain from its base at Cranfield Airport in a six-seater Piper-M.
On June 10, 2020 the European Union Aviation Safety Agency announced the certification of an electric airplane, the Pipistrel Velis Electro, the first type certification world-wide of a fully electric aircraft and an important milestone in the quest for environmentally sustainable aviation.
“This is an exciting breakthrough,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “This is the first electric aircraft EASA has certified but it will certainly not be the last, as the aviation industry pursues new technologies to reduce noise and emissions and to improve the sustainability of aviation.”
The Velis Electro is a two-seater aircraft intended primarily for pilot training. Slovenia-based Pipistrel is a leading small aircraft designer and manufacturer, specialised in energy-efficient and affordable high-performance aircraft. The Velis Electro (Model Virus SW 128) joins a product line-up of similar, but conventionally powered, aircraft.
The certification, completed in less than three years, was only possible in that time-frame due to close cooperation between Pipistrel and EASA, with the common goal of ensuring the aircraft met the high standard of safety needed for certification. The project also brought important learnings that will support future certifications of electrically powered engines and aircraft.
The aircraft is powered by the first certified electrical engine, the E-811-268MVLC, certified by EASA for Pipistrel on May 18, 2020.
Is this latest breakthrough a sign that the long-predicted electric revolution is finally coming in to land?
Perhaps not quite, although the modified Cessna Grand Caravan that completed the flight is “another step on the road” to operating electric aircraft on short routes, according to Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, which developed the plane’s 750-horsepower propulsion system.
The nine-seater eCaravan, which magniX developed with aerospace firm AeroTEC, used less than $6 worth of electricity for its 160km flight. Compare that to a conventional combustion engine, which would have used around $300 to $400 worth of fuel for the same trip.
MagniX says 5% of global flights are under this distance.
The companies magniX and AeroTEC have announced the successful maiden flight of the allegedly world’s largest all-electric aircraft, an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. The half-hour flight in the US state of Washington apparently went without a hitch.
The eCaravan’s first flight — which took off on time, landed on time, and retained ten percent more energy capacity than MagniX and AeroTEC expected it would — was intended to demonstrate “how mature [electric propulsion technology] is and how ready for the world it is.”
The thirty-minute test flight, which would normally consume jet fuel exceeding $300 in cost, used less than six dollars’ worth of electricity, according to Ganzarski.
“Imagine what that does … to the bottom line or profitability of an airline,” Ganzarski said.
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The world’s largest all-electric aircraft made its first successful flight, landing safely in Moses Lake, Washington, about 180 miles southeast of Seattle pic.twitter.com/2afy5XEKEs
On Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. PT in Moses Lake, Wash., electric motor company magniX and airplane testing, engineering, and certification company AeroTEC will conduct the first flight test of a Cessna Caravan 208B, magniX tells Green Matters in an email. The flight is expected to last for 20 to 30 minutes, and the airplane will be flown by a lone test pilot at a speed of around 114 mph.