Little by little, civil aviation also joins the share of electricity. A solution currently confined to small aircraft and which, until now, has not enjoyed the necessary certifications in the Old Continent. But these days the news that EASA, or the European aviation safety agency, has certified its first electric aircraft. This is the Pipistrel Velis Electro, certified both for the electric motor with which it is equipped, ie the E-811-268MVLC developed by Pipistrel, and for the complete aircraft. An important first that reveals how much electrification has practically no boundaries.

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Pipistrel, Slovenian aviation company, who has worked for years in the development and construction of electric aircraft, both as regards the engine component, and instead for the aircraft in its entirety. The company has built nine electric airplanes over the years, three have gone into production and a fourth coming. It all started when an electric motor was installed on the company’s Taurus glider.

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Today the spotlight is on the Velis Electro, which in essence is the electric version of another model, the ultra-light Virus SW 121, equipped with a Rotax engine. In fact, the different types of engines make the difference. Following the certification of the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Velis Electro can be used for flight training and other commercial and private uses throughout Europe. The small Slovenian aircraft 6.5 meters long and has an empty weight of 428 kilos including the battery. The electric motor delivers up to 57.6 kW during the take-off phase, therefore it is the peak power; while the availability in terms of kW of power corresponds to 49.2 kW during the flight. The maximum reachable altitude of 12,000 feet, the equivalent of over 3650 meters. There are two 11 kWh battery packs each, enough for 50 flight minutes plus any reserve. The first 31 units of Velis Electro will be delivered by the end of the year.

June 22, 2020 (change June 23, 2020 | 11:03)

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