The Pipistrel Velis Electro becomes the first 100% electric aircraft in series

The Pipistrel Velis Electro aircraft has become the first electric aircraft in the world to obtain certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). With this sesame, it can now be marketed.

In aviation, we speak of “steps” for the angle of attack of the propeller blades. And on June 10, 2020 was the occasion of a big step forward for the history of electric aviation . For the first time, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified an electric light aircraft, the Pipistrel Velis Electro . 

A world first which is the culmination of three years of work to reach the highest level of safety for the aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel. The certification was done in two stages, with first the homologation of the electric motor bearing the reference E-811-268MVLC, on May 18, to then certify the association of the cell and the motor. For EASA, it was also a great leap into the void, since it was necessary to lay the first milestones for the future certification of electric aircraft .

A school plane

Pipistrel is a Slovenian aircraft manufacturer specializing in the design and production of economical light aircraft. With its electric motor , the Pipistrel Velis Electro was developed from the cell of the small two-seater Virus SW 121 with a mass of 600 kg  of the brand. Instead of the 100 horsepower Rotax internal combustion engine, its 60 kW electric equivalent is at work.

This type of aircraft is mainly intended for pilot training and in particular for long learning of takeoff / landing phases, what are called “  runway laps  ”. Pipistrel Velis Electro already has an order book of 120 aircraft with customers like Air France and Swiss and South African flight schools.