Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), a private research university, has become the first American University to own and fly an electric airplane – the Pipistrel Velis Electro!

30th Aug 2021

The plane has not yet received certification in the US and so is flying as an experimental craft!

The first flight was 22 minutes, using about a third of the aircraft’s battery capacity and creating an operating cost of only $1.03.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is in the process of awarding Florida Tech an $85,000 contract to provide data from the first 50 flight hours of the Velis Electro.

Ivo Boscarol, CEO and founder of Pipistrel, said: “Pipistrel will continue to work with the FAA to identify paths to recognize the EASA type-certification in the USA, to allow for commercial operations and pilot training with the Velis Electro – which is already possible in all EASA member states and countries where EASA validations are enabled.”

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