On Tuesday 14 September 2021, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco became the first Head of State to fly electric when he took off from Nice-Côte d’Azur airport onboard a Pipistrel Velis, an electric aircraft used by many French flying schools for basic pilot training. Pilot, sailor, and eco-explorer, Raphaël Domjan, who completed the first solar-powered circumnavigation onboard the catamaran PlanetSolar and who pilots the solar-powered aircraft SolarStratos, was at the controls.
A 30-minute flight without CO2 emissions
Convinced of the need for an energy transition that will alleviate our dependency on fossil fuels to preserve our planet’s climate, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco fully appreciated a flight that was CO2 emissions and noise free. Alighting from the plane back at Nice-Côte d’Azur airport after the 30-minute flight over the Principality of Monaco, he declared himself delighted with the experience: “It was fantastic to be able to fly without emitting CO2. The development of electric aviation must continue so that tomorrow’s flights can incorporate the use of electric motors, whether powered by
batteries or fuel cells.”