An Australian flying school Eyre to There Aviation, supported by AvPlan EFB flight planning software, in partnership with Recreational Aviation Australia RA-Aus, West Coast Bitumen and Aerometrex, made a great achievement:
They have set a world endurance record for an electric aircraft, breaking the previous mark set in Germany last year. Their record flight took 7-days and 18-stops around South Australia.
Parafield – Lower Light – Balaklava – Snowtown – Port Pirie – Whyalla – Corunna Station – Nonning Station – Kimba – Cleve – Ungarra (Rosevale) – Port Lincoln – East Dog Fence RD Airstrip – Cleve – Shoalwater Point Station – Whyalla – Port Augusta – Quorn – Carrieton – Ororroo – Jamestown – Clare Valley – Balaklava – Gawler – Adelaide Airport – Parafield
The Alpha Electro which they used is the first RAAus-registered electric plane and the first electric plane to land at Adelaide International airport.
Barrie Rogers, Catherine Conway OAM, David Bradshaw
Starting at Parafield Airport on Saturday, June 19, the Eyre to There Aviation Managing Director Barrie Rogers and his team arrived in Port Augusta on Friday June 25, after breaking the previous mark of 750km on the leg between Shoalwater Point Station and Whyalla. They continued to Adelaide, aiming to achieve 1350km by the end of the journey.
Along the way, the team has also broken other world records for electric aircraft including longest over-water flight (30.8km); furthest distance in a 24-hour period (330km); and fastest speed between waypoints (177km/h ground speed).