Others talk about electric flight, Pipistrel is delivering it now! We are happy to announce that the first Pipistrel Velis Electro is flying in the USA.
We congratulate to the new owner, the Florida Institute of Technology – the first American university to own and fly an electric plane. Their purchased Pipistrel Velis Electro took its first flight this week:
Florida Tech alumnus and former associate dean Isaac Silver was the pilot
The Velis Electro is the world’s first certified electric powered airplane, holding an EASA certification, and it has not been flown in the United States until now.
Pipistrel would like to thank Mr. Rand Vollmer for his help in this historic delivery and for the great video he posted on his Facebook profile:
A Fox35 reporter takes a ride in the first American Velis Electro and she makes history as one of the first passengers on board an electric plane in the USA
Ivo Boscarol, CEO and founder of Pipistrel, says:
“We are happy and proud to announce that after the Taurus Electro and Alpha Electro, the Pipistrel Velis Electro is already the third serially-produced Pipistrel’s electric aircraft model which now flies in the USA. 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.”