Velis Electro broke 7 world records in a 3-day flight
Pipistrel congratulates a team of electric mobility enthusiasts, who accomplished an amazing flight from the Alps (Zurich) to the North Sea in the Pipistrel Velis Electro – an achievement never before attempted with an electric plane. The flight broke 7 world records on this 700 km flight, among others the lowest energy consumption (kWh/100 km) and the highest average speed for small aircraft.
The team and the project
The team consists of electric mobility enthusiasts:
Top row: Marco Buholzer, Morell Westerman, Malik Aziz, Tom Albrecht
Bottom row: Tobias Pape, Kerstin Zulechner, Stefan Pieper
Malik and Morell met Marco, who flies the only certified electric training aircraft, the Pipistrel Velis Electro. They asked him if he would like to fly his Velis to the North Sea, where Tobi lives – and Marco agreed. Tom took care of video documentation of the flight.
The five electro-friends checked all the options and noticed: “If we make it, we’ll set seven world records at once.” Morell listed them: “The highest average speed over 700 kilometres, as well as the highest altitude ever reached by an electric plane, the lowest energy consumption per kilometre per person, the longest distance flown electrically, etc.”
Since flying with kerosene is extremely harmful to the climate, the team wanted to show there are alternatives and prove that CO₂-neutral flying is possible nowadays. Marco explained the goal wasn’t to make the whole route in one go, since most small planes fly distances shorter than 200 kilometres anyway, but to prove that CO₂-neutral flying is already possible. Malik emphasized that plane’s 60 kW motor and state-of-the-art battery technology made electric flight about four times more efficient.
In his statement just before the flight, Marco says: “On August 30th we will prove with our extraordinary flight that the time of electric planes has come”. As planned, they set off from Zurich and two days later landed on the North Sea island Norderney.
The flight was accomplished according to the plan:
Scheduled start: 30.08.2020 Zurich Airport (LSZH)
Scheduled landing: 01.09.2020 Norderney Airport (EDWY)
along the route: https://elektro-weltrekordflug.eu/route/
As predicted, the flight set 7 world records in one go:
– Lowest energy consumption (kWh/100 km) over 700km
– Highest average speed over 700 km (km/h)
– Highest altitude ever reached by an electric aircraft (metre above main sea level)
– Fastest climb performance from 0-1000m / 1000-2000m / 2000-3000m (m/s)
– Fastest average speed over 100km (km/h)
– Lowest number of intermediate stops on 700km distance (number of stops)
– Longest electrically flown distance in 24 / 48 / 56 hours (km)
For more information, visit the official site of the project: https://elektro-weltrekordflug.eu