The Anonymous Widower

Shocks Away! RAF To Fly Electric Planes

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on The Times.

The RAF is evaluating the Slovenian-built Pipistrel Velis Electro for use as a training aircraft. I learned to fly in a Cessna 150 and the Pipistrel Velis Electro seems to be a modern reincanation of that and similar classic designs.

  • It seats two normal people side-by-side.
  • It has a high wing.
  • It has a fixed tricycle undercarriage.
  • It is built from composites, whereas the Cessna was aluminium.
  • It seems to have been carefully designed.
  • It has full certification.

I would love to have a flight in one.

As the Danish Air Force are already using the aircraft for pilot training, I suspect that it might suit the RAF.

But then there are quite a lot of battery-electric under development and there may be a better one.

But there is no denying that the Pipistrel Velis Electro is a good aircraft to start the procurement process.

November 7, 2021 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , ,

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