Battery electric plane takes flight in Australia

Battery electric plane takes flight in Australia

The first serially-built Pipistrel Alpha Electro has taken flight in Australia. The aircraft, which received a Special Certificate of Airworthiness from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in October 2017, took off from Perth's Jandakot Airport and conducted two circuits around Jandakot (the 5th busiest airport in the southern hemisphere with more than 375,000 movements last year). It then went on to complete another seven hours of flying over the following two days before being handed over to Electro.Aero, the aircraft's operator. The Alpha Electro can be registered in Australia as either a recreational aircraft or with CASA. In both cases it can be used for training, even to obtain a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). The Pipistrel Alpha Electro is the first electric aircraft that offers the possibility of PPL training. The aircraft was sold and all the paperwor...

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