First 100% electric aircraft approved for commercial aviation
The CleanElectric.de podcast community was extremely helpful in testing the suitability of 3-phase power connections at airports in Germany in the run-up to the flight.
The specialized and non-specialized press are enthusiastic, numerous television reports and publications in the The mainstream press clearly show this.
Global records The results documented by the Swiss ElectroSuisse for its recognition as a world record with a certified electric aircraft will be presented to the FAI
(Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) in the next few days:
Minimum energy consumption (kWh / 100 km):
In total, the flight consumed 190,963 kWh of electrical energy over the entire route (including charger losses, approximately 15%) Total flight distance: 453 nm / 838,964 km
This means that the average consumption is 22.76 kWh / 100 km, which corresponds to 2.33 l diesel (diesel equivalent in energy:
(9.75 kWh / l)
Calculated over the entire distance, the Pipistrel Velis consumed the energy equivalent to 19.58 liters of diesel.
The absolutely longest distance in 12 hours was made on the way back from Mainz-Finthen airfield to Schänis airfield, a total of 382.44 km (departure from Mainz-Finthen airfield on September 6, 2020 at 8:19 am, landing at the Schänis airfield at 7:23 pm) 48 h: 608,382 km the first and second day (departure from Schänis airport on August 31, 2020 at 8 a.m., landing at Münster-Telgte airport on September 1, 2020 at 4:36 p.m. 56 h: 838,956 km, we covered the entire distance in this time! (Take off from Schänis airfield on August 31, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., landing at Norderney airfield on September 2, 2020 at 3:24 p.m. Great help from the community and airport operators
This project would not have been possible without the great support of the “CleanElectric” podcast community, airfield and airport operators and employees, and sponsors.
The community invaded all of Germany to test plugs at airports with their electric cars, organize welcome events, inform local media or donate money.
Many airports have specially revised or even expanded their electrical installations.
The reception and organization on site were unique – the sponsors not only gave money, but are also constantly engaged in the fields of power generation, charging infrastructure, or other sustainability issues.
Some of them met the team at the airfields, traveled with them in person, or were on site when they landed in Norderney.
Highlights and obstacles There is no pioneering feat without the unexpected: from the beginning, the rainiest day in 15 years in Schänis, Switzerland, awaited the team.
Therefore, the start had to be postponed for one day, as the track was 12 inches under water and could only be pumped at night.
After that, however, the subsequent planning went smoothly.
There was a brief moment of shock at the Baden-Baden airport when the aircraft’s charger suddenly tested «positive» during the explosives check.
Fortunately, this was quickly resolved, after a forklift had brought the device to a special X-ray machine.
Finally, the Norderney Fire Department received the electric plane with the rare and special honor of a water arc over the track, then the happy team was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd.