What’s it like flying the Pipistrel Velis EV plane?

I’m going for a spin in a Slovenian EV airplane. 

Bats and Pipistrel

Ivo Boscarol, the founding father of “Pipistrel,” has been actively concerned in various aviation since 1975, when Slovenia was nonetheless part of the previous Yugoslavia. At the moment, various and microlight flying was unlawful – the truth is, it didn’t exist in any respect. The airfield Ivo was utilizing belonged to the army, so the primary various pilots, in the event that they needed to fly, needed to do it in secret. They needed to wait till the pilots, who flew standard plane, completed flying for the day, locked the hangar and went house, after which tried to sneak in for an hour of flying earlier than the darkness fell. As a result of they had been flying so late within the night, utilizing lights in entrance of their various plane and since the powered hang-gliders had triangular-shaped wings, locals began to name them “bats”.

The Latin phrase for “bats” is “Pipistrellus”, – and the remainder is historical past.

The place is Pipistrel?

Again in July, I obtained contacted by Pesakrompir, and so they requested me if I needed to check the electrical mannequin of Pipistrel known as “Velis Electro”, so we drove by Slovenia all the best way to Italy, the place the Pipistrel manufacturing unit is, in stunning Gorizia. The very first thing you’ll discover is an outdated hangar which was constructed in the course of the first world battle, survived the second world battle and there it’s standing nonetheless, surviving Covid, inflation and all of the drama we’re going by. The opposite factor that caught my eye exterior of the manufacturing unit was a big propeller that was being examined after they advised me it was a non-public challenge and what they had been testing it for, my jaw dropped, and if I advised you, I might most likely lose my privilege of visiting such modern services so let me simply offer you a touch “flying isn’t for aeroplanes solely”.

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I cannot write concerning the technical components right here, these you possibly can learn on-line, however I’ll inform you about my expertise. First, the plane devices are the identical as another plane, and so they’re positioned very properly; every thing felt helpful and easy, the rudder pedals had been retracted to suit my top, Garmin display is fitted completely above the battery indicator to observe each batteries one within the entrance and the opposite behind the seats.

Vary anxiousness? I didn’t really feel it.

See, on the similar time, we examined Velis Electro; we had been driving Cupra Born, which is an electrical automobile that was driving easily till you hit the freeway, then you definately see the vary dropping prefer it’s scorching. I felt the vary anxiousness there, however in Velis Electro, although the Pipistrel pilot did all types of manoeuvres, the vary steadily diminished. It’s additionally much less noisy than non-electric plane.

The wonderful thing about the plane is that you just land with the identical weight you are taking off with until you’ve squatted in the course of the flight, which you’ll’t carry out until you’re as petite as me!

How lengthy are you able to fly it?

Round 1 hour. We flew for 35 minutes, and the battery vary was at 50%.

What’s so particular about Velis Electro?

It’s the greenest solution to fly, and it’s the primary ever Sort Licensed electrical powered plane totally authorized for pilot coaching in Day VFR operations, and it’s utilizing in-house applied sciences constructed by the bats 😉.