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Pipistrel delivers its 100th Velis Electro trainer

Slovenian planemaker Pipistrel and a subsidiary of US company Textron Inc. has announced the delivery of its 100th Velis Electro, the world’s first type-certified electric aircraft, marking a significant milestone in the company’s history.

The occasion comes after the total number of general aviation new aircraft deliveries exceeds 4000 units in 2023. 

Velis Electro serial number 100 has been delivered to customer Green Aerolease, a French sustainable aircraft rental business with ambitions to accelerate the environmental transition of the aviation industry across Europe through its turnkey rental service.

“The Velis Electro leads the journey towards more sustainable flight solutions, and the entry into service of S/N 100 is a notable achievement,” said Gabriel Massey, president and managing director of Pipistrel. “Powered by over 15 years of expertise in electric flight, this aircraft brings a more environmentally friendly option to flight schools with unbeatable cost-efficiency.”

Green Aerolease has also taken delivery of its first Pipistrel Explorer, a versatile two-seat combustion engine aircraft capable of both day and night visual flight rules (VFR) operations.

“The unrivalled efficiency and connectivity that aviation offers can be realised more quietly and sustainably thanks to aircraft such as the Velis Electro,” said Charles Cabillic, Founder of Green Aerolease. “We’re proud to support Pipistrel as it enables the transition to the future of flight.”

While Velis Electro S/N 100 has been sold to a French company, it will actually be operated in Germany by Green Aviation Hub, a recently appointed German dealer for Pipistrel’s authorised distributor Finesse Max. The Velis Electro was certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2020 followed by numerous other regulatory agencies, including the UK CAA and US FAA.

The aircraft is currently in service in 30 countries worldwide. 

Image accredited to Pipistrel 

Author: FTN Editor

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