Aircraft Review

August 2015 Issue

Pipistrel’s Alpha Electro: Electric Flight Realized

But with just an hour of endurance, the Electro is being pitched for one purpose: teaching landings. Broader application awaits more energetic batteries.

The age of the electric airplane has been much written about but far less demonstrated and delivered. So when Pipistrel Aircraft, the innovative Slovenian company, announced last April at Aero that it was ready to deliver a functional electric trainer, it drew crowds of the curious. But is the technology really ready for broad market distribution or does it remain a curiosity waiting for more mature technology?

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