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    Video: Yates' record-setting electric airplane gets new battery pack

    No, Chip Yates doesn't get range anxiety. The record-setting pilot and motorcycle rider made recent news by testing out a new, EnerDel-made battery pack in the battery-electric Long-ESA airplane he set a speed record with a year ago. Yates' 20-minute flight last week got him up to 5,500 feet and ...

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    Video: Chip Yates sets electric airplane speed record, lives to tell tale [w/video]

    Because he's quick like that. And lucky. Chip Yates has, in a few short months, converted a Burt Rutan-designed Long-EZ airplane to battery power and, at the same time, undergone all the flight training necessary to get his pilot's license. On Wednesday, he took his renamed Long-ESA (Electric ...

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    Chip Yates announces plan to trace historic Lindbergh transatlantic flight in electric aircraft

    Chip Yates retired his electric motorcycle last year after setting records at the Mohave Mile and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and notching several (slower than Lightning) FIM World Land Speed achievements on the Bonneville Salt Flats. If you thought he was done with his pursuit of ...

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    Video: Pipistrel wins $1.35 million in Google-sponsored 2011 Green Flight Challenge

    In the end, the competition for the $1.35 million top prize in the 2011 Green Flight Challenge came down to just two craft, the eGenius and the Pipistrel G4. After both managed to meet the goal of the contest – fly 200 miles at over 100 miles per hour using less than the equivalent energy ...

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    Solar-assisted Elektra One wins Electric Aircraft Vision Award [w/video]

    The Elektra One, a solar-enabled electric aircraft designed by PC-Aero and SolarWorld, has flown away with the Lindbergh Prize for Electric Aircraft Vision Award from Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed American aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh made the announcement at the World Electric ...

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    Google sponsors $1.65 million NASA Green Flight Challenge

    The CAFE Foundation has announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The CAFE Foundation (which here stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) will host the event from September 25 through October 2, 2011 ...

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    eGenius sets electric record with 211-mile, 100-plus mph flight

    A team from the University of Stuttgart has flown into aviation history by averaging over 100 miles per hour for more than two hours, completing a 211-mile trip powered solely by electricity. The eGenius, essentially a glider with a 60-kilowatt (80.5-horsepower) electric motor, was piloted by ...

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    Tiny electric airplane shatters record by hitting 175 mph [w/video]

    It's not even close to supersonic, but with sustained flight at a speed of 175 miles per hour, French pilot Hugues Duval's electric airplane flew into the record books. Weighing in at a scant 200 pounds and boasting a wingspan of only 16 feet, the electric aircraft is claimed to be the world's ...

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    Pipistrel Taurus Electro G2 takes to the skies, goes on sale [w/video]

    Pipistrel Taurus Electro G2– Click above to watch the video after the break
    The Taurus Electro G2, from well-known light aircraft and glider manufacturer Pipistrel, is now available for sale. Built on a glider airframe, this sweet two-person side-by-side electric aircraft is said to ...

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    Electric-powered Waiex aircraft makes maiden flight

    E-Flight Electric Waiex – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Echoing the Wright Brother's first moments aloft – when flight distance was more aptly measured by yards than miles – the E-Flight Initiative proof-of-concept Waiex aircraft recently made its maiden flight. The ...

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    First Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prizes recognizes Yuneec, Sonex and Antares [w/video]

    Yuneec E430, Sonex Waiex, Antares 20E – Click above to watch video after the jump
    When Charles Lindbergh made the first flight from New York to Paris in 1927, he was awarded the $25,000 Orteig prize that had eluded (and led to the deaths of) many others. Over eight decades later, his ...

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    Cessna developing electric-powered 172 Skyhawk

    Cessna has built over 43,000 of its 172 Skyhawks since introducing the airplane back in 1955 and, until now, all have burned aviation fuel (Avgas) to fly the friendly skies. That is set to change as the ol' air-dog will learn a new trick this year with its manufacturer announcing that it is ...

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    Solar-powered airplane flies all day and night, sets records [w/video]

    Solar Impulse HB-SIA – Click above to watch video after the jump
    One of the knocks you hear against solar energy is that the sun doesn't always shine. While true, that seemingly inconvenient fact didn't stop the Swiss team behind the Solar Impulse HB-SIA from attempting to fly their ...

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    Are hybrid and electric airplanes ready for commercial debut?

    We don't claim to be experts on airplanes, nor is the physics of flight one of our strong suits, but we do know a thing or two about hybrid and electric-powered stuff. Therefore, we'll focus more on the commercial feasibility and public reception of hybrid and electric airplanes, rather than on ...

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    Electric airplane to debut at Oshkosh [w/VIDEO]

    Yuneec E430 electric airplane - Click above for high-res image gallery
    It isn't the first electric airplane we've seen, nor is it the fastest. It's not even the first one to be shown at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. What makes the Yuneec E430 unique is that it may be the first fully-enclosed ...

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    New electric airplane sets world record for speed [w/VIDEO]

    During a flight that only lasted about eight minutes, the SkySpark managed to set a world record for the fastest speed attained by an electric airplane. The craft, piloted by astronaut (STS-75) Maurizo Cheli, achieved an airspeed of 155 mph (250 km/h) last week at the World Air Games in Turin, ...

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    It's no flying Tesla, but Elon Musk wants electric planes

    First things first: electric airplanes are nothing new. The French eplane "Electra" flew in 2007 and the "ElectraFlyer C" wowed the crowds at Oshkosh in 2008. But, these one-offs are not for sale and they're certainly not cheap to put together. Enter Elon Musk. The man at the head of Tesla Motors ...

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    Electric Aircraft Symposium will take-off April 24

    If you have a strong interest in electric vehicles taking flight (in both the metaphoric and non-metaphoric senses) than you may want to attend the upcoming Electric Aircraft Symposium on April 24th at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California. The impressive line up of speakers features ...

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    Electric plane flies at Oshkosh airshow

    The ElectraFlyer C took to the skies at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Sunday, demonstrating to the crowds below the possibilities of environmentally friendlier electric-powered flight. The folks on the ground were also witness to a huge reduction in noise pollution as the converted Moni motor ...


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