Pipistrel - Type-Certified Electric

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  1. The-Flying-Lawyer

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    Up to a WHOLE 50 minutes of flight after charging twice that long! :rolleyes:

    On a serious note, if it had a better glide ratio it would make for a nice motor glider. Maybe drop one of the batteries and add 10 feet of wingspan.... Also doesn't look like the prop feathers. :(
     
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    I'm sure they're considering that. Pipistrel is into that kind of thing.
     
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    My hanger doesn’t have enough power to run a compressor much less charge an airplane
     
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    There is a company advertising in the most recent ?General Aviation News? a zero-to PPL-Glider rating for only $2995 using a Pipistrel motor glider because they can do up to 6 landings per hour vs 1-2 for conventional towed gliders. Basically a glider that can do quick turn around stop and goes. 15:1 advertised glide ratio in the ad, but they make the Virus which has a 17:1 and the Sinus which as an 18:1 glide ratio. And the hours count towards both glider and SEL aircraft hours (according to the school).
     
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    I got my motor glider endorsement in an pipistrel. It's very nice for that. But 15:1 isn't going to keep you up for long.
     
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    Is there anywhere in the US you can fly an electric plane (ie. Rent it along with hiring a pilot from the club to go up with you for a quick spin)?
     
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    It can’t carry two average sized adult US males. That’s going to be a huge issue in using it for flight training. Heavy instructors need not apply!
     
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    Average students need not apply
     
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    I learned to fly in a Beech Skipper, which had similar useful load constraints. If I remember right, the DPE simply asked if we’d done a weight and balance check. Which was done, with the right seat occupied at 175#. Never mind the fact that was probably 50 under his actual. Not the best situation for teaching hazardous attitudes.

    I’d kind of like to take one of these electric airplanes up for a ride, just to try it. But I’ll fly just about anything. Especially for food. But I sure hope there won’t have to be a bunch of budding pilots in command having to fudge their W&B calcs if they’re undergoing instruction in something that cannot reasonably carry two.
     
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    Why are these electric planes always ugly?
     
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    It took 15 or 20 years to go from the EV1 to the Tesla.
     
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