FAA gives airworthiness certification to Alpha Electro all-electric trainer plane

FAA gives airworthiness certification to Alpha Electro all-electric trainer plane

According to reports, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has given an airworthiness certification to the Alpha Electro all-electric trainer plane produced by Pipistrel, a Slovenia-based light aircraft manufacturer.

The Alpha Electro is a 2-seat electric trainer plane which perfectly suits the requirements of flight schools. Pipistrel had reportedly moved the Alpha Electro all-electric trainer plane to the serial production stage earlier this year, after the plane became popular with flight schools. The plane can stay in the air for one hour, with an additional reserve of 30 minutes; and its batteries are likely to be viable for approximately 1000 flying hours.

Upon receiving the airworthiness certification from the FAA after being duly inspected, the Alpha Electro has become the first all-electric trainer plane to get the certification in the US, following certifications in Canada and Australia.

As a result of the airworthiness certification from the FAA, the Alpha Electro all-electric trainer plane can be operated by flight schools in the US.

About the idea behind the production of Alpha Electro, Pipistrel said that it wanted to manufacture an airplane equipped with a small, lightweight battery pack which had adequate energy capacity to enable some applications. Revealing that Alpha Electro meets microlight and ASTM LSA criteria, and also the standards for electric propulsion, Pipistrel CEO Ivo Boscarol said: “Alpha Electro is our 5th electric aircraft project and the second to result as a commercial product.”

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