Newsletter 108 – October 2018

Newsletter 108 October 2018

100 Hours under FAA supervision and “Thumbs Up”

Great News just in from Joseph Oldham today.

Hi Folks,

I wanted to let everyone know that at 9:11 am PDT this morning, I completed the first 100 hours of endurance flight testing on Pipistrel Alpha Electro N197AM, Serial # 878 AE 60.

The last flight was 1.2 hours long and the aircraft had 25% State of Charge reserve at shutdown.  I have personally logged over 125 hours across all four of our Alpha Electros’ and traveled over 2,000 nautical miles in the aircraft without any failures of the electric motor or battery system.

Joseph Oldham

Director CALSTART San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center

Completion of 100 hours simulated flight training under FAA supervision in the USA will be followed later this week by Australia’s Electro Aero who will also pass 100 hours of real flight training in Australia where electric aircraft are already approved and operating in the LSA category.  Well done to both CALSTART and Electro Aero !