Electric Airplanes and the Decarbonization of Flight


Pipistrel ALPHA Electro on display at EAA AirVenture

While the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture, featured numerous electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) prototypes and concepts in their Aviation Gateway Park, on the main Celebration Way concourse, electrified flight was on display. The AirVenture is one of the largest fly-in aviation events in the world, held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, every July.

Along with photographer John Ivanko, I’ve been covering the steady electrification of mobility, first at the Consumer Electronic Show where Bell revealed its Nexus eVTOL “air taxi” and Harley Davidson launched their first electric motorcycle, and now at the EAA AirVenture, with new electric aircraft.

Slovenia-based Pipistrel is leading the way in electrified flight. Their booth near the main EAA AirVenture admission gates was well before the luxury private jet displays or Boeing Plaza where some of the most expensive, powerful and fast aircraft were being shown off.

 Pipistrel ALPHA Electro Flying

Pipistrel produces two electrically-powered production aircraft, the ALPHA Electro, designed as a light sport aircraft, and the Taurus Electro G2, the first electric 2-seat self-launch glider. They’re also busy at work on their Pipistrel 801, an eVTOL aircraft. A leader in innovative aircraft design and manufacturing, Pipistrel has over a dozen airframes in production and has received numerous awards for flight efficiency, including the NASA CAFE Challenge which Pipistrel won three times in a row.

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