American Team First to Set Five Official World Records with Highest Performing Electric Airplane in History

American Team First to Set Five Official World Records with Highest Performing Electric Airplane in History

Yates Aerospace Corporation today announced the Fédération Aéronautique InternationaleAmerican Team First to Set Five Official World Records with Highest Performing Electric Airplane in History (FAI) has ratified all five electric airplane world records set by American Test Pilot Chip Yates in the experimental, battery-powered Long-ESA[1] aircraft built by aerospace engineers at Yates Electrospace Corporation.

The approval by the FAI[2] comes on the heels of ratification of the same five record-setting performances as official U.S. National records by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

In addition to being the first world records ever to be set in the FAI’s newly created electric category, the performances are significant because they equal or exceed the capabilities of most single-engine gasoline powered airplanes available from the world’s top manufacturers. Yates Electrospace Corporation is interested in partnering with aerospace companies to use this technology to advance the civilian and military electric airplane industry in manned and unmanned applications.

“With these records, we are continuing to show the world that electric vehicles don’t have to be slow and boring.” said founder and test pilot Chip Yates, who also holds ten world records with the World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle. “No one imagined just a few years ago that a plane powered by nothing but batteries could go 220 miles per hour and out climb Cessnas and Pipers and those kind of long-standing gasoline airplanes!”

At a ready-to-fly weight of 1,540 pounds including Pilot Chip Yates, the Long-ESA records fall into the FAI’s “C-1b Group VI” class: Electric Land Airplanes weighing 1,102-2,205 pounds.

FAI Electric Airplane World Records, NAA Electric Airplane National Records:
The most surprising world record is the “Time to Climb to a Height of 3,000 Meters” result of 5 minutes and 32 seconds, which was selected by the NAA as the “Most Memorable Aviation Record of 2013.” From a dead stop on the runway to the acceleration, take-off and climb to 9,843 feet above ground level (3,000 meters), the electric airplane made use of its 258 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque to produce a sustained climb rate of 2,000 feet-per-minute, which beats the published specifications of any gasoline piston single airplane currently for sale.

Yates Electrospace chose a UQM Technologies (NYSE: UQM) high-performance electric motor, which does not require oxygen and, in conjunction with an EnerDel advanced lithium-ion battery pack, has demonstrated constant power at 93% thermal efficiency from the ground all the way to 15,000 feet in flight testing to date. The aircraft is capable of regenerating electrical power during descents with an on-board kinetic energy recovery system (“KERS”).

Other groups are developing electric airplanes but none with the top speed and climb performance of the Long-ESA. Nearly two years after the Long-ESA’s maiden flight (July 18, 2012), on March 11, 2014 the Airbus Group conducted the first public test flight demonstration of their “E-Fan” electric airplane in Bordeaux, France. At nearly the same weight but with a third of the power and less battery capacity, the E-Fan delivers performance as per below:
The low heat and radar signature demonstrated during the world record attempts captured the attention of the U.S. Navy who signed a joint research and development contract (NCRADA-NAWCWDCL-13-246) with Yates Electrospace Corporation to advance the company’s hybrid-electric stealth UAV design known as Silent Arrow™.

Yates Electrospace Corporation is also developing a capability to allow mid-air recharging of electric airplanes while in flight and has filed several patents in this research area leading up to a planned flight demonstration of a mid-air recharge in late 2014 or early 2015.

[1] “ESA” = Electric Speed and Altitude
[2] FAI is the world sanctioning body for all official aircraft records

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

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