Thursday the 4th of May I have pioneered as one of the first people to fly an electric plane in The Netherlands . This was an exceptional experience that I really enjoyed. And here I will explain how it was and how it is compared to flying a regular plane. Granted I do not have much flying experience.
The flight on the velis electro was at Teuge airport at E-flights academy at the Skydeck hangar. This is huge hangar with even privately owned fighter jets in it! We arrived a bit early at the hangar so we walked around a bit and looked around as both Johan and I had never been to Teuge airport. There is a lot especially technical and maintenance companies and a school but also a restaurant and a really cool old double decker plane. After looking around we went back to the Skydeck hangar and waited a bit for it to be time. A young man came in and he was the instructor. Despite his age he had trained lots of people in the alps with gave comfort. After a short briefing about planes we took the plane out and he showed everything from the wings to the charger and how to get in, all the basic stuff and explained how the plane functions with the avionics. As an electric plane doesn’t need to warm up and excelerates very quickly. We were in sky in a matter of seconds!
For the take off and in the air the instructor flew for a bit till we were stable and he quickly passed the control stick to me. This was the funnest part the of course as we started making turns and staying levelled and I was in complete control! Using sight instead of only reading the avionics had some getting used to. Luckily the Pipistrel veils electro has many spots you can look through as the side doors are see-through and the dashboard is relatively low so you can see very well. The steering of the plane went very easily and didn’t require much movement. The turns where easy to make and could make up 60 degree turns. Later on the instructor demonstrated a stall and the 60 degree turns.
All these factors made it that the flight was great and really enjoyable but also felt relatively simple. If you’re a plane enthusiast or you fly yourself I really recommend giving electric flight a try.
Not too long ago I flew in self built plane with a fuel engine. To start off these make a lot more noise and have to warm up. Furthermore the plane provided less vision granted this is of course because of the model. The flying was rather similar but the steering was less “sensitive” not a big deal but it was something that I realised. Furthermore both experiences where great and both I will never forget.