By Vincenzo Claudio Piscopo
The First Passenger Flight With an Electrical Plane in Iceland
Final week Icelandair, Iceland’s nationwide airline, made the primary flight in Iceland operated by an electrical plane.
Collaborating on this occasion as the primary passengers to fly on the 100% electrical plane have been the President and Prime Minister of Iceland. The plane used was a Pipistrel Velis Electro, license plate TF-KWH, from the Slovenian manufacturing firm Pipistrel. The Velis Electro was the primary two-seat, electric-powered plane ever licensed, absolutely authorized for pilot coaching in daytime VFR operations and whose dimensions are just like the plane that flight academies use for flight coaching.
The airplane can be used for flight coaching, however additionally it is anticipated that vacationer flights with this electrical airplane in Iceland may be bought and the expertise of touring in a zero-emission airplane may be skilled.
These are the primary steps on an necessary path towards extra environmentally pleasant aviation, and pilot coaching for these electrical plane is seen as step one in a broader transformation of the aviation business globally.
Icelandair has set formidable new targets to cut back carbon emissions, committing, according to your entire aviation business, to attain internet zero emissions by 2050, together with setting a medium-term goal to cut back the airline’s carbon emissions by 50 p.c per operational ton kilometer (OTK – measuring carbon emissions towards passengers and cargo carried) by 2030 in comparison with 2019 ranges.
Iceland is an ideal nation for the transition to electrical plane as a consequence of its quick home routes, location between Europe and North America, and entry to inexperienced electrical energy within the nation. Iceland generates one hundred pc of its electrical energy from renewable sources: 75 p.c from giant hydroelectric crops and 25 p.c from geothermal power.
The security commonplace for the sort of electrical plane is clearly the identical as for “conventional” ones. As acknowledged on the Pipistrel web site, one battery pack is positioned within the nostril of the plane and the second behind the cabin. This ensures redundancy of the ability supply: if a battery fails, the malfunctioning one is routinely disconnected from the system. A single battery is able to working autonomously and has enough energy capability to maintain the ascent and continuation of the flight.
The Rafmagnsflug ehf. firm, based in late 2021 by Matthías Sveinbjörnsson and Friðrik Palsson, who had beforehand labored on importing the sort of plane to Iceland, introduced the primary electrical airplane to Iceland with the objective of taking an initiative towards aviation power alternate, coaching personnel on this new expertise and making it recognized to the nation.
The occasion’s main sponsors come from aviation, airport operations, energy technology, and tourism, comparable to Icelandair, Isavia, Landsvirkjun, and Resort Rangá. Different sponsors embody Landsbankinn, Geirfugl ATO, the Reykjavik Flight Academy and the Iceland Aviation Academy, together with Matthías, Friðrik and Herjólfur Guðbjartsson.