As if breaking the speed record for an electric plane wasn’t exciting enough, Chip Yates got quite a scare when the Long-EZ almost didn’t make it back to the runway for the celebration.
Yates earned his private pilot’s license in just two months, the same two months that he and fabrication guru Chris Parker (CPR Fabrication) designed and built the world’s most powerful electric airplane. Yates had just 58 flight hours logged at the time of the record breaking 202.6 MPH flight, and was confronted with a complete loss of power following the run, and his first deadstick landing, barely making it to the runway! There is motor noise from the prop windmilling but no forward drive, which necessitated a forced landing!
That’s one bug that will definitely have to be worked out before the public jumps on this idea.
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