Yates Captivates Audience at Cal UAS Day at Inyokern

Glowing political endorsements, breathtaking aerial displays and a miniature technology expo helped usher in the communitywide embrace of Cal UAS Portal last weekend when Inyokern Airport hosted an open house showcasing the strides the local effort has made as a candidate to host the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.” Rebecca Neipp, Staff Writer for the News Review, Ridgecrest, CA.


The November 16 and 17 event attracted a crowd of 6,000, and elected federal, state and local officials, to enjoy a day of thrilling aerial performances and to show support for Cal UAS Day. Pilot Chip Yates helped kick off the event with breathtaking fly-bys in his record-setting electric Long ESA. With 16 world records to his credit, Yates was surrounded by throngs eager to meet him and see the now-famous electric plane close up.

Commenting on the turnout and the enthusiasm, Yates said, “To me what that demonstrates is the personal investment the local population has in doing everything they can to bring business and innovation to the valley. Being a part of that kind of community-held sentiment makes me glad to be here. It also makes me want to keep going, because I don’t want to disappoint anyone.”


Click for event coverage by the Ridgecrest News Review.

Yates to Join Distinguished TED Speakers for Oct. 19 Bermuda Event

Chip Yates is the kind of person who wakes up in the morning thinking, ‘How can I make the world a better place—how can I make a difference?’ 


Chip Yates has just announced his acceptance of an invitation to appear at the annual TEDx Conference in Southampton, Bermuda on October 19, 2013 as a featured presenter.

He has been asked to speak on his rocket-fast journey to push electric transportation to the forefront, what it takes to be a pioneer in global improvement, and why failure is one of the critical elements to success and to reaching human potential.

As a passionate advocate of science and technology education for youth, Yates will also target his messages to young people around the world, as well as to an adult audience. He will also make multiple school appearances during his visit, igniting students of all ages with his passion and excitement.  (**Click for info on Yates’ STEM presentations to schools.)


Joining a Distinguished 29-Year Lineup

The annual TED x Bermuda Conference is part of the international TED presentation series (Technology, Entertainment, Design) founded inPhoto4 1984 in California to promote “ideas worth spreading,” the current slogan. The October 19 event will be held in the imposing Mid-Ocean Amphitheatre at the luxurious Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda Resort, a short flight from east coast gateways.

TED Presentations address a wide range of topics within the research of science and culture; past presenters include Nobel prize winners, distinguished innovators and other luminaries. Talks are livestreamed and some 1500 are available for free viewing online. By 2012 TED talks had been viewed one billion times.


“Breaking the Boundaries of Ordinary Thinking”

IMG_99461-150x150Yates was nominated for this worldwide speaking honor by the Conrad Foundation, who said, “Chip Yates is the kind of person who wakes up in the morning thinking, ‘How can I make the world a better place—how can I make a difference?’

“Chip is a 16-time world record holder, enthusiastic speaker, innovator, entrepreneur, engineer, professional biker and pilot committed to breaking the boundaries of ordinary thinking. He’s an electric vehicle pioneer who pushes the edge of green technology advancement...”


Watch for an update with photos from the Oct 19 presentation!


Two New World Records Electrify Crowd at CA Airshow!!!

guinness_world_records_logoOctober 5-6, 2013:  In a breathtaking ascent to 1640 ft in one minute four seconds, pilot Chip Yates and his now-famous Long-ESA set a new Guinness World Record for speed of climb to altitude in an electric airplane this past weekend at the California Capital Airshow, one of the largest in the nation.


Thousands of spectators at the former Mather Air Force Base outside Sacramento craned their necks on Saturday to watch history being madeTwo World Records and hear Yates’ voice from the cockpit as the all-electric plane climbed from a dead stop to the target 500M in 62.58 seconds, a full 17 seconds ahead of the existing fastest time of 1:20. “We’re at 1000 ft…1200 ft…1400 ft…1640 ft…we’ve done it in just over a minute…a new world record!”  

 Preparing for Speed Record                                                         On Sunday, the Long-ESA was back in action to set a second world record, this time for speed over a 1km course averaging two passes, one from each direction. Yates piloted the electric aircraft to 220.9 mph on the first pass and 212.9 mph on the second, resulting in a new world record of 216.9 mph. This brings the total electric vehicle world records achieved by Yates and his team to an unprecedented 16. 

**Click for latest coverage by Wired Magazine.


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“We’re extremely excited by all these world records and their implications for potential commercial and military applications of electric vehicle technology,” said Yates. “But to me one of the best parts of this weekend is that before the show we pledged $1,000 for each world record we hoped to set at the airshow, as a donation to the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital to buy toys for their ICU. So I’ll have the pleasure of presenting that $2,000 gift.”


The California Capital Airshow showcased two days of thrilling performances in the skies over Mather Airfield for some 150,000 visitors, including the Royal Canadian Air Force Jet Demonstration Team and a heartwarming 65th Anniversary Berlin Airlift Tribute, as well as acres of entertainment and displays on the ground.

EV Pioneer Announced as Conrad Foundation Spokesman; Oct 5-6 Airshow Appearance!

October 3, 2013:  The Conrad Foundation announced today that inventor, entrepreneur and electric vehicle world record-holder Chip Yates is the official spokesman for the ConradOn Stage Foundation’s “Spirit of Innovation” Challenge. The partnership is driven by Yates’ dedication to developing innovative global solutions and his commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for young people.

The Spirit of Innovation Challenge celebrates the life of astronaut Pete Conrad and challenges high school students to use science, technology andLogo collaboration to develop products and services to benefit humanity and address global sustainability. Photo above right: Yates addresses a worldwide Spirit of Innovation audience.


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“It was Pete’s personal drive and entrepreneurial spirit that propelled him to embrace innovation to achieve his goals, walk on the moon and leave a legacy we are so proud to honor,” said Nancy Conrad, founder and Chairman of the Conrad Foundation. “Pete would have admired Chip’s tireless pursuit of innovative design.”

As the official spokesperson for the Foundation, Yates will share with young people and educators around the world some lessons learned from pushing limits of technology forward, including what it takes to be a pioneer in global solutions and why overcoming failures is one of the critical elements to success and to reaching human potential.
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On October 5-6 Yates will be featured at the California Capital Airshow, one of the nation’s largest, with his Flight of the Century exhibit and record-breaking electric Long-ESA. He will attempt two Guinness world speed records in front of 150,000 spectators, and will also be part of the STEM LaunchPad Experience, which allows teens to see aerospace technology at work. 
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**Click for more information:  Read about Yates’ August 21 keynote address to students around the globe on the link betwween failure and innovation. 

**Click for full press release on the Conrad Foundation partnership.

Yates Sets 3 New World Records Sept 6, Bringing Official EV Total to 14!

Feature Photo by Mike Delaney

Friday morning, September 6, 2013. Once again, Chip Yates has pushed the frontiers of electric aviation, setting three new9-6-13 electric airplane international records in early morning flights over the Mojave Desert in California.

FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, or The World Air Sports Federation) will shortly release Yates’ newest achievements in his electric Long-ESA saga, with first-ever Official World Records for 1) time to climb 3,000 meters, 2) altitude, and 3) sustained horizontal altitude in an electric plane.

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“We’re thrilled with these new records…our time to climb beats nearly ALL gas planes,” said Yates. “The feeling of climbing 2000 feet/min from the deck all the way to 14,500′ was unreal. We clobbered our poor RV8 chase plane that has 180hp by a huge margin!” Yates looks forward to attempting two more world records for speed over 3km and 15km courses in the near future.  “I’m stongly encouraged by the speed we achieved – 9-6-13 Off the Nose218 MPH in level flight at 70% throttle!”

At 13,700 ft, Yates stole a moment to record the view from the nose (at left). “Simply breathtaking! I am so fortunate to pilot this amazing machine!”

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The successful Sept 6 flights bring Yates’ international records for electric vehicles to a stunning 14…ten for his electric motorcycle and four to date for the Long-ESA.  When asked if he plans to make a habit of setting world records, Yates said no.

“The world records are exciting,” he concedes. “But the point of all this – the reason I spend so much time and energy and money getting us to the next level – is to push our country’s electric vehicle technology and show what it’s capable of. We’re not far from bring able to develop massive commercial and military applications of this technology. That’s what fires my imagination.

“To me, the sky really is the limit…”

The FAI has released the provisional details of the 3 world records below, which once they ratify, become official.

FAI has received the following Class C (Aeroplanes) World record  claim:
Claim number : 16926
Sub-class :C-1b (Landplanes: take off weight 500 to 1000 kg)
Group :  2 : Electric
Type of record : Altitude
Course/location : Inyokern, CA (USA)
Performance : 4480m
Pilot : William M. Yates (USA)
Aircraft : Long-EZ
Date :06/09/13
Current record :  no record set yet
Claim number : 16927
Sub-class :C-1b (Landplanes: take off weight 500 to 1000 kg)
Group :  2 : Electric
Type of record : Altitude in horizontal flight
Course/location : Inyokern, CA (USA)
Performance : 4400m
Pilot : William M. Yates (USA)
Aircraft : Long-EZ
Date :06/09/13
Current record :  no record set yet
Claim number : 16928
Sub-class :C-1b (Landplanes: take off weight 500 to 1000 kg)
Group :  2 : Electric
Type of record : Time to climb to a height of 3 000 m
Course/location : Inyokern, CA (USA)
Performance : 6m 29s
Pilot : William M. Yates (USA)
Date :06/09/13
Current record :  no record set yet
The details shown above are provisional. When all the evidence required has been received and checked, the exact figures will be established and
the record ratified (if appropriate).

Record Officer
FAI – Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Maison du Sport International | Av. de Rhodanie 54 | 1007 Lausanne | Switzerland



Sept 3: Discovery Channel Kicks off Season with Chip Yates’ Story, Part 1

As the sun rises over the Mojave Desert, a brand new aircraft is revving up for an epic day…”

Thus begins the narrative for the lead story on Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet” Series, which kicked off its new season on Tuesday, September 3 with a feature on Chip Yates. 

Part 1 introduces “one man who has a dream that one day we may all be flying in electric planes” and follows Yates through his past world record-setting electric motorcycle saga to the present, as he takes his electric dream to the skies. Discovery Channel Cropped

The up close narration brings the viewer into the cockpit of Yates’ earliest experimental test flights…complete with the inevitable dangerous oil leaks, engine failures, and near-miss landings, as this young innovator pulls out all the stops to push the envelope of electric aviation.

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With one electric flight world record under his belt, Yates will be attempting five more world records from September 6-9 at Inyokern Airport, CA. (**Click for details).

As Yates brings his amazing home built Long-ESA into a pioneering position among electric aircraft, Discovery Channel plans to be there with Part 2 of the Chip Yates story. 

**Click to view the Discovery Channel story Part 1.

Long-ESA to Push for 5 New World Records Sept. 6-9 at Inyokern!

Following a perilous deadstick landing earlier in August during a new world record attempt, Chip Yates and his team diagnosed the cause of the power loss at 500 ft. and replaced the CAN moduleNew Controller_083013 on the engine bay side of the Long-ESA. And Yates just successfully flew the first test mission with the new module on Friday morning, August 30. (At right, a screenshot of the data from the test flight.)


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“Everything was perfect!” said Yates. “The max throttle I used was 66%, and I could climb at 2000 feet per minute easily. The plane is flying great and is an absolute rocketship!”

Yates has invited FAI / NAA Official Brian Utley back to the desert to officiate the follow-on attempts at 5 Official World Records on Sept 6-9 at Inyokern Airport, as follows:

 1)      Altitude

2)      Time to Climb (3000 meters)

3)      Speed over 3km course (4 passes)

4)      Speed over 15km course (2 passes)

5)      Sustained altitude in horizontal flight

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Trial2“The plan is to attempt four new world records on the first day and the fifth on the second day, to allow enough time for recharging, data acquisition, and re-runs of any faulty attempts,” explains Yates. “I’ll also try to improve on those records.”

“These  categories are new for electric airplanes and so there are currently no standing records in any of them – we need to be certain to finish each event cleanly and properly and will be able to claim the first records in history for these new FAI / NAA categories!”

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“Special thanks to EnerDel for providing ongoing support and a brand new power pack! And thanks to UQM Technologies for sending us a new drive to give the best possible chance to make history next week!”

Failure is Critical to Innovation, Yates Tells Students at Worldwide Event

A live stream broadcast allowed the Conrad Foundation to engage an audience from 86 locations in 10 countries and 15 states as they launched the Spirit of Innovation Challenge on August 21.

The centerpiece of the event was green tech innovator and world recorded holder Chip Yates, (shown above with a photo of the late Apollo 12On Stage astronaut and entrepreneur Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad) who spoke to the live and virtual audience of high school students and educators, profiling the challenges of his electric journey and demonstrating how he views setbacks not as failures but as opportunities for further innovation.

Anniversary Flight Partial CropFailure is critical to innovation, Yates told the students, who are preparing their own projects for the Foundation’s flagship program, the Spirit of Innovation Challenge. “It’s not as interesting for you to hear me say that that I built an electric airplane and flew it and landed it as it is to hear about what went wrong,” he said, showing images of technology failures, design errors, crashes, injuries and other problems that accompanied his world record-setting electric motorcycle and airplane triumphs.

“And just last week, I was attempting to set 5 new FAI world records in my electric Long-ESA, and ran into a whole week of data glitches, wind shears, and a catastrophic power loss at 500 feet.”  (**Click to view the full video.)  “Needless to say, there were no world records set that week!”  

It’s essential to take these setbacks in stride, Yates reminded the audience. “Failures are proof that you’re on the right track. If you’re moving forward and pushing the limits, you have to be able to deal with failure. We’re out at the leading edge with our innovation, and there are new opportunities tied to every failure.”

Chip’s Six Rules for “Innovation to Change the World”

  • Imagine a dream – BIG!
  • Define success
  • Build your team
  • Innovate and invent  
  • Execute, fail, adjust, overcome
  • Harvest, enjoy, and live life   

Click to view Yates’ presentation at the Spirit of Innovation Challenge August 21 launch event.                                       

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Yates has a deep and active commitment to motivating kids and teens in science, technology, engineering and math. His STEM presentations to

school groups demonstrate the real-world relevance of how taking these “hard” classes can result in very rewarding careers and accomplishments.  “I want to help kids realize they’re passionate about something,” says Yates. “We need young engineers and scientists on the forefront.”

**To request a visit to your school, email info@flightofthecentury.com.

Up Close and Personal on Motor Trend TV: Chip’s Full Electric Story

Motor Trend TV August 7, 2013      “On this episode of ‘On Two Wheels’, we visit Chip Yates, an engineer turned professional motorcycle racer, turned record-setting electric technology pioneer! Chip decided at the age of 36 to quit his job at Boeing and pursue a career as a professional AMA racer.

After turning pro, he had a big crash which ended his competitive career. Looking to the future, Chip was not discouraged, but rather, motivated to venture into new territory. He designed and built an all electric superbike that produced 258hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. He went on to race the bike and broke numerous World Records at Bonneville and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

With 10 World Records under his belt, he wasn’t done yet! He took the technology he developed in the electric superbike and built an electric airplane. In his second flight ever in the aircraft, he broke the world speed record for an electric aircraft and his record still stands today!” 

Click here to view the thrilling behind-the-scenes video story.

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Some posted comments:   Wow, that’s an amazing story….One of the best episodes I´ve seen so far on any youtube channel. Keep up the excellent work Motor Trend!!….The world needs more folks like this guy….This was an amazing episode! Someone give this guy some financial backing for gods sake!….This guy is a superhero! There’s nothing he can’t do….All I can say is wow! I’d check his DNA and make sure he isn’t Burt Rutans son….He looks like he is delivering pizzas!….That’s one amazing story! What a life!!….’and didn’t die’ – I love this guy!….Astonishing but no surprise. Chip Yates is pure Renaissance Man.

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Comments from Chip….   “This amazing just-released video, shot and edited by Brent Baer of Motor Trend TV, is a cool summary of how we got to where we are today, and sets up the excitement and question of where we will be tomorrow! I consider it to be a huge honor to be covered so generously by Motor Trend TV /Motorcyclist Magazine – very humbling and a great job by Brent and the team.

We have our heads down right now, planning to attempt another four official FAI airplane world records in the next two weeks, followed by attempting the world’s first mid-air recharge of an electric airplane as a demo for the U.S. Navy, and then flying for the California Capital Airshow Oct 5-6 in Sacramento, to set a Guinness World Record. Stay tuned!”




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