Innovation Superstar to Share Surprise Video at 8/21 Spirit of Innovation Challenge Kickoff

The Conrad Foundation has announced their annual “Spirit of Innovation Challenge” and the live stream launch event, featuring special guest speaker Chip Yates…world record holder, entrepreneur and inventor. In addition to sharing five motivational life lessons with the audience, Yates will also show the nail-biting video of his recent near miss, losing power at 500 ft during an

1st Anniversary Flight Uses Powerful New Battery

 After a year hiatus that included refining and testing his Long-ESA for planned groundbreaking flights this summer and fall, Chip Yates piloted his electric plane for a successful 20-minute flight at 5,500 feet to test his new battery pack from EnerDel…and all on the first anniversary of the plane’s July 19, 2012 record-breaking maiden flight

Long-ESA 2.0 Navigates Two TV Shoots

Only two days apart, Chip Yates piloted his electric Long-ESA for two lengthy photo shoots for upcoming TV specials. The site for both was Inyokern Airport, where the electric plane is berthed and tested. On July 20 Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet”  filmed Yates in a variety of activity including a high-speed fly-by  at 50% throttle,

Living the “Wired.com” Life!

For loyal and engaged journalism, it doesn’t get any better than wired.com, who has been following Chip Yates’ electric innovation saga from the days of his world record setting electric motorcycle adventures to the birth of his Long-ESA and the plan to fly it nonstop across the Atlantic. Wired covered  the July 19, 2012 world

Whirlwind Sacramento Visit Sets Stage for Fall Airshow Challenge

                                          On July 11, in preparation for his participation in the October 5-6 California Capital Airshow, Chip Yates flew to Sacramento for a fast-paced visit that included meeting with community and business leaders and with

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