It’s official! The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) has ratified all five electric airplane world records set to date by American Test Pilot Chip Yates in his experimental, battery-powered Long-ESA aircraft.
The world sanctioning body’s approval comes on the heels of the announcement by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) of the five record-setting performances by Electric Vehicle Pioneer Chip Yates, as he continues to advance electric vehicle technology.
Yates’ first record came in July 2012 when he became the first person in history to break 200 mph in an electric airplane (after receiving his pilot’s license the week before). In 2013 he raised the top speed to 220.9 while setting a Guiness World Record in front of a crowd of 100,000 at the California Capital Airshow in Sacramento.
Current records now include:
- Altitude (14,701 ft.)
- Speed over a 3 km course (201 mph – 4 pass avg speed))
- Time to climb to a height of 3,000 m (5 min 32 sec) – selected by the NAA as the “Most Memorable Aviation Record of 2013”
- Altitude in horizontal flight (14,564 ft)
- Speed over a 15 km course (140 mph (2 pass avg speed)
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Chip Yates is well-known as builder and rider of the world’s fastest motorcycle, and builder and pilot of the world’s fastest electric airplane. He has amassed 18 world records and is currently developing a long-range transatlantic plane that will be recharged mid-air by battery-filled drones. In 2012 Yates was named a “Pioneer of Aviation” by the State of California.
***Visit Chip’s new website www.rockstarofscience.com to learn more about his education and outreach, his STEM speaking tours to schools, and other lecture opportunities.