Encouraging electric flight
Schiphol is encouraging the development of electric flight and follows developments closely. Electric aircraft can help to significantly lower the carbon emissions of short-haul flights. Schiphol Group is participating in two pilots whose aim is to gain experience with electric planes. Commercial flights are a long way off, but progress is certainly being made in the area of electric flight.
Pipistrel Velis Electro
Rotterdam The Hague Airport is now home to the Pipistrel Velis Electro – a two-seater aircraft. The Pipistrel is the first electric aircraft registered in the Netherlands. The Pipistrel is being used to gather the necessary knowledge and experience to advance electric flight. Research is also being done into the impact of electric aircraft on the airport. Schiphol is conducting the research at Rotterdam The Hague Airport together with partners from a sustainable aviation organisation called ‘Duurzame luchtvaarttafel’ (innovation and hybrid electric aircraft project group) and Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport (RHIA) community.
Power Up: living lab for electric flight
How feasible is electric flight? What is required at the airport to make it possible? Can a network between European regions be created? Eindhoven Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Groningen Airport Eelde are going to find out. The airports have set up the Power Up living lab, supported by Royal Schiphol Group and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR). It is anticipated that the first electric passenger flights between Dutch airports will be possible within the next five years.
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