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Posted August 27 , 2021

 

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - The Velis Electro is Florida Tech’s new electric plane. It is the first university to fly and operate an electric aircraft in the U.S.

The tiny two-seater is waiting for U.S. certification, so Florida Tech is flying it experimentally to help the Federal Aviation Administration learn more about the plane by providing data from the first 50 flight hours and reaching new heights for aviation students.

"We teach students how to test new airplanes, and having a brand new airplane with this new technology is exactly what we want our students to see… After we fly the first five hours and get comfortable with it, we will start to then let students fly along so they are able to fly along, collect data, do research and then write a thesis based on this airplane," said Florida Institute of Technology Associate Professor Brain Kish.


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