This tiny electric plane is actually a BIG deal for aviation

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This tiny electric plane is actually a BIG deal for aviation

This tiny electric plane is actually a BIG deal for aviation

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A light aircraft company, that you’ve probably never heard or, has just been given special certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) for one of its electric winged vehicles.

Earlier this month, Slovenian small plane maker Pipistrel received the world’s first “Type Certificate” for its two-seater electric plane, the Velis Electro, Wings magazine reports.

So what does that actually mean?

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EASA Type Certificates are, in very simple terms, awarded after an aircraft has successfully satisfied industry engineering and safety criteria for a specific type of aircraft — which no electric plane of this type has achieved before.

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