Breaking News

Airplane news, FIT Electric trainer, Drones hit airplanes, Dufour Aero3 eVTOL, Cellphone fire

This week in airplane news, Flordia Tech purchased a Pipistrel Velis Electro to use for flight training, two drone and airplane collisions this week, the Dufour aero eVTOL, and an Alaska Airlines flight that evacuated due to a cellphone fire.

0:00 Introduction
00:45 Florida Tech purchases Electric Trainer
02:39 Drones & planes don’t mix
04:46 Dufour Aero eVTOL
05:50 Alaska airlines evacuates due to cellphone fire

Florida Tech purchased a Pipistrel Velis Electro to conduct research and help their students experience cutting-edge technology.
The aircraft is still experimental at the moment (not FAA-certified) but was the first fully electric aircraft to be type certificated by Europe’s EASA in June 2020.
The two-seater aircraft is designed as a primary trainer and powered by a liquid-cooled E-811 electric motor.
It can cruise at 90 knots, has as a payload of 378 lbs, and up to 50 min + VFR reserve of endurance.

A C172 in Canada has experienced substantial damage after it collided with a police drone on approach to land.
There were no injuries and the aircraft landed normally.
The drone hit the C172’s nose and propeller and will result in a complete engine overhaul for the Cessna.
NAV Canada, the country’s air navigation service provider (We assume similar to LAANC) had NOT been notified about the flight.

The second airplane and drone collision this week has occurred in Michigan involving an Embraer E175.
Envoy Air flight 3961 (AA3961) was operating Chicago to Detroit when it struck an unmanned aircraft at ~2500’.
ATC recordings show they were aware of a possible drone in the area. When the controlled asked the pilot if they saw the drone the pilot replied that they’d just hit it.
No injuries and minimal damage to the plane.

Dufour has released more information about its upcoming eVTOL: the Aero3.
The Aero3 is a piloted eVTOL capable of seating 8 people with a cruise speed of 215 mph and a range of 630 miles, with a useful load of up to 1650 lbs.
Dufour also is developing a smaller model called the Aero2 for logistics, monitoring, mapping and public safety.

A cell phone in the cargo hold of Alaska Airlines flight 751 caused a fire Monday evening (737-900).
The aircraft was luckily on the ground and was waiting for a gate at Seattle-Tacoma airport after arriving from New Orleans.
The fire was extinguished and there were only minor injuries.
All 128 passengers and six crew evacuated the aircraft, which was then towed to a gate.