PIP Takes to the Skies

With immeasurable excitement, we are proud to announce that our Pipistrel Velis Electro airplane is now flying! Campbell River is quickly growing into a Canadian forefront of zero emissions aviation.

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Sealand Aviation – Canada’s First AMO Certified to Maintain Electric Airplanes

Our latest accomplishment in electric airplane implementation involves the inherent and ongoing process of maintaining aircraft. With the significant differences of electric aircraft, our regulators determined that our sister company and Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO), Sealand Aviation, requires specific certification to maintain this commercial level electric aircraft. The necessary training of our maintenance engineers and the certification of the organization are now both complete.

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Hosting a Pipistrel Maintenance Course

A week of learning, collaborating, and progressing— for five days, our flight school played host to a Pipistrel Factory Maintenance Course, aiming to educate those maintaining and approving the Velis Electro in Canada. Participant’s included instructors from Pipistrel, representatives from Transport Canada, Sealand Aviation maintenance engineers, Apex Aircraft, Elibird Aero, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, and Brantford Flight Centre. Sealand is immensely grateful for all attendees and their contributions. Long distances were traveled and much effort was spent to make the week so successful.

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YBL Hangar Charging Infrastructure

The electricity is flowing! Less than two weeks after the Velis Electro’s arrival, our home base charging setup is complete and operational. FPIP can charge and power on. Once the permission to fly is granted, we’ll be ready to get electric flight underway.

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FPIP Arrives in Campbell River

After much anticipation, our all-electric Pipistrel Velis Electro arrived in Campbell River. Aiming to lay the groundwork of sustainable aviation in Canada, the airplane embarked on a three-month-long journey, from production in Slovenia to its new home here on Vancouver Island.

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