About 1,000 visitors turned up for this year’s COVID-affected Electrifly-In & Symposium at Grenchen, Switzerland last weekend.
It’s the biggest event in Europe for electric aviation with teams from electric and hybrid aircraft manufacturers as well as the speakers and participants of the symposium.
A total of 14 teams presented themselves with their electric aircraft, innovative projects and technical developments. The Pipistrel Velis E, certified by EASA, took part in the flight demonstrations as well as the Birdy by Toni Roth, the Archaeopteryx and, for the first time in Grenchen, the Sunseeker Duo.
Various other projects were also present including the smartflyer SFX1, a hybrid-electric powered cruise aircraft, the EVTOL Origin project and the eSling ETH focus project.
The highlight on Saturday was the handover of the eTrophy 2020. This competition, held for the second time, is for the longest electric non-stop flight to Grenchen.
Of the nine participants, the Lange Antares 20E with pilot Klaus Ohlmann was awarded the eTrophy with a distance of 357.6km, flown from the Aérodrome de Serres (LFTM) to Grenchen (LSZG).
Next year’s Electrifly-In is on 11-12 September.
Photos: Markus A. Jegerlehner