Alpha Electro, the new 2-seat electric trainer: the greenest way of learning to fly!
Performance of the Alpha Electro 2-seat electric trainer is tailored to the needs of flight schools. Short take-off distance, powerful 1000+ fpm climb, and endurance of one hour plus reserve. The Alpha Electro is optimized for traffic-pattern operations, where 13% of energy is recuperated on every approach, increasing endurance and at the same time enabling short-field landings.
Alpha Electro双座电动教练机的性能完全符合飞行学院的各项要求。不仅起飞距离短，爬升能力强（1000+ fpm），还拥有额外1小时的续航时间。Alpha Electro在本场训练模式下对飞行操作进行了优化，每一次进近将回收13%的能量，进而延长航时并缩短距着陆。
Ivo Boscarol, General Manager of Pipistrel says: “With the ever growing cost of fuel it is time to rethink pilot training. Our solution is the first practical all-electric trainer! Technologies developed specially for this aircraft cut the cost of ab-initio pilot training by as much as 70%, making flying more affordable than ever before. Being able to conduct training on smaller airfields closer to towns with zero C02 emissions and minimum noise is also a game changer! Alpha Electro meets microlight and ASTM LSA criteria, as well as standards for electric propulsion.
Pipistrel总经理Ivo Boscarol曾经说到：“随着燃油成本的不断增长，是时候重新考虑飞行员的培训方式了。我们的第一解决方案便是使用全电动教练机！而这款飞机的开发能够将飞行员培训的成本降低足足70%，这能使从前昂贵的飞行训练变得人人都能支付的起。对于那些靠近村镇开展飞行训练的小型机场，可以有效降低噪音并且实现二氧化碳零排放！Alpha Electro满足轻型类和轻型运动类飞机设计要求，以及电力推进标准。
Alpha Electro is our 5th electric aircraft project and the second to result as a commercial product.”
The serially produced “Alpha Electro” aircraft shares an airframe which has been proven as excellent by hundreds of Pipistrel’s aircraft flying worldwide. The electric powertrain is operated with one simple lever, enabling the crew to focus on learning piloting skills! With the smart charger, using the ALPHA Electro is as simple as charging a mobile phone. Even if you only fly for fun and not to train future generations of pilots, the almost silent cockpit, the immediate response of the powertrain and the lack of exhaust emissions will make you feel the pioneering spirit of electric flight.
Alpha Electro系列机身的优良性能已被全球数百架Pipistrel飞机所证明。飞机的电动力传动系统简单易学，使学员能够集中精力学习驾驶技能！智能充电器的应用，让Alpha Electro充电就像给手机充电一样简单。即便您不想成为一名商业飞行员你也可以只是为了兴趣而飞行，在安静无声的驾驶舱里，使用即时反应的动力传动系统操纵一架几乎零排放的飞机，给你带来一种开拓精神的电子飞行体验。
Alpha Electro has been developed, in part, through WATTsUP project. WATTsUP project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 683959.
History and development of the product:
The prototype “WATTsUP” was developed in partnership with Siemens AG, who provided the electric main propulsion components, and represents the next generation of Pipistrel’s electric aircraft. Every element of aircraft was refined to be lighter, more efficient and more reliable. The first 85 kW electric motor only weighed 14kg and was more powerful than the popular Rotax 912 series, typically used on microlights and LSAs. The 17 kWh battery pack was dual-redundant and designed to be either quickly replaceable within minutes or charged in less than one hour, thanks to the next generation of Pipistrel’s Battery Management technology.
Alpha Electro的原型“WaTuSUP”是与Siemens AG合作开发而成的，该公司提供了主要的电力推进部件，Alpha Electro标志着新一代Pipistrel电动飞行器的诞生。飞机的每一个零件都被精炼得更轻、更有效、更可靠。第一款85千瓦的电动机虽然只重14KG，但却比时下流行运用在轻型类和轻型运动类飞机的Rotax 912系列更高效。同时也感谢新一代Pipistrel电池管理技术这使得17千瓦时的双冗余电池组，可以在一小内充满或在几分钟内快速更换。
Frank Anton, Executive Vice President Traction Drives and the initiator of electric aircraft development at Large Drives, Siemens AG, said: “Siemens is developing electric drive systems with highest power-to-weight ratio for aircraft propulsion. Only with innovation we can solve the problems of rising fuel costs, rising passenger demand and rising environmental regulations. Innovations used in the WATTsUP will be instrumental in making aviation more sustainable in the long run. As electric drives are scalable, we can expect, that in the future also larger aircraft will use electric propulsion. The world is becoming electric, whether in the air, on land or at sea.”
西门子公司的执行副总裁，牵引驱动和电动飞机开发的发起者 Frank Anton介绍到：“西门子正在开发具有高推重比的电力驱动系统。只有通过创新，我们才能解决不断上升的燃油成本和乘客需求， 以及严格的环境法规难题。从长远来看，WATUSSP中使用的创新技术将有助于航空业的可持续发展。由于电力驱动器是可扩展的，我们很期待未来会有更大型的飞机使用电力推进。因为无论是在空中，陆地还是海洋，世界正在变得越来越电子化。