ABOVE: The Pipistrel Velis Electro has a maximum flight time of 50 minutes

The Air League has announced the UK’s first electric flying scholarship programme, which will see up to five scholarships worth five hours each undertaken on the Pipistrel Velis Electro.

The Slovenian-built two-seat light aircraft is the world’s first type-certified electric powered aircraft, approved for VFR pilot training in more than 30 countries worldwide. Powered by Pipistrel’s electric E-811 engine and in-house-developed dual battery system, the Velis Electro produces zero emissions during operation and is intended primarily for pilot training.

Up to five awards worth up to five hours each will be awarded to students from across the UK. The scholarships will take place with SaxonAir at Norwich Airport, which has offered experiences with NEBOair’s training aircraft since November 2023. Additional simulator time, ground school, and sustainability sessions will also be included in the scholarship.

This year’s new category of scholarships follow last year’s JetZero Network reception and panel discussion, with The Air League noting it is ‘proud to be leading the way for the future of sustainable aviation’.

Candidates must have a ‘strong interest in sustainable aviation and should wish to pursue the topic further into their career’. Applications will close on 7 April, and successful candidates will complete their courses over the summer.