Chip Yates Adds Two More Electric Flight Records

OCT 31 2013 BY MARK KANE 5

Long-ESA Electric Plane

Long-ESA Electric Plane

Chip Yates in Long-ESA Electric Plane

Chip Yates in Long-ESA Electric Plane

After adding three electric airplane records in September, Chip Yates expanded his portfolio by two more for a total number of 6 records for EV flight.

The latest records, which are Guinness World Records, were set earlier this month at the California Capital Airshow.

Long-ESA was able to climb to an altitude of 500 meters (1,640 feet) in just 62.58 seconds, which is far better then previous 80-second record.

“Thousands of spectators at the former Mather Air Force Base outside Sacramento craned their necks on Saturday to watch history being made and hear Yates’ voice from the cockpit as the all-electric plane climbed from a dead stop to the target 500M in 62.58 seconds, a full 17 seconds ahead of the existing fastest time of 1:20. “We’re at 1000 ft…1200 ft…1400 ft…1640 ft…we’ve done it in just over a minute…a new world record!”

On the second day, Chip Yates set a world record for electric plane speed over one kilometer (0.62 miles). Long-ESA did 220.9 mph and 212.9 mph in two opposite-direction passes, which gave an average speed of 216.9 mph. Nobody ever flew so fast in electric plane.

“Sunday, the Long-ESA was back in action to set a second world record, this time for speed over a 1km course averaging two passes, one from each direction. Yates piloted the electric aircraft to 220.9 mph on the first pass and 212.9 mph on the second, resulting in a new world record of 216.9 mph. This brings the total electric vehicle world records achieved by Yates and his team to an unprecedented 16.”

Yates still plans on attempting two more world records for speed over a course of 3 km and 15 km.

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Does it not have a front landing gear?

If I recall correctly, the front gear retracts, so the plane doesn’t get blown around on the ground.

Light + aero = efficient

Any Yates superchargers?

The airframe is that of a Long-EZ. A Burt Rutan design. This airframe has been used for a wide variety of aeronautics research and holds a host of records. NASA built at least two.

Total front plate drag is the equivalent of an 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet of paper. There is more drag in the windscreen alone of a Cessna 150. The nose gear does retract as this is the airframe’s resting/parked position.

It is usually a two-seater but the photos show the passenger seat being full of batteries. I do not know if they are using the fuel tank space (in the wing strakes).

I buddy of mine, who has passed on now, was a superb aeronautics engineer. For much of his career, he held the title of manager for ‘Orbiter airframe design’ (think space shuttle). He had the knowledge and funds to buy or build just about any light aircraft that he desired. He built a Long-EZ.


220 mph!!!

Is this a joke or has no one tried this seriously up to now. Even an old spitfire can go faster then that, so it is absolutly non sense that a high tech electric can’t go at least 400 mph.