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He was on board a Pipistrel Velis and a cleavage of Nice Côte d’Azur airport (Alpes-Maritimes) on the morning of September 14, 2021 for a flight of around 30 minutes. the Prince Albert II of Monaco thus became the first head of state to perform a 100% electric flight.
“It’s great to fly without emitting CO2. The development of electric aviation must continue so that the flights of tomorrow can integrate the use of electric motors, whether they are powered by battery or by fuel cell ”, he said once back down on the Nice tarmac. .
The 1st 100% electric flight with a Head of State on board took place this morning between Nice and Monaco with HSH Prince Albert II on board and Raphaël Domjan as pilot of the Pipistrel Velis. A major demonstration for sustainable light aviation. pic.twitter.com/DxtlSApvfV
– Nice Airport (@AeroportNice) September 14, 2021
His pilot was none other than Raphael Domjan, pilot of the SolarStratos solar plane and the man who made the first solar-powered round-the-world trip aboard the PlanetSolar catamaran.
More greenhouse gases by 2030
“The Airports of the Côte d’Azur have been pioneers in terms of carbon neutrality, assures us Franck Goldanel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Côte d’Azur Airports, the group is the first in France to have initiated its energy transformation and is today the most advanced in terms of carbon neutrality. ”
For him, “this device, which is no longer a prototype, has its place at airports such as Cannes or Saint-Tropez to be used by flying clubs for example. “
The Nice Côte d’Azur airport has set itself the objective of no longer emitting greenhouse gases by 2030. They ensure for the time being that they already have reduced these emissions by 83% in 20 years.
As a reminder, this airport is the second in France behind Paris. 4.58 million passengers passed in 2020 against 14.5 million in 2019, before the health crisis. Outside of Paris, it is the only one to offer up to six long-haul destinations by regular flights (Bahrain, Dubai, Doka, New-Yokr, Montreal and Beijing).
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