PHOTO CAPTION: Yates makes emergency landing in his Experimental class Long Ez after battery warning lights came on.

Chip Yates Going for New E-Plane Speed Record of 230 MPH

Yates aims to best his 202 mph record set last year and is aiming for 230 mph, this time with 500 lbs battery pack that is more than twice as large as 200-lbs unit in earlier attempt.

Published: 14-Jul-2013

From a small passenger airplane that took off from Mather Airport on Thursday morning, a world record-breaking pilot surveyed the terrain, making plans to once again break the speed record for an electric airplane.

But this time, instead of zipping over the Mojave Desert, Chip Yates will attempt to break the record in view of an audience at the California Capital Airshow in October.

Yates, founder and CEO of Flight of the Century Inc., will truck his electric airplane to Mather Airport for the show, where he will attempt to fly it faster than 202 mph - his previous record speed. This time, he's aiming for 230 mph.


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