Pipistrel Velis Electro features as top prize at EAA Oshkosh auction


Textron eAviation is donating a Pipistrel Velis Electro to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) auction at The Gathering during AirVenture Oshkosh. 

The Velis Electro, the world’s first type certified electric powered aircraft, is set to take top billing at the auction, which will feature around 20 items. The auction will raise funds for causes including the EAA’s Young Eagles programme, which has offered free airplane rides to those aged 8-17 since 1992.

Rob Scholl, president and CEO, Textron eAviation, said: “We’re proud to support EAA and the Young Eagles programme, which has provided young people around the world with their first exposure to aviation for more than 30 years.” 

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world’s largest fly-in convention, with this year’s event welcoming more than 10,000 aircraft and 600,000 attendees. Pipistrel’s Velis Electro – which is type-certified by EASA and currently under an experimental licence in the US – will be on static display during EAA AirVenture at booth 393.

“We know that exciting new technologies and aircraft, like the Pipistrel Velis Electro, can attract the next generation to our industry and we are committed to playing our part. Through this collaboration, we also lend our support to the EAA’s efforts to lead the way in advocating on behalf of experimental and light sport aircraft, both in the US and globally,” added Scholl.

Prospective bidders will be able to bid live at the event or arrange proxy bidding with the EAA Aviation Foundation beforehand. The winner of the auction will be announced during The Gathering on Thursday, July 27.