Media film prep for record-breaking flight

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Media film prep for record-breaking flightOn the one-year milestone of Chip Yates’ record-breaking fight over Inyokern Airport, national and international media outlets have been documenting his achievement as he prepares to have his accomplishment certified by the Federation Aeronatique Internationale.

Yates took up residence in IYK’s Hangar 3 last year to develop his battery technology, which fueled his world records for speed on an electric motorcycle. His current focus on electric aircraft has multiple fronts, including world records, the first electric-powered transatlantic flight and the next generation for battery-powered UAVs.

On July 19, 2012, he broke the record for speed in an electric aircraft while demonstrating cucumber-cool composure by executing a perfect dead-stick landing on only his second flight in his electrically converted Long EZ only days after receiving his pilot’s license.

On the one-year anniversary of that flight, he flew a perfect test flight with the new EnerDel lithium-ion battery pack and midair recharging probe.

The next day, Discovery Channel Daily Planet came out to document Yates’ feats in electric flight. On July 22, Motor Trend TV came out to do the same.

Yates intends to break his own record of 202.6 miles per hour in front of 150,000 at the upcoming California Capital Airshow in Sacramento, Oct. 5-6.

But in the meantime, he is coordinating a series of attempts at IYK in front of FAI officials.

“We will announce dates shortly, and I need volunteers to come to Inyokern Airport to help out!” said Yates.

Anyone interested in collaborating with Yates’ team is encouraged to e-mail him at info@flightofthecen

tury.com.

Video of his Discovery flight can be viewed at youtube.com/chipyates. The News Review will post a link to the episode once it has aired.

Story First Published: 2013-07-24