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The world's first sustainable, cost-effective micro 'airline' with zero CO2 emissions; initially flying electric aircraft between London and the Midlands.

Our Fleet
Eco. Quiet. Fast. Safe
VELIS Electro, manufactured by Pipistrel in its factory in Slovenia, is the first EASA Type certified light aircraft in the world driven entirely by electric propulsion.

The Pipistrel family of aircraft has the highest safety record, due to a solid carbon fibre fuselage, a Kevlar protected cockpit, and inbuilt BRS (Ballistic Recovery System) parachute which lands the aircraft in the event of an air accident.

VELIS Electro represents a totally new approach to aviation of the future.
Our Mission is to start exploring three main light aviation activities: touring the country, performing experience flights for the public, and training future pilots to fly fully electric aircraft.

This new, electric age of aviation represents a decrease in hourly cost by 200% for fuel alone! Our target customers will use us because we are 'green' and more affordable.

At the development stage, our project will be re-investing all profit into the promotion and development of eco-friendly, zero emission, sustainable flying of electric aircraft in the British skies and beyond.
Our mission
Our team
Highly experienced, with hundreds of hours on Pipistrel aircraft, our core pilot team have completed comprehensive flight training on flying fully electric aircraft.

The majority of our pilots are also working as flying instructors which creates a different experience and hence an additional level of safety of flight.

Our back-office team, from Operations to Administration, are from different walks of life, but all sharing one passion - aviation!
Shipmeadow Airfield (Suffolk)
Journey starts at
Wickenby Airfield (Lincolnshire)
Damyns Hall Aerodrome (East London)
Flight time: 45 minutes to
Flight time: 55 minutes to
Shipmeadow Airfield (Suffolk)
Return flight to
Back to London
Damyns Hall Aerodrome (East London)
Let's go!
We offer an unforgettable journey from London to the Midlands via our home base in East Anglia.
Located on a 38-acre hobby farm in East Anglia, Shipmeadow Airfield is the home base of operations for NEBO Air. It currently offers a unique combination of activities to include flight experiences, animal interaction and a broad range of Wellness and Yoga treatments.

It takes just under one hour to recharge the aircraft's battery for the next flight - enough time for a cup of tea and an introduction to life on this unique farm.

Leg One
London to East Anglia
Leg Two
Shipmeadow to Wickenby
Wickenby Aerodrome has been an active public airfield since the 1960s, but was used as a satellite station for operations by Lancaster 12 and 626 Squadrons during World War 2. Standing at the airfield entrance is a Grade 2 listed Ikarus memorial commemorating the two Wickenby based squadrons.

The City offers a vibrant and exciting experience, with its many rich historic and cultural sites. Lincoln Castle retains one of the original Magna Carta scrolls. This combined with world class hotels, restaurants and theatres makes Lincoln and its surrounding area an attractive and inviting destination for visitors.

Over the last few years we have developed a strong working relationship with the following businesses, involved in this new stage of the aviation development:

iFly Electric UK is the business with the solid purpose of development of electric propulsion projects in the UK. The business is closely associated with iFLy Europe and iFLy Benelux involved in alternative renewable energy and electro mobility projects in the EU.

Lincoln Flight located at Wickenby Airfield in Lincolnshire. Lincoln Flight provides an excellent experience and learning environment, along with a unique way to see the Lincolnshire countryside.
The Consortium
The Movement
The entire aviation community is incredibly excited about this new and rapidly developing project. We are receiving daily correspondence requesting information about specs of the aircraft and charging stations.

Airfields across the UK and Europe are sending letters of intent wishing to join the project and enhance our network.

This will soon create a web of electric aircraft charging facilities throughout the UK and beyond allowing Zero Emissions aviation to become a reality. The environmental revolution in aviation and transport has begun!
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The VELIS Electro has a range of one hour of flight with a 20 minutes reserve. We have factored two legs that the airplane can safely fly. It takes one hour to recharge the aircraft's battery to full, which is an ideal time for a cup of tea and introduction to an airfield, and then you're ready to take off again!


1. What is the Velis Electro Aircraft?

The Pipistrel Velis Electro is the world's first fully electric aeroplane ever to receive type certification. The two-seater, intended primarily for pilot training, is a game-changing aircraft in terms of technological innovations and cost-efficiency. Its EASA certification paves the way for the future of environmentally sustainable, emission-free aviation.

Conceived as a fundamental part of the 'Velis Training System', the Velis Electro is designed to be simple to operate and maintain, without compromising safety.


2. Which Electric Motor is installed in the Velis ?

The motor is the Pipistrel's type certified electric engine, the 57.6kW liquid cooled electric engine provides power to the aircraft. This motor is developed and built in Slovenia in co-operation with EMRAX and EMSISO.

The Velis Electro delivers power instantly and without hesitation – a simplified user interface in a cockpit that maintains the same look-and-feel of its conventionally powered siblings. The revolutionary powertrain is entirely liquid-cooled, including the batteries, and demonstrated the ability to withstand faults, battery thermal runaway events, and crash loads as part of the certification process.


3. What is the Maintenance for the Velis?

The reduced number of moving parts in the electric motor dramatically decreases maintenance costs and the risk of malfunctions is further minimized thanks to its built-in continuous health- monitoring system.

The fully composite and monocoque type structure of the aircraft eliminates corrosion and reduces routine maintenance and inspection costs.


4. What about reliability and operating costs ?

The paucity of moving parts and lack of vibrations in the airframe increase reliability. This enhanced reliability allows the Velis Electro to have more than double the lifespan of powertrain elements in comparison to the previous generation of electric aeroplanes.

The overall result of all these breakthrough innovations is a drastic reduction in the operating costs, significantly contributing to the affordability of pilot training.


5. How quiet and clean is it?

Featuring noise levels of only 60 dBa, Velis Electro is considerably quieter than other aeroplanes and produces no combustion gases at all. Its revolutionary powertrain is entirely liquid-cooled, including the batteries, and demonstrated the ability to withstand faults, battery thermal runaway events, and crash loads as part of the certification process. Velis Electro can operate in cold, hot and rain.


6. How safe is it?

As part of the EASA Type Certification, Pipistrel demonstrated that Velis Electro achieves the highest levels of safety, even surpassing those required for conventionally powered aircraft. Velis Electro is a full-electric derivative of the proven Virus SW 121, which is already type certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (TC No EASA.A.573).

It is equipped with a Pipistrel type certified electric engine E-811-268MVLC (TC No. EASA.E.234), developed with partners EMRAX and EMSISO, and Pipistrel's three-bladed composite fixed pitch propeller P-812-164-F3A.

The 57.6kW (77 hp) liquid cooled electric engine provides power to the aircraft.


7. Which Batteries are used in the Velis ?

The power is delivered by 345 Volts D.C. electric system built around a liquid-cooled, in-house developed, high performance battery system, which includes two Pipistrel PB345V124E-L batteries connected in parallel, installed in a redundant 2-unit arrangement, total nominal capacity 24.8kWh. The battery packs are crashworthy and have thermal runway inhibiting protections. They are also HIRF/EMI tolerant. (High Intensity Radio Frequency / Electro Magnetic Interference).

One battery pack is located in the nose of the aeroplane and the second behind the cabin. This ensures redundancy of the power source: in case of battery failure, the malfunctioning battery would get automatically disconnected from the system. A single battery is capable of standalone operation and has enough power capability to support climbing and continuation of flight.


8. How long does it take to charge the batteries?

The charger provided with each aircraft is a portable charger ranging from 3 kW to 20 kW charging power. The portable charger weighs about 45 kg. This plugs into a mains wall socket of single phase or 3 phase AC supply. The output cable is plugged into the aircraft on the nose cowling into a charge input socket. The Sky Charger stand-alone charger shown below is capable of charging two electric aircraft at the same time. Charge time will vary upon battery charge status and electrical power availability from the network. The charger is a world-wide charger and a portable unit which can be connected to any 110V and 240V, 50 Hz or 60 Hz electrical grid or the Solar Trailer.


9. What is the flight endurance and characteristics of the Velis?

The Velis Electro is designed for circuit training with a flight endurance of 50 minutes with a VFR reserve. If you plan to fly to another airfield, that airfield must have a charger available to recharge after you land.

Weights (kg)
Basic empty 428
Max take off 600
Payload
172

Performance (Kt)
Stall speed clean 51
Stall with flaps 45
Cruise speed (35kW) 90
Max horizontal speed 98
VNE 108
Best climb speed 75
Best glide ratio 15:1
Service ceiling 12000 feet

On Demand Aviation is rapidly becoming a new reality just as other on-demand consumer services recently emerged – from taxis and food delivery to video and entertainment.

Nebo Air is the world's first Zero CO2 emissions, sustainable and cost-effective micro air-service.

Our Mission is to start exploring three main light aviation activities: touring the country and performing experience flights for the public, as well as training future pilots to fly fully electric aircraft.

In the UK, aviation is set to be the biggest source of CO2 emissions by 2050; recent surveys by UBS bank found people are beginning to cut air travel over concerns for the environment.

We put out a call to the nation to take a challenge and join the movement! Airfields across the UK are responding rapidly to join our network of charging facilities, allowing the aviation environmental revolution to become a reality!

Our small model to a large network approach also has rural tourism development in mind, yet taking it to a completely new and different level of experience and innovation.

Our First Objective is to create the first of its kind Operating Model for the world's first fully electric air-service born in the UK.

Observed and tested in real-life conditions, our model will give us the opportunity to track and record data, describe the experience, and summarise what is involved into flying electric aircraft in the conventional aviation environment.

Our Operating Model of Air and Ground Procedures for Electric Aircraft, in place and fully documented, will then be presented in a series of comprehensive guides to be published and made available free of charge to the sites across the country looking to establish electric air vehicle operations in the near future, as well as for Government and other bodies involved across the UK.

Our fleet is Eco, Quiet, Fast and Safe - we fly VELIS Electro light aircraft driven entirely by electric propulsion. Built by Pipistrel in Slovenia, this family of aircraft has the highest safety record (mostly due to a solid carbon built and onboard BRS (Ballistic Recovery System) parachute which lands the aircraft in the event of an air accident).

At the development stage, our project will be re-investing all profit into promotion and development of eco-friendly, zero emission, sustainable flying of electric aircraft in the British skies and beyond.

Join the movement! Book your first non-footprint flight today!

Sergey Grachev
Chief Executive Officer (based at Shipmeadow)

Sergey is an international lawyer and serial entrepreneur. He is the founder and the Managing Partner of MGAP Attorneys at Law (founded 2001), a boutique law firm that operates from its offices in London, Moscow and Nicosia. MGAP has three partners and 25 staff worldwide.

Sergey is a certified pilot, and has held an EASA PPL (A) license since 2013. He is responsible for business strategy as well as legal support, and the day to day running of the business.

Contact: sg@neboair.co.uk


Celeste Goschen
Creative Director, Marketing and Promotions (based at Shipmeadow)

Celeste is a serial entrepreneur and accomplished pilot. She has held a pilot's license since 2006, and has been a close associate of the Royal Air Squadron, participating in missions to Jordan, Ukraine and South Africa. She has built several 'experience businesses' including Cucumber Cow Ltd, which creates social events in London and East Anglia, as well as unique aviation experiences from Shipmeadow Airfield alongside an 'experience-driven' holiday-let and retreat business. In addition, she has founded several professional services firms in the recruitment, finance, media and technology space.

Leveraging her expertise, Celeste is responsible for designing and managing the NEBO Air overall customer experience, as well as social media strategy for the project.

Contact: cg@neboair.co.uk


Deepak Mahajan
Head of Flight Operations (based in London)

Deepak is a UK CAA Certified Flight Instructor and Ground Examiner, with more than 11,400 flight hours. He completed a flight course to fly fully electric aircraft in 2017, qualified as a Rotax Engine Technician in 2016, and completed a Basic Engineering Course through open University from 2004 through 2006. He has had a PPL in the UK since 1989, EASA and French PPL's. He founded MSA Ltd. In 1998 to offer flight-training, aircraft sales, parts and avionics to the UK market and he continues to run the day-to-day operations of that business, as well as acting as flight instructor at his own flight school at Damyns Hall Airfield in East London.

Deepak is also a co-founder and director of several UK based light aviation businesses, including iFly Electric UK Ltd. operating from Damyns Hall Airfield.

Deepak led a team of engineers and other specialists to complete the UK CAA certification of several types of aircraft for the UK market. As Head of Flight Operations, he oversees flight and safety operations, including training and compliance with our AOC.

Contact: dm@neboair.co.uk


Mike Powell
Head of Business Development

Mike served 12 years in the Army. On leaving the Army he gained qualifications as an international transport manager, a position he held with a transport and logistics company for 5 years. He left to join the Department for Transport. During his career in the Civil Service he was instrumental in forming an intelligence unit where he remained until his retirement.

Mike has held a private pilot licence for 30 years. He is passionate about flying which influenced his decision to become an instructor. He has over 6000 hours flying time in the UK and Europe. Mike is a flight school's accountable manager and has overall responsibility for safe operation.

During his career he has developed many contacts within aviation and beyond. Mike is responsible for business development and overall business and market strategy of the project.

Contact: mp@neboair.co.uk


Chris Kirk
Head of Training (based at Wickenby)

Chris started his working life in the insurance sector dealing with customer acquisition. After this he joined a diverse team as a maintenance facilitator for the Markerstudy Insurance Group. His role included management of the group's properties. This required frequent travel within the in the Midlands, North of England and Scotland. During this time Chris gained his EASA PPL (A), Flight Instructor rating and tail wheel endorsement. He also holds a ROCC (Radio Operators Certificate of Competence) this allow him to operate any ground station at an airfield to provide airfield information.

Chris has over a thousand hours flying different types of aircraft. He gained experience flying in France, Hungary and the UK. Chris co-founded CM Aviation Ltd. (trading as Lincoln Flight) at Wickenby in 2017. Chris utilises his social media skills to promote the school on Facebook and Instagram. He is the school's Compliance Manager. He holds a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation) enabling him to fly small unmanned aircraft for commercial gain.

Chris oversees all training and qualification programmes for the pilots and our ground staff.

Contact: ck@neboair.co.uk


Kerry Wilmot
Chief Administrator for the Project (based at Shipmeadow)

Kerry is a professional business administrator with more than a decade of experience in managing sports and educational facilities, as well as all businesses related to the operations of Shipmeadow Airfield for the last four years. She is a UNICEF supporter and an activist for the Injured Jockeys Fund and Teenage Cancer Trust charities.

Kerry will be continuing her job as a business admin spreading her deep experience and skills to the general administration of the entire project as well as its charitable activities and events.

Contact: kw@neboair.co.uk


Louise Ward
Head of Air and Ground Operations (based at Shipmeadow)

After 20 year with the Royal Air Force where Louise was involved in logistics, supply and air movements, she worked 17 years for the Royal Mail. Louise is a fully qualified EASA PPL (H) helicopter pilot and a massive aviation enlightenment enthusiast. She has volunteered for National Trust doing compliance, maintenance, conservation and catering jobs dealing with members of the public and families making sure their experiences with the sites were at the top excellent level.

Louise is responsible for practical implementation of the NEBO Air customer experience as well as establishing internal communication between the parties involved in the collaborative side of the NEBO Air projects.

Contact: lw@neboair.co.uk
Damyns Hall Airfield to Shipmeadow Airfield is 72 nm and a 45 minutes flight in the electric aircraft. In our experience, this is an ideal time for a pleasure flight; giving you the opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes, learn about the aircraft and electric Zero Emission flying, and brings you to one of England's beautiful seaside resorts in a very short time.

This leg is an extremely simple one to fly as a number of us utilise it to commute to London.

The centre already has a proven track record having benefited the local community economically and socially as well as enabling interaction between tourists and locals for a more enriching tourism experience.

In 2018 we received a match finance grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, LEADER and the local Waveney Valley Leader Group for development of the Yoga and Wellness Centre on site. The Centre is completed and fully operational for the use of visiting guests and pilots (www.wilderley.com).

Leg one can be flown separately with an optional overnight stay.

Owned and operated by two experienced business people, themselves active pilots, the site offers bespoke accommodation as well as a spacious office and catering facilities.

Shipmeadow to Wickenby Airfield in Lincolnshire is an 85 nm leg which can be flown in 55 minutes. This brings you over the beautiful Norfolk Wash straight to the Midlands.

As an option, for the businessman with a budget, this is an invaluable method of commuting.

Situated 12 miles North East of Lincoln, Wickenby Airfield has a good road links to the city with a journey time of 20 minutes. Lincoln Central Railway Station is a major terminus that serves the city with regular East Midlands Trains. It is a convenient terminus for York, Doncaster, Midlands and North East and West coast services.

Humberside International Airport offers flights to Europe and is about 30 minutes from Wickenby.

For aviation enthusiasts, the city hosts the International Bomber Command Memorial (IBCC). The site includes one of the UK's tallest War memorials, The Spire', dedicated to all the men and women who lost their lives during World War 2.
Both of our partners for this project are the holders of a CAA Declared Training Organisation (DTO) status, so one can rest assured that we are qualified and regulated to the highest standard.

The nature of the outputs we expect from the project are as follows:

Public awareness, new travel standards, empowerment and education for the younger generation. We not only want to build and demonstrate a sustainable Operating Model of Zero CO2 Emissions flying, but also work out the best ways of connecting with the public.

The introduction of electrical aviation will change the perception of the general public towards affordable and sustainable flying. We need to make sure such a change is positive by generating a welcoming and supportive attitude from local populations, and positioning it as a set of opportunities for local businesses.

Also, the unfamiliar concept of electrical aviation will require a new travel standard and a separate guidance on the security, reliability, and safety of such operations to be introduced; this, inter alia, includes aircraft charging, passenger briefings, any extra fire safely measures and so on.

The important target group is the young generation. Specially tailored and separate line of events will be put together for schools and local educational establishments to offer a deeper knowledge of Zero CO2 Emissions flying as well as some practical experience of flying in electric aircraft.

General Aviation Community. Existing airfields, aerodromes and airports across the UK have the huge potential to provide safe and reliable routes nationwide. However, GA pilots and operators have to be made aware of specifics of this new phenomena.

Our team are highly experienced and active pilots, who clearly understand that current guidelines do not cover this new step in aviation development. We intend to use our flying experience to produce these guidelines and liaise with the relative GA bodies across the country to share it.

The main bodies we are aiming to approach here are: GAAC, AOPA and LAA.

Two comprehensive Project Reports are to be published by us for the use of GA Community and general public in the end of Q4 2020 and Q4 2022 respectively on 'General overview on introduction of fully electric aircraft to the UK airspace' and 'Aspects of use of international airspace for flying electric aircraft'.

The Regulator (the UK CAA), ATC and Ground operations. Any new technology within the aviation industry requires strict adoption and adherence to operational codes of practise. Integrating electric flying into existing Air Traffic Management (both air and ground), which at present do not cater for the operation of this new class, will require development of additional procedures with existing systems. We aim to develop and demonstrate such integration on the level of a demo electric regional aircraft operations.

In a nutshell, we aim to start an operational air-service and derive data and materials from its operation to be later published, by means of social and conventional media, as well as in the form of aviation action group advice.

The main regulatory agencies we are aiming to approach here are: the Regulator (the UK CAA), AOA and NATS.

Two comprehensive Project Reports are to be published by us (in Q2 2021 and Q4 2021 respectively) on 'Aspects of air traffic control operations involving fully electric aircraft flying in the UK airspace' and 'Aspects of ground operations involving fully electric aircraft operations at the UK airports'.

Charging Stations Network with its ground handling infrastructure will need to be provided. This constitutes a physical part of the infrastructure we will be trying to bring on. Those will be developed firstly alongside our main route (including an alternate airfield for each of the two legs of our primary operations), and then – moving from East to West – further afield with the aircraft range and endurance.

On a digital infrastructure front, we are planning to work closely with two leading light aviation software applications developers: being Sky Demon and Flight Plan System, in order to integrate the electric propulsion flying into their existing operational framework.

Another comprehensive Project Report will be published by us in Q2 2023 on 'Use of physical and digital infrastructure, battery capacity and electric aircraft flight endurance'.

Flight Training standards will have to be challenged and changed for the training on this new type of aircraft. Practices will have to be revised to include any differences in training and distinctive emergency procedures.

In addition to the training we will be providing on VELIS Electro aircraft, we will be installing bespoke VR electric aircraft flight simulators (one for each of our bases in London, East Anglia and the Midlands). This will allow us to make electric aircraft flying experience, education and simulated flight training available to a much wider range of population groups, inclusive of people with disabilities and restricted mobility, as well as young people (including local to each base Air Cadets Squadron groups) who do not have access or cannot afford these activities on the conventional type of aircraft.

A comprehensive Project Report is to be published by us in Q2 2022 on 'Flight training and aspects of security and safety in use of electric aircraft'.

This entire exercise will be concluded in March 2024 by the publication of 'A comprehensive guide on flying electric aircraft in the UK airspace and beyond'. The above described approach, in conjunction with the general desire towards a greener and environmentally sustainably world, ensures that the introduction of electric aircraft is a viable and central element to future aviation. The approach should also set up a practical example of reduction of aviation carbon footprint exercise for the others to follow.

Additional support and advice are expected from: Royal Aeronautical Society and All Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation (chaired by keen private pilot Grant Shapps MP).
We will put scans of letters of intent from other airfields to join our project.
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