A research grant has enabled the University of Waterloo to purchase a Velis Electro aircraft.
This is the first electric trainer in Canada and it will be used as a research test bed to investigate its suitability for operations in Canada as well as how it could be incorporated into flight training.
University of Waterloo has partnered with Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) to house, operate and maintain the aircraft. Transport Canada will also be an active participant in looking at new certification standards for this aircraft.
In Europe it is certified under the CS-LSA classification and is already being used by a flight schools in several countries
On February 2, 2023, a group of Transport Canada staff visited WWFC to look at the aircraft and discuss the path for certification in the coming months.
You can find more information on the Velis here https://www.pipistrel-aircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Velis-ELECTRO-128-brochure.pdf