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Film Premier – Silent Skies: The First Electric Plane Flyover

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Silent Skies follows the groundbreaking journey of the college students who orchestrated and piloted the first-ever crewed electric airplane stadium flyover. Witness this milestone in America's transition to electric aviation.

This film premiere event features a presentation by students Remy Oktay '24 and Zachary Fiske '23. They will hold a Q/A session after the screening.

On November 19, 2022, Lafayette College and Lehigh University faced off in the 158th installment of the nation's most-played college football rivalry. As the national anthem rang out, environmental and engineering studies double major Remy Oktay took to the skies in a two-seater, fully electric airplane.

Dubbed the "anti-flyover" for the plane’s whisper-quiet electric motor, this historical event marked the first time the Federal Aviation Administration granted a flyover waiver to an electric airplane.

The commercially available Alpha Electro aircraft flown by Oktay was produced by Pipistrel, a Slovenian company, part of the Textron eAviation segment of Textron Inc. It took a dedicated team of 28 students, Lafayette alumni and volunteers in seven electric trucks/cars and two filming aircraft to support the electric plane’s 168-mile flight from it’s home base in Hartford, CT to Lafayette College in Easton, PA in preparation for game day. Oktay made stops at five airports along the way to recharge the plane's battery directly from the battery packs of the team’s caravan of electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks.

Discover how innovation, passion, and teamwork converged to demonstrate a cleaner and quieter future in aviation.


Enter the building on Irwin Street which is to the right of the main entrance.

CCA will also be screening: Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce directly after this event.
This is a separate event but we suggest signing up for both so you won't have to leave the theater afterward.

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