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SC pilot flies to 3,700 set, sets world record

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

A pilot from Greenville set a world record Saturday after guiding his electric ultralight to a new heights.

Gary Davis took off from the downtown Greenville airport in his electric ultralight and reached an altitude of 3,700 feet in the first ever attempt of its kind.

"It feels good," said Davis. "It has been something I have been hoping for and something I have wanted to try for a long time."

Davis has been flying for 39 years, including 34 in gas-powered ultralight model. For the past two though he has been piloting the electric-model, which can fly at a cruising speed of 28-miles-per-hour, for several reasons.

"I switched over to electric about two years ago because it is a little less noisy to run, quite a bit cheaper to fuel, and is the "green" thing to do!" Davis said. "Flying for one hour on an electric battery costs me about 30 cents worth of energy. gas power would be about $6 dollars."

Davis' achievement will go on record with The Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which established rules for the control and certification of world aeronautical records.

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