Pipistrel Alpha Trainer
|Artist's concept of the Alpha Trainer|
|Produced||May 2012 - present|
Design and development
The aircraft was designed to comply with the US light-sport aircraft rules. It features a cantilever high-wing, a two-seats in side-by-side configuration, tricycle landing gear and a single 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL engine in tractor configuration.
The aircraft is made from composites and features landing gear especially designed for training use. A ballistic parachute is standard equipment along with traditional and cheaper round-dial style flight instruments, rather than a glass cockpit. The design goals include economy of purchase and operation and its initial price of US$85,000 was intended to address moves by Pipistrel's competition in raising prices on their aircraft. In particular the Alpha's price was initially set well below the then-current US$149,000 price announced for the comparable Cessna 162, although by 2014 Pipistrel had raised the price to US$103,000. The fuel consumption is projected to be 2.5 US gallons per hour (9.5 litres per hour).
Specifications (Alpha Trainer)
- Crew: one
- Capacity: one passenger
- Wingspan: 34 ft 6 in (10.52 m)
- Fuel capacity: 13 U.S. gallons (49 L; 11 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912UL four cylinder, horizontally opposed, four stroke aircraft engine, 80 hp (60 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed Pipistrel custom wood and composite
- Cruise speed: 108 kn (124 mph; 200 km/h)
- Range: 400 nmi (460 mi; 741 km)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Grady, Mary (30 November 2011). "Pipistrel Promises $83K LSA Trainer". AVweb. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Grady, Mary (14 May 2012). "Pipistrel Alpha LSA Trainer Ready To Fly For $85K". AVweb. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- Pipistrel (2011). "Pipistrel introduces a fully equipped training aircraft for under $85,000 US". Retrieved 1 December 2011.
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