Pipistrel

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For the genus of bat, see Pipistrellus.
Pipistrel d.o.o Ajdovščina
Private company
Industry Ultralight aviation
Founded 1987
Headquarters Ajdovščina, Slovenia
Key people
Ivo Boscarol, Chairman
Products Ultralight aviation
Number of employees
85
Website www.pipistrel.si

Pipistrel d.o.o Ajdovščina is a Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer established in 1987[1] by Ivo Boscarol and based in Ajdovščina. It was the first private aircraft company in Yugoslavia. Its facilities are located in Ajdovščina and near the town of Gorizia, Italy.[2][3] By June 2016, Pipistrel had produced more than 1500 aircraft.[1]

History[edit]

Due to legal restrictions imposed by the Yugoslavian government during the 1980s, the first aircraft was flown secretly in the evening, between dusk and dark. The flying times and shape of the hang-glider style wings earned the aircraft the nickname "bats" which was adopted by the company naming themselves after the Latin word for bat, pipistrellus.[2]

In August 2012, Pipistrel was hit by a brief import ban issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Pipistrel had opened a factory in Italy to benefit from the country's bilateral agreements with the United States. During a routine check, the FAA was unable to locate Pipistrel's Italian factory on Google Earth and banned the import of some of Pipistrel's products.[4]

In July 2015, Siemens, provider of the Dynadyn 60-kilowatt motor used in the Alpha Electro trainer, warned Pipistrel that it should not use its motors for overwater flights, just as Pipistrel was about to launch a historic electric-powered flight across the English Channel and back. As it turns out, Airbus was preparing the exact same Louis Blériot-like exploit, with a plane powered by a motor also provided by Siemens, and it was speculated that Siemens was pressured by Airbus.[5][6]

On 12 October 2015 Pipistrel won an international tender issued by the Indian Ministry of Defence, to supply 194 Pipistrel Virus SW 80 trainers to the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and National Cadet Corps.[7][8]

Aircraft[edit]

Pipistrel Taurus G4 take-off at 2011 Green Flight Challenge

The company also produces the Flight Team Spider ultralight trike under sub contract to Flight Team UG & Company AG of Ippesheim, Germany.[9]

The Taurus G4 is the first all-electric four-seat aircraft in the world[10] and boasts the most powerful electric motor ever used in an all-electric airplane design.[11]

By June 2016, Pipistrel had produced 800 Sinus and Virus.[1]

Awards & records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Or 1989... --> "Pipistrel Produces 800th Airplane From Sinus/Virus Family". Avweb.com. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b James Lawrence (January 2012). "Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Ivo Boscarol". Planeandpilotmag.com. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Learning to fly with SPIRIT Slovenia". Spirit Slovenia Public Agency. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Stephen Pope (23 August 2012). "FAA Ends Brief Pipistrel Import Ban". Flyingmag.com. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  5. ^ Thomas A. Horne (7 July 2015). "Siemens denies e-motors to Pipistrel". Aopa.org. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  6. ^ Stephen Pope (9 July 2015). "Airbus vs Pipistrel: An Electrifying English Channel Race". Flyingmag.com. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  7. ^ G. C.; G. K. (12 October 2015). "Pipistrel to deliver six to seven planes each month to Indian Armed Forces" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija official website. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Pipistrel signs huge microlight deal with India" (in Slovenian). FLYER official website. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. [dead link]
  9. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 211. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  10. ^ "Wittman Regional Airport Sees First Flight For Taurus G4". Aero-News Network. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Paur, Jason (8 August 2011). "Electric Airplane Has 4 Seats, Two Fuselages, One Big Motor". Wired. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Pipistrel Virus The Big Winner At PAV Challenge". EAA News. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pipistrel Team Again the Big Winner in NASA GA Technology Challenge". EAA News. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Pipistrel winner 2010 The UKTI Award for Innovation". European Business Awards. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  15. ^ Steitz, Dave & Anderson, Janet (3 October 2011). "NASA Awards Historic Green Aviation Prize". NASA. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Pipistrel Apis/Bee". Pipistrel company website. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 

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