The Pipistrel Velis Electro is the world’s first fully electric aeroplane ever to receive type certification. The two-seater, intended primarily for pilot training, is a game-changing aircraft in terms of technological innovations and cost-efficiency. Its EASA certification paves the way for the future of environmentally sustainable, emission-free aviation. After years of intensive research and several successful award-winning electric aircraft models developed since 2007, Pipistrel has today achieved a breakthrough in aviation history, having type certified the battery powered Velis Electro. Working in tight collaboration with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, whose engagement was essential to reaching this unprecedented milestone, Pipistrel demonstrated that its new Velis Electro achieves the highest levels of safety. “The type certification of the Pipistrel Velis Electro is the first step towards the commercial use of electric aircraft, which is needed to make emission-free aviation feasible. It is considerably quieter than other aeroplanes and produces no combustion gases at all,” said Mr Ivo Boscarol, founder and CEO of Pipistrel Aircraft. “It confirms and provides optimism, also to other electric aircraft designers, that the Type Certificate of electric engines and aeroplanes is possible. The engine, which Pipistrel type certified separately, is also available to other aircraft OEMs. For Pipistrel, this achievement injects additional motivation for the future eVTOL and multi‑seat hydrogen-powered projects. Pipistrel is especially thankful to all our customers for their confidence in our products, which allows us to continue developing these innovative aircraft,” he added.
Pipistrel, the Slovenia-based ultralight electric aircraft maker, has delivered nearly 200 aircraft to the Indian ministry of defence, the company announced on Tuesday, saying that it was happy to finish the delivery despite warnings from other players in the industry that this was too tall an order for the company. Pipistrel said in a press release that it had delivered to the final shipment of aircraft from the order that totalled 194 planes. Pipistrel boss and owner Ivo Boscarol said that he had been warned by „big players in the aviation industry that it was impossible to work with India and that we will never be able to finish the contract successfully“. „But all of us, working together as a strong team, have managed to do just that,“ said Boscarol. „This has brought us great respect not only in India but also in the military-related environment in general. This contract will have opened a lot of doors for us in the future.“ The press release said that Pipistrel had met the delivery conditions, while services like maintenance, customer support and supply of spare parts will be provided for a long time after this first stage is completed. When the contract was signed in 2015, it was the largest order of ultralight aircraft ever in the world. Pipistrel did not reveal the figures but Indian media reported that the contract was worth US$20 million. Pipistrel delivered the virus SW 80 Garud aircraft to 85 locations throughout India, where its team assembled and tested them before handing them over to the buyer. Pipistrel also provided training for a large number of technicians and engineers in India. The high-performance aircraft will be used in pilot training. Pipistrel won the deal in strong international competition. Quelle: ‚Slovenia Times‚.
Mit einem neuen Segelflieger will der Luftsportverein Hude versuchen, sowohl den alten, als auch neuen Mitgliedern eine neue Attraktion zu liefern. Was das 100.000 Euro teure Flugzeug kann, zeigte der LSV am Sonntag. Der Luftsportverein Hude hat sich einen neuen Segelflieger angeschafft – und zwar einen besonderen, wenn den Vereinsmitgliedern zu glauben ist: Der Flieger erfüllt nicht nur alle modernsten technischen Anforderungen und kann mit eigenem Triebwerk alleine in die Luft starten, er besitzt – anders als die meisten Segelflugzeuge – auch zwei Plätze nebeneinander, nicht hintereinander. Der Flieger ist deshalb besonders, weil es sich der Zulassung nach nicht um ein Segelflugzeug handele, sondern um ein Ultraleichtflugzeug. Es könne alles, was ein Segelflugzeug kann – „nur besser“, sagen die Mitglieder. „Es reagiert ungewöhnlich gut aufs Ruder, kann sich sehr gut aufs Wetter anpassen“, so Christoph Hoffmann, der schon die ersten Stunden im Taurus-Cockpit hinter sich gebracht hat. Zunächst sei es ungewohnt, man müsse viel sensibler fliegen. Wer sich aber gewöhnt habe, der komme viel weiter. Quelle: ‚Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung‚.