<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
5 ISSUES FOR £5 Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today click here

Pipistrel aircraft win CAA stamp of approval, opening up UK market

PUBLISHED: 14:06 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:06 14 December 2017

Tony Rapson (right) hands over the certificate to Ivo Boscarol as HE Mr Tagej Rupel looks on  PHOTO: PHILIP WHITEMAN

Tony Rapson (right) hands over the certificate to Ivo Boscarol as HE Mr Tagej Rupel looks on PHOTO: PHILIP WHITEMAN


On 13 December the UK Civil Aviation Authority formally presented Slovenian light aircraft producer the Pipistrel Group with its A8-21 Certificate, confirming that Pipistrel meets the exacting standards required by the authority to design and manufacture aircraft for the UK market

The certificate was presented to Pipistrel CEO Ivo Boscarol by Tony Rapson, head of the CAA’s GA unit during a reception at the Slovenian embassy in London hosted by His Excellency Mr Tadej Rupel, the Slovenian ambassador.

This opens up UK market to some highly innovative new aircraft. Beside the attractive Rotax-engined Alpha, exhibited early in 2017 at the Popham Microlight Fair, Pipistrel manufactures the world’s first production electric aeroplane, the Alpha Electro. A two-seat trainer, the Electro is claimed to be ‘precisely tailored to the needs of the contemporary flight school’, offering short take-off distance, a 1,000fpm-plus rate of climb and endurance of one hour plus twenty-minute reserve.

The Alpha Electro is optimised for circuit training, where thirteen per cent of energy is regenerated on every approach by virtue of a cleverly designed two-blade propeller whose inner blade section acts as a turbine, increasing endurance and at the same time enabling short-field landings.

‘This aircraft will cut the cost of training by as much as seventy per cent,’ says UK agent Fly About Aviation, ‘making flying more affordable than ever before. And with zero emission and very low noise, many are saying this is the future.’

Pipistrel also produces the Panthera, a ‘sleek and sexy’ four-seater with 1,000nm range and a cruise speed of 200 knots consuming only 46 litres of fuel per hour of flight. The ‘traditional’ version of the craft is powered by a Lycoming IO-390 engine but the aeroplane is also available in both hybrid and electric versions with 200kW takeoff rating.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Pilot visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Pilot staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Pilot account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Thursday, April 19, 2018

At the official opening of the 26th AERO at Friedrichafen – Europe’s leading GA expo and the place to see light aviation’s future unfold in front of your eye - the development of quiet and environmentally-friendly electric aircraft continues to pick up speed and dominate the headlines

Read more
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

This year’s Royal Air Force centenary and the connections between rugby and the RAF will be celebrated by the opening of a new exhibition at the World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium

Read more
Monday, April 16, 2018

The Housing Secretary promises to balance the economic contribution of general aviation with development needs

Read more
Friday, April 13, 2018

Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your April sorted

Read more
Thursday, April 12, 2018

The CAA has released a new version of its listening squawks flight card together with LARS frequencies

Read more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bose has introduced its new active noise cancelling headset for the flight deck, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset, a headset described as lightweight and comfortable with three levels of user selectable active noise cancellation

Read more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Air racing is set to be revolutionized with plans for the world’s first all-electric airplane race announced this week which will be led by the same racing promoter who founded the Air Race 1 World Cup

Read more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reborn Aviation, Europe’s leading remanufacturer of light aircraft, yesterday delivered it’s first Reborn Warrior to Aerobility, the charity offering disabled people the opportunity to fly an aeroplane

Read more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Following confusion arising over Notam changes to radio frequencies at London Oxford (Kidlington) Airport, the situation has been clarified by nearby Bicester Gliding Club’s CFI

Read more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

…and soon be able use a Medical Declaration for an EASA Licence on conversion, says the UK Civil Aviation Authority in a last-minute reprieve to many Private Pilots who had been wondering how and even if they would continue to fly after the deadline

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read

Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine