CHRISTMAS OFFER 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

Archant

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.

More from News

Fri, 10:25

This important judgement means that the High Court has given permission for the case to go ahead because it considers that the claim meets the threshold of arguability

Read more
Thu, 11:29

Fairoaks 2020, the volunteer campaign group fighting plans to close Fairoaks Airport to create 1,000 homes on its Green Belt site, has been swift to galvanise support from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of General Aviation and also from other sectors of the industry

Read more
Tue, 17:25

L3 Commercial Aviation have announced the launch of the L3 Pilot Pathways Female Scholarship program, which will provide 10 scholarships to female candidates applying for its Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training program

Read more
Tue, 17:13

CAP 1616 describes the different stages of the airspace change process and the activities involved and the second edition will give updated guidance on the regulatory process for changing airspace design including community engagement requirements

Read more
Tue, 16:39

The German Ultralight Aviation Association (DULV) have granted the the coaxial helicopter RotorSchmiede VA115 ultralight its type certificate and RS Helikopter GmbH will deliver the first helicopters in time for the 2019 season

Read more
Mon, 15:25

Tim Hardy has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Light Aircraft Association, succeeding Brian Davies who has stepped down after five years in the post. David Mole has been appointed vice-Chairman in addition to his role as the Association’s secretary

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

Drone experts from all over the world have gathered in Amsterdam on 27-28 November 2018 for this year’s EASA High Level Conference on Drones

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

The SkyBeacon ADS-B unit from uAvionix has had its STC data package accepted by the FAA with 272 aircraft AML

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

The Solent LAIT membership has formulated its ’10 Golden Rules’ of good advice to help pilots avoid infringing notified airspace

Read more
Friday, November 23, 2018

Although the deadline has now passed for your official objections, the Fairoaks 2020 campaign say the concerned councils are still accepting comments on the development

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Pilot weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine