Pantera Rollout at Friedrichshafen

Dean Sigler Electric Powerplants, GFC, Sustainable Aviation 0 Comments

Friedrichshafen is the place to be for new aircraft announcements, with PC-Aero yesterday and Pipistrel today showing off new aircraft. Pipistrel, having won the Green Flight Challenge in September, could not rest on its laurels, today sharing the news that, “The revolutionary 4-seat all composite design, featuring retractable undercarriage, 200 kts cruising speed, 1000 NM range, comfortable cabin and a choice of three powerplants – conventional/hybrid/electric – is presented to the World for the very first time.” Those lucky enough to be at Aero 2012 , hall A5, will doubtless flock to see the Pantera, a graceful design that does 200 knots (230 miles per hour) on its 200-hp, Lycoming IO-390 engine while burning 10 US gallons per hour.  This …

Paint Me – Win 1,000 Euros

Dean Sigler Electric Powerplants, Sustainable Aviation 0 Comments

Tine Tomazic sends the following invitation. Pipistrel has published a unique design contest for Design of Livery for the Panthera, our brand new aeroplane to be presented in 2012. Anybody can  participate! Prize is 1000 EUR ($1,350) and author’s signature on the aeroplane itself! The recognition may well be worth more than the prize money for the budding artist.  The airplane will be featured at major airshows worldwide and in masses of mass media.  All an aspiring illustrator has to do is capture the spirit of the sleek craft and create a livery “which will enhance Pantera’s unique lines and characteristics.” Connect with Pipistrel’s Facebook page to get all the particulars.  There, you’ll learn about the luxury, sportiness, speed, efficiency/environmental friendliness and …