Pipistrel Sets Out Certification Roadmap for New Aircraft – Panthera
Pipistrel announced it is targeting 2024 for EASA certification of the Panthera, its light 4-seater aircraft. The Panthera will be fully IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) certified with Garmin 1000Nxi avionics.
The Pipistrel Panthera is designed and manufactured by Pipistrel, a Textron Inc. company.
Currently flying under an experimental license, Pipistrel has begun the certification program of the Panthera and is working towards completion. The aircraft will be fitted with features including Garmin’s integrated G1000Nxi avionics suite.
“The Panthera is going to be a game changer for the light aircraft segment,” says Gabriel Massey, president and managing director at Pipistrel. “With capacity for up to four people, a range of 1,100 miles and a cruising speed of 230 miles per hour, this is a high-performance aircraft that will enable traveling at longer distances in great comfort. The Panthera is the ultimate answer for those looking for speed, fuel efficiency and IFR capability.”
The Panthera has been designed by Pipistrel’s innovative team based in Slovenia. It is a low-wing aircraft with retractable landing gear, with an ergonomic cabin that has easy access for passengers through large, gull-wing style doors. In addition, there is a baggage compartment and a removable back seat for extra space.
Visit Pipistrel at booth #85 at EAA Airventure to view the Panthera and Pipistrel’s fully EASA-certified electric aircraft, the Velis Electro.
Founded in 1989, Pipistrel is an award-winning light aircraft manufacturer and leader in research and development of electric propulsion. Pipistrel produces electric and combustion models for the general aviation, defense and advanced air mobility sectors. Pipistrel’s Velis Electro became the world’s first, and currently only, electric aircraft to receive full type-certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2020 and earned UK CAA type certification in 2022.
Pipistrel’s pioneering work has been recognized through awards from NASA, IDC, and other organizations. The company, which offers a family of gliders and light aircraft with both electric and combustion engines, has delivered more than 2,500 light aircraft worldwide since its founding and additionally has both hybrid and electric propulsion models under development. Pipistrel includes the following companies: PIPISTREL d.o.o., PIPISTREL VERTICAL SOLUTIONS d.o.o and PIPISTREL ITALIA SRL.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems.
Source: Pipistrel Press Release
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