#3, 2, 1… 1000!

The year of our 30-years anniversary is marked with another amazing achievement for Pipistrel: we produced the 1000th aircraft from the Sinus/Virus family.

Ajdovščina, March 2019

The entire Pipistrel team gathered in front of the hangar at the Pipistrel production facility in Ajdovščina, Slovenia, to mark a special event. There were wide grins across their faces and admiring glances towards the star of the day, who stood silently and glimmered in the middle of the platform.
Ivo Boscarol, the General manager of the Pipistrel group, couldn’t hide his joy when he made the announcement:
“Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming the aircraft no. 1000 from the Sinus/Virus family!”

There were loud cheers and applause as the employees spread around the lady of the day – a Pipistrel Sinus Max – and arranged themselves in neat rows to pose for the historic photo:

Pipistrel team next to the aircraft no. 1000 from the Sinus/Virus family

Pipistrel Team by the aircraft no.1000

Ivo Boscarol addressed the assembled Pipistrel Team:
»An achievement such as this one – to produce an aircraft no. 1000 from the same product family – is a victory in many ways.
To be in the »Golden 1000s club« means that the market must accept your products and trust them continuously. It means that already when the product is released for the first time, it is good enough to be sold for decades; and to be sold all over the world, in different climates and in different cultures.

But it is not only good for our customers to have such an aircraft – most of all it is a benefit for us, because it offers long-term sustainability to the manufacturer and it secures stability to the work positions for our employees.

I am extremely proud of the company’s collective. I would like to congratulate my workers for producing such high-quality aircraft which have been the jewel in the crown of Pipistrel all these years. I would also like to thank all our distributors and promoters for their support – and most of all, our customers worldwide who believed in our products. Your trust has always been our best promotion!”

The lady of the day was a Pipistrel Sinus Max:

Pipistrel Sinus Max no.1000
Pipistrel Sinus Max no.1000

Ivo Boscarol said a few words about her:
“We are proud that the aircraft no.1000 goes to a far-off destination: Suriname. So far we haven’t sold any Pipistrel aircraft to Suriname, even though we have been selling regularly to 95 countries. So this is yet another great achievement which this aircraft accomplished – now the 96th country has opened its sky to Pipistrel!”

No.1000 - tail

After the photo-shoot of course no celebration would be complete without a bite to eat and a glass of champagne to commemorate this historic occasion.

Celebration in the hangar
Ivo Boscarol

The team has another reason to be proud – this year Pipistrel celebrates 30 years of organized aircraft production as a company. During these years of course we haven’t just been producing aircraft from the Sinus/Virus family – in fact together with all the other models (Taurus and Taurus Electro, Type-certified SW 121, the line of aircraft for Indian Army – Garud, Apis Bee, Panthera and powered motor-gliders in the early years) the total sum of Pipistrel aircraft produced is now probably already over 2000!

Celebration in the hangar
Celebration in the hangar