To significantly advance knowledge, its applications and integration in aerospace related disciplines; To deliver best flying experience and highest quality products for pilot training, leisure activities and future air travel solutions; To significantly reduce cost of flying, air pollution, noise, congestion; To educate new generations of aerospace professionals through applied research, multidisciplinary engineering and cutting-edge technological development.
WE COMPLY with regulatory and industry requirements related to quality and safety, and we only work with suppliers who abide by these same standards.
WE STAND BY our products and services, and are always responsive to our customers.
WE WORK according to a streamlined set of standardized business processes, and we continuously innovate and improve our products and services.
WE NEVER deliver, receive, make or ship subpar quality products or services to our internal or external customers.
WE EMPOWER EMPLOYEES by creating a stimulating work environment where all employees understand they are responsible for delivering high-quality products and services, preventing waste, simplifying processes, and making decisions that enable us to meet or exceed customer and stakeholder expectations.
At Pipistrel, we build our success on the basis of social responsibility towards the environment, employees and local communities. Through our three decades of existence, we performed over 20 actions to create better health conditions in Vipava valley and wider, improve the environment, help and support local charity and health institutions and much more.
To learn about the wide scope of Pipistrel's social responsibility, visit this page: PIPISTREL'S SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
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The birthplace of Pipistrel; with main focus on aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and aircraft sales
Pipistrel Vertical Solutions is Pipistrel’s R&D and Certification division
Pipistrel Italia operates a state-of-the-art production facility for final assembly and predelivery phases
Pipistrel 3D Studio
Taja A. Boscarol
In its 30 years, Pipistrel has grown from an enthusiastic hobby hang-glider garage manufacture
into a world-renowned small aircraft producer, recognised by leading global aviation authorities.
With its revolutionary ideas, Pipistrel introduced composites to microlight and light sport aircraft,
achieved first ever electric flight of a two- and four-seater,
won all 3 NASA challenges and won the hearts of passionate aviators on all continents.
In April 2022, Pipistrel became part of Textron eAviation, a business segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)
Find out more about our incredible journey!
ABOUT THE NAME: WHY “PIPISTREL”
Ivo Boscarol has been actively involved in alternative aviation since 1975, when Slovenia was still a part of former Yugoslavia. In that time alternative and microlight flying was illegal – in fact it did not exist at all. The airfield Ivo was using belonged to the military, so the first alternative pilots, if they wanted to fly, had to do it in secret. They had to wait until pilots who flew conventional aircraft finished flying for the day, locked the hangar and went home, and then try to sneak in for an hour of flying before the darkness fell. Because they were flying so late in the evening, using lights at the front of their alternative aircraft, and because the powered hang-gliders had triangular-shaped wings, the local people started to call them “those bats”. The Latin word for a “bat” is “Pipistrellus” – and the rest is history.
Gabe Massey is president and managing director of Pipistrel, the award-winning global leader in electric aircraft.
In his role, Massey leads Pipistrel’s executive team and oversees the company’s growth strategy, product development and integration within Textron. Gabe has gained significant integration experience throughout his career with Textron, managing strong international stakeholder relationships across employees, customers, suppliers and distributors.
Massey recently served as vice president, Asia-Pacific Customer Service, at Textron Aviation, where he was responsible for the company’s service network in the Asia-Pacific region, including all company-owned maintenance facilities and authorized service facilities.
Previously, he was general manager at Able Aerospace Services and held several positions at Bell, including integrated product team lead for the 525 Relentless program.
Massey joined the Textron enterprise directly from University with Bell Canada. He then joined the Textron Leadership Development Program where he completed rotations with Textron Aviation, Lycoming and Textron Systems businesses.
Massey holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Pipistrel Germany GmbH
Tel.: +49 162 2392990
Form: limited liability corporation
Company registration register court Pinneberg, HRB14471PI
IBAN: DE03 2215 0000 0111 1858 49
Pipistrel ITALIA s.r.l.
Via Fratelli Rusjan 26
34070 SAVOGNA D'ISONZO (GO)
Tel.: +39 3703207623
Forma giuridica: Societa a responsabilita limitata
Sede legale: Savogna d'lsonzo (GO) Via Fratelli Rusjan 26 cap 34070
Codice fiscale: 01116190313
Numero REA: G0-73050
IBAN: IT97 Y086 2212 4010 0400 0323 869
Codice BIC/SWIFT: CCRTIT2T96A
Banca/Bank: Banca di Credito Cooperative di Lucinico Farra e Capriva, Agenzia Gorizia san Rocco
Indirizzo/Address: Via Veniero 4, 34170 Gorizia, Italia
Pipistrel Vertical Solutions d.o.o.
Vipavska cesta 2
Company ID number: 7254466000
VAT/TAX number: SI 45266743
Court record entry number: 2017/10669, entered in the Court Register at the District Court in Nova Gorica
Date of entry: 16.03.2017
Ownership: the company is 100% private owned.
|Bank name: Nova KBM d.d.
Bank address: Ulica Vita Kraigherja 4, SI-2505 Maribor
IBAN no.: SI56 0400 1004 9617 429
|Bank name: Banka Intesa Sanpaolo d.d.
Bank address: Pristaniška ulica 14, SI-6000 Koper
IBAN no.: SI56 1010 0005 5897 991
Goriška cesta 50a
Tel: +386 5 36 63 873
Fax: +386 5 36 61 263
Legislation and taxation facts and numbers
Company ID number: 5672767
VAT/TAX number: SI 68911564
Activity code: 30.300
Court record entry number: 065/10266500, entered in the Court Register at the District Court in Nova Gorica
Date of entry: 30.9.1992
Ownership: the company is 100% private owned.
75% share: Ivo Boscarol (CEO and founder)
25% share: A. T. Boscarol
|Bank name: Nova KBM d.d.
Bank Address: Ulica Vita Kraigherja 4, SI-2505 Maribor
IBAN no.: SI56 0475 1000 0104 859
|Bank name: Banka Intesa Sanpaolo d.d.
Bank Address: Pristaniska ulica 14, SI-6000 Koper
IBAN no.: SI56 1010 0005 5178 736
|Bank name: Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d.
Bank Address: Trg republike 2, SI-1520 Ljubljana
IBAN no.: SI56 0294 5026 1040 127
|Bank name: SKB d.d.
Bank Address: Ajdovščina 4, SI-1513 Ljubljana
IBAN no.: SI56 0313 0100 0721 634
|Bank name: UniCredit Banka Slovenija d.d.
Bank Address: Smartinska 140, SI-1000 Ljubljana
IBAN no.: SI56 2900 0005 1297 046
Danny was born in 1984. He studied East Asian politics and graduated from the University of Melbourne, with a bachelor’s degree. He grew up in Australia, with a Chinese family background, so both his Chinese and English have reached the level of a native speaker’s, and he also has a deep understanding of Chinese and western cultures. Danny became the exclusive distributor of Pipistrel in China since 2012, and with his in-depth understanding of Chinese and western cultures and his insights gained from the study of politics, he spent three years to acquire the VTC of CAAC for VIRUS SW 80&100, VIRUS 912, SINUS and Taurus. He also successfully invited Mr. Feng Zhenglin, who is currently the Administrator of CAAC, to visit Slovenia in 2016. And CAAC signed a bilateral agreement with CAA of Slovenia, paving an important way for the development of Pipistrel in China. Witnessed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Ivo signed an agreement with Chinese partner for manufacturing aircraft in 2016, laying a solid foundation for Pipistrel’s business development in China. Danny is proficient in Chinese and western languages, cultures and manners. He has rich experience in international trade and negotiation. He is capable to handle tough situations under high pressure. Over the past eight years, he has made great contributions for Pipistrel to enter and develop in China market. The success story of Pipistrel China just begins, led by Ivo and Danny, it will embrace a more promising future.
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Ms Taja Boscarol was born in 1982. She has background in visual arts at the University of Ljubljana, where she graduated as professor of art education. She worked at Pipistrel first as a contractual partner for several years during which she acquired vast experience in design of aircraft interior, art and visual design, web design and customer support. She has a full-time position in Pipistrel since 2008 as an independent researcher and aircraft designer. In 2011 she took over customer guidance, company presentations and news reports. In 2014 she was named the Head of PR department. At the moment she works in various fields such as PR and media support, graphic design and company promotion, while at the same time working on her PhD in Design of Civil Aviation Aircraft Interior with the Help of Consumer Neuroscience.
Ms Maša Čertalič was born in 1976. She studied at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, achieving the major in international trade. She continued her Master degree of transport and logistics management at the International Management Institute in Antwerp (Belgium), where she concluded also the MBA study. In 2001 she began her working career at the Port of Koper, where she started with marketing and promotion activities, focusing also on managing several key development projects, establishing new business units and participating in international initiatives. In 2008 she started systematically managing port development activities as Head of R&D department, where she launched also the cooperation on cofinanced projects and stronger institutional support on national and EU level, highlighting port strategic priorities and policies. In 2014 she was nominated as Head of Strategic development, working mainly on strategic projects, business strategy, forecasting and planning. She has experience in Corporate governance as she was also a Supervisory board member of different companies and having the certification from Slovenian Directors’ Association (SDA) since 2009. She joined Pipistrel’s team in 2018 as Head of Strategic Development and Director of Pipistrel China project.
Ms Nataša Gregorič was born in 1971. She has an economic background from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, where she graduated in 1995. She gained over 20 years of experience in accounting, tax and financial fields, working for consulting companies as well as for small and medium enterprises, where she contributed to solve and support several business decisions at operational and strategic management level. Nataša joined Pipistrel in 2013 for advanced accounting issues. In 2014 she was nominated as Head of accounting and in 2017 she moved to PVS and started her position as Director of Corporate Services, where she is responsible for accounting, finance, controlling, human resources and ICT functions for all Pipistrel’s companies.
Ms Ingrid Heuffel Berginc was born in 1975. In 2005 she received her Masters Degree in Textile Engineering from University of Ljubljana. She has 17 years of experience in Quality systems (ISO 9001, IATF16949, AS9000, ISO 14001, SA8000, etc).
She is CEO of Pipistrel d.o.o. since 2018 and responsible for managing production organization according Part 21 as well as Quality Manager of Production organization SI.21G.0002 and Design Organisation EASA DO 21.J.524 since 2013. She is the leader auditor of ISO 9001 and an expert (and auditor) for Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. She actively evaluates the accreditation procedures and external evaluation of institutes, faculties, high schools.
Mr Peter Boscarol was born in 1977. In 2002 he graduated as mechanical engineer at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. After the graduation he worked for nearly 10 years as Head of production and Head of quality in the field of metal heat treatments in different Slovenian and Italian companies. In 2010 he started to work for Pipistrel as Head of quality and with his team obtained the EASA certificate Part 21G for the certified production. In those years of fast growing production he took the role of Production manager. Peter is a deep believer in electric and hybrid aircrafts, especially in the future VTOL concepts of flying vehicles. He was appointed as the Director of Pipistrel Italia in 2016, where he introduced and started the operations in the new Pipistrel’s facility. At the moment he is completing his Master Degree in Economic Engineering at the University of Nova Gorica.
Mr Tine Tomažič was born in 1983 and received his B.Sc and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2007 and 2014 respectively. A pilot since the age of 15, instructor since age 19 and test pilot since age 22, Tine has also flown in 8 different electric aircraft and participated in the development of five of them. Tine is a deep believer in electric flight and has dedicated his Ph.D Thesis, titled “Development of control strategies and systems to optimize flying with hybrid-powered aeroplanes” to research technologies to identify the future of electric flight, including distributed electric propulsion architectures, powertrain modeling, flight mission optimization. As a member of Pipistrel’s R&D team, Tine is responsible for the areas of electric flight- and electric-systems since 2007 and is Head of Design Organisation EASA DO 21J.524 and maintains credentials as Compliance Verification Engineer for Electric Powertrains, Systems and Flight Test. Tine has been appointed as the Director of Research and Development at Pipistrel as of 2015, which was in 2017 succeeded by PVS, and actively participates in developments of new standards for electric and hybrid electric general aviation aircraft and is a member EASA’s Technology-4-Safety advisory group.
Mr Ivo Boscarol was born in 1956. He is a pilot and entrepreneur who laid the foundations for alternative flying in the home country and set the aviation standards on the global scale. He studied economy in Ljubljana in seventies, but he was attracted by aviation already in his youth, when he was engaged in sport flying and achieved many great successes, such as: 7 national champion titles in hang-glider and ultralight aircraft categories, 2 national speed records and 2 awards as Slovenian sportsman of the year. Boscarol registered Pipistrel as a trademark in 1987 and established the company in 1989, becoming the first private aircraft producer in the Balkans area. He made a crucial contribution to the establishment of a global aviation category “ultralight” by being the co-designer of many unique aircraft, among others: a line of world-class powered hang gliders, Taurus - world’s first two seat side-by-side ultralight motor glider, Sinus - the aircraft for the World Champion crew of 2001 and the record breaking flight around the world in 2004; Virus SW - double NASA Challenge award winner. For his contribution to aviation he was awarded with the FAI Paul Tissandier diploma. An avid environmentalist, Ivo directed the design of his aircraft into energy efficiency and has been one of the pioneers of electric propulsion for more than 15 years, being actively involved in developing:
- Taurus Electro, the world’s first 2-seat fully electric motorglider (2007);
- Taurus G4, world’s first 4-seat fully electric aircraft, which won the 1,3 Million USD NASA Challenge award;
- Alpha Electro, the first serially produced electric trainer (2014);
- Panthera, the first 4-seat hybrid propulsion aircraft;
- Hy4, the first 4-seat aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells (2016).
For his aviation and business achievements he received the highest civil award in the Republic of Slovenia: The President decorated him with the Golden Order for the services to the country in 2011. In 2017 he received the Knightly order “Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia” for cooperation between Slovenia and Italy. In 2018 he was awarded as “Living legends of aviation” for honouring achievements in the aerospace industry. Based on all outstanding results he obtained also several recognitions and annual nominations on national level as: Personality of Slovenia, Best entrepreneur, Best businessman & Best manager in Slovenia. For the last 6 years in the row he was voted the most trustable brand businessman in Slovenia. Nowadays Ivo dedicates his time to the leadership of Pipistrel group and development of new environment-friendly aircraft and concepts. Since 2014 he has been favouring the development of E-VTOL vehicles, on UBER “flying car” concept and revolutionary window-to-window air transport with autonomous electric vehicles, which would make city transport more efficient, safer and cleaner.