Pipistrel is proud to announce our Double Podium at the 2011 Paris-Madrid Green Air Challenge.
Just like the original event, the 2011 race, named Green Air Challenge, promotes the »conception of innovative aircraft that are superior from the aerodynamic, engine and structural point of view«.

After having won the renowned NASA Personal Air Vehicle (PAV 2007) and NASA General Aviation Technology (GAT 2008), Pipistrel again proved to be superior and to have the winning combination both in the Sinus 912 and Virus SW 100 in a strong competition! This double podium is a true statement to overall performance and extreme aeroefficiency of our aircraft.

in the race, each team had to fly the distance between Paris and Madrid in several legs, totaling  1229 km as fast and efficiently as possible, while performing a noise emission test half-way through the race. Criteria for the calculation of the final result included: Speed, Payload Capability, Fuel Consumption, Range distance, Noise Emissions and Safety Features . More about the race: http://parismadrid2011.free.fr/PM2011/index.php?lng=en

Sinus 912 (registration F-JRZQ) piloted by Michail Anastasiou, won the race by a large margin. Virus SW 100 (registration F-JSER) piloted by Pierre Cormi took third place, showcasing Pipistrel’s superiority in efficient flight. We would like to congratulate the winning pilots on these fantastic achievements and extend our compliments to the race organisers for their green flight initiative.

(above photos by Craig Peyton)

A beautiful video by Craig Peyton about the Green Air Challenge, with English narration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnykUO3mROU

To see all the competitors, please visit this page: http://parismadrid2011.free.fr/PM2011/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=119
More photos here: http://parismadrid2011.free.fr/PM2011/plugins/diaporama/diaporama.php?lng=fr&diapo_id=7&diapo_page=2

Article about Pariz-Madrid Green Air Challenge on Sustainable skies website: http://sustainableskies.org/3695/

Pipistrel would like to thank….
-the winning pilot Michail Anastasiou for being a true ambassador of Pipistrel. His contribution is on par with those of Michael Coates (2x NASA winning pilot on Virus SW, first crossing from Australia to New Zealand), Philippe  Zen (FAI World Champion 2001, Vice-Champion 2005 on Sinus 912) and Matevz Lenarcic (Around-the-world flight in 2004 on Sinus 912). Before this victory, Anastasiou has completed numerous extreme flights, including the Athens-Nordkapp journey and altitude record flights with Taurus M.

-Mr. Pierre Cormi, who demonstrated exceptional capability of Virus SW during this race by claiming the third place after Pipistrel’s Sinus 912, making this double podium a truly memorable event.

-Finesse Max, Pipistrel’s distributor in France, and all their team, who played a major organization, preparation and operational role in the race.

Thank you all very much!

Velika zmaga in dvojne stopničke za Pipistrel na tekmovanju Paris-Madrid Green Air Challenge

Tekmovanje Paris-Madrid Green Air Challenge 2011 ovekoveča 100-obletnico prve letalske dirke Morane-Saulier med Parizom in Madridom iz leta 1911, hkrati pa se osredotoča na iskanje inovativnih letal, ki izstopajo s svojimi aerodinamičnimi lastnostmi, varčnimi letali in modernimi materiali.

Pipistrel ponosno sporoča, da sta naši letali osvojili dvojne stopničke na dirki Paris-Madrid Green Air Challenge 2011. Po odmevnih zmagah na tekmovanjih NASA Personal Air Vehicle (PAV 2007) in NASA General Aviation Technology (GAT 2008) je Pipistrel zopet dokazal svojo premoč v hudi konkurenci, tokrat kar z dvema letaloma – Sinus 912 in Virus SW 100. Dvojne stopničke so odraz vsestranskostki in ekstremne varčnosti naših letal.

Na dirki je morala vsaka ekipa preleteti razdaljo med Parizom in Madridom v več delih, vsega skupaj 1229 km – cilj je bilo preleteti razdaljo kar se da hitro in s čim manjšo porabo goriva, medtem ko je bil na polovici dirke še test proizvedenega hrupa v zraku.  Kriterij za izračun končnega rezultata je bil sledeč: hitrost, uporabna teža (tovor), poraba goriva, dolet, proizveden hrup in varnostne lastnosti.

Sinus 912 (registracija F-JRZQ), ki ga je pilotiral Michail Anastasiou, je zmagalo na dirki z veliko prednostjo. Letalo Virus SW 100 (registracija F-JSER), ki ga je pilotiral Pierre Cormi, pa je zasedlo tretje mesto. To dokazuje superiornost Pipistrelovih letal pri varčnem in učinkovitem letenju. Pipistrel čestita obema zmagovalnima pilotoma za fantastičen dosežek. Čestitke tudi organizatorjem dirke za okolju prijazno iniciativo.

Več o sami dirki lahko najdete na sledeči spletni strani: http://parismadrid2011.free.fr/PM2011/index.php?lng=en

Krasen video Craiga Peytona o Green Air Challenge-u z angleškimi komentarji si lahko ogledate tukaj: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnykUO3mROU

Za informacije o vseh sodelujočih na dirki obiščite http://parismadrid2011.free.fr/PM2011/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=119
Več fotografij: http://parismadrid2011.free.fr/PM2011/plugins/diaporama/diaporama.php?lng=fr&diapo_id=7&diapo_page=2

Pipistrel se zahvaljuje… 
-zmagovalnemu pilotu Michail-u Anastasiou, za vlogo ambasadorja Pipistrelove tehnologije po svetu. Njegovi dosežki se kosajo z dosežki Michaela Coatesa (dvakratni zmagovalni pilot letala Virus SW na natečaju agencije NASA,prvi prelet od Avstralije do Nove Zelandije), Philippe-a  Zena (FAI svetovni prvak 2001, Vice-prvak 2005 z letalom Sinus 912) in Matevža Lenarčiča (Polet okoli sveta leta 2004 z letalom Sinus 912). Pred to zmago je g.Anastasiou opravil številne ekstremne polete, vključno z letom Atene (Gr) – Nordkapp (Nor) in postavil več višinskih rekordov z letalom Taurus M.

-pilotu Pierre-u Cormi, ki je na dirki demonstriral izjemne sposobnosti letala Virus SW in z doseženim tretjim mestom dopolnil velik uspeh zmagovalnega Sinusa 912.

-podjetju Finesse Max in njegovemu osebju, Pipistrelovim zastopnikom v Franciji, saj so s svojim delom odigrali pomembno vlogo pri organizaciji, pripravah in izvršitvi dirke.

Vsem iskrena hvala!