The editors argumented their choice with the following words:
“Slovenia’s Pipistrel redefined general aviation by becoming the first company to certify an electrically powered aircraft—cutting emissions, noise and operating costs along the way. Pipistrel received European Union Aviation Safety Agency type certification for the battery-powered Velis Electro in July 2020, and the quiet aircraft has allowed the reintroduction of flight operations during weekends and holidays.”
Pipistrel was already nominated for the award once before, in the year 2017, but this is the first time that this award placed us alongside eminent names such as Piper, Sikorsky, Boeing, Rutan, Bezos…
Ivo Boscarol, the Pipistrel CEO, said:
“It is the greatest honour for Pipistrel to receive the Aviation Week Laureate Award. This is the aviation award with the longest tradition and it gives the highest possible international recognition to Pipistrel. I am overjoyed that one of the most reputable aviation media, the Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, recognized the milestone in aviation which Pipistrel achieved with the certification of Velis Electro.
We are grateful that Aviation Week Network’s forward-looking attitude supports our long-term vision of noiseless and emission-free flight. This has proven to us that we are on the right track. On such a journey, media support is invaluable.
Please let me thank you in the name of the entire Pipistrel team for all your support on our path towards clean skies. It means a lot to me personally as well, as I have dedicated 30 years of my life to contributing to cleaner and quieter aviation. This prize confirms that there is indeed a great future in the electric flight and we are honoured to be here to create it!”