The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected the Pipistrel Velis Electro’s technical team to receive their renowned Aircraft Design Award “…for creating the world’s first certified electric aircraft, leading the marketplace in a new era of green aircraft design and technology”, as stated by the AIAA.

Pipistrel Velis Electro

Pipistrel Velis Electro technical team

Pipistrel Velis Electro technical team

The AIAA awards this prize every year to individuals or teams for an original concept or career contributions leading to a significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology. From now on, the Velis Electro will join the list of famed laureates such as the iconic Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 technical teams, and personalities such as Burt Rutan, Joe Sutter and many more referents of the aeronautical engineering.

The Pipistrel Velis Electro was recognized during the 2021 AIAA Aviation Forum on 6 August at a ceremony held virtually due to the covid restrictions in place. The award was presented to Paolo Romagnolli, Head of Engineering, and Tine Tomažič, Chief Technical Officer, on behalf of the whole Velis Electro development team, which includes engineers, technicians, managers and administrative personnel that brought this aircraft to life.

Pipistrel is grateful to the AIAA for this recognition of our effort in making the aviation cleaner and more affordable. The Pipistrel Velis Electro is the spearhead of a new era in aeronautics and this award clearly shows we are on the right path.