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Several prominent persons from public life trust Pipistrel Aircraft

OWNERS OF PIPISTREL AIRCRAFT

Matevž Lenarčič

Extreme pilot and adventurist who flew around the world twice with two different Pipistrel aircraft, flew over the top of Mt. Everest, over the North Pole and landed in the Antarctic.
For his achievements he won the title of “Aviator of the Year” for the year 2013.

Sergio Lins Andrade

One of the most influential Brazilian businessmen, President and Executive Director of Grupo Andrade Gutierrez S/A.
Sinus & Taurus owner. In fact, he was the first Sinus owner in Brazil!

George Gavrilović

Owner of the famous brand of meat products Gavrilović, has a Pipistrel Sinus and a Pipistrel Virus SW, which is the most equipped UL in this part of Europe.

Steve Morse

The guitar player of the group Deep Purple, owns a Pipistrel Sinus and a Pipistrel Apis.

Soichiro Fukutake

Japanese businessman, Sinus owner.

Mr. Fukutake is a billionare, #854 in the Forbes world billionaires list and #18 richest person in Japan.
Soichiro Fukutake runs Benesse Holdings, which owns leading exam-prep schools, Berlitz language schools, correspondence courses and more than 200 nursing homes. Benesse is expanding schools in China, Taiwan and Korea. Fukutake also chairs and helped fund an R&D outfit called Sim-Drive which is developing new motor designs for electric vehicles.
He owns Benesse Art Site, an art park on a group of islands in Japan’s Inland Sea featuring top contemporary artists and a museum designed by Tadao Andoh.

Mr. Fukutake lives in Japan and New Zealand.

Giorgio Perfetti

The third largest confectionery manufacturer in the world and owner of brands such as Brooklyn, Chlormint, Chupa Chups, Happydent, Mentos, Golia, Vivident, Big Babol etc.

Klaus Ohlmann

German glider pilot who has established 36 world records approved by FAI and the first glider pilot to fly over Mount Everest.

VISITORS AT THE PIPISTREL FACTORY

Larry Page

The founder and co-owner of Google, visited Pipistrel in 2009 with his spouse Lucinda.

Joseph Borrell

The president of the European Parliament, visited Pipistrel in February 2007 together with several members of European parliament, among them Lojze Peterle.

Joe Sutter

The constructor of Boeing 747, visited Pipistrel in July 2006 to have a look at the production facility and a talk with the Pipistrel engineers.

His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and HRH Princess Basmah Hamzah

Janez Janša

At the time the prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia, together with the members of Slovene government, visited Pipistrel in April 2006.

Mr. Janez Janša, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia,
Mr. Andrej Vizjak, the Minister of the Economy,
Mrs. Nika Dolinar, head of the Prime Minister’s office,
Mag. Katja Lautar, the counsel of the Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s office,
Mr. Valentin Hajdinjak, Press Officer of the Government , Prime Minister’s office,
Mrs. Lejla Kogej, Public Relations, minister of the economy office,
Mrs. Eva Irgl, member of the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia

Lojze Peterle

Member of EU Parliament and the first Prime Minister of Slovenia, surprised his friend Tone Krkovič for his 50th birthday with a visit to Pipistrel and a flight.
Krkovič was the head of 1st special brigade MORIS and the General who briefed the 1st Slovenian President Mr Milan Kučan on Declaration of Independecy of Slovenia on 26 June 1991.

The president of Guatemala and members of his goverment admired the Pipistrel aircraft during the Euro Expo show in 2008.

OTHER IMPORTANT GUESTS AND EVENTS

Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II and His Royal Higness Duke of Edinburgh

Pipistrel CEO Ivo Boscarol had the honour to meet Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II during an official lunch event on 22 October 2008.

Scale model of Pipistrel‘s Taurus G4 permanently on display in ICAO’s main hall

The International Civil Aviation Organization – ICAO – hung a scale model of Pipistrel’s Taurus G4 in their headquarters in Montreal, Canada. The scale 1:4 model of Pipistrel’s aircraft Taurus G4 now hangs in a striking location in the central hall of the ICAO seat – 15 metres above the ground, suspended from 30m long ropes.

FLEET EXPERIENCE AND REFERENCES

Fleet experience and references:
Almost 200 of our Surveyors are already flying as OPV or UAV in different parts of the world, including:
Amazilia Aerospace GmbH – Germany
ARGUS Aviation Technologies AG – Switzerland
Beijing HXHD Science & Technology Co., Ltd – China
Brigata Folgore Esercito Italiano – Italia
Danish Armed Forces – Denmark
DZYNEtech – USA
Government of Jharkhand – India
IIT Kampur – India
Indian Airforce – India
Indian Navy – India
King Abdullaziz KACST – Saudi Arabia
Military University of Technology -Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna – Poland
Ministry of Defense – China
Ministry of Defense – Slovenia
Ministry of Interior – Slovakia
NASA – USA
Quing An – China
SOCOM – USA – (more info: https://www.pipistrel-aircraft.com/pipistrels-surveyor-deployed-also-with-us-special-forces/ )
Tata Airspace – India
Technology Service Corp. – USA
US Airforce – USA
Weizhen Aviation Technology – China
Wings For Aid Foundation – Netherlands

Pipistrel has a valid Consent for Production and Trade of Military Weapons and Equipment
from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Slovenia.

R&D PROJECTS

NASA

Pipistrel is known worldwide for aerodynamically efficient aircraft design and can work with you to improve the aerodynamics of your design. Pipistrel exquisite design was awarded many times by NASA. The agency declared the Virus SW as the world’s most efficient light sport aircraft in the PAV Challenge in 2007 and the GAT Challenge in 2008. In 2011 the Taurus G4 won the third NASA challenge, the Green Flight Challenge, proving Pipistrel’s aerodynamic design capability worldwide.
NASA launched the Green Flight Challenge 2011 competition with the largest prize in aviation history (1.3M$) to develop an electric powered aircraft capable of flying 200 miles in less than one hour using the energy equivalent of 1 gallon of fuel per passenger. The minimum efficiency criteria figure – in passengers miles per hours (pmpg) – was 200, but Pipistrel won the competition by totaling 403 pmpg. The innovative winning aircraft, the Taurus G4, features a twin fuselage concept with a large central wing housing the most powerful electric aviation motor ever developed (145Kw) at the time. The victory proves that out-of-the-box thinking sets new milestones in aviation.

Uber

We are proud and excited that Uber recognized our values, expertise and leadership in electric flight. This partnership marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards entirely new ways in travelling, not only saving time, but also being friendly to the environment. Uber has signed a partnership with Pipistrel for large-scale deployment of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicles (VTOLs) in a mission of providing a safe, reliable transportation service to everyone, everywhere. Pipistrel will provide the vehicle for Uber’s “push a button and get a flight” through the Uber Elevate Network, offering mobility options on demand in cities around the world. (more info: https://www.uber.com/us/en/elevate/)

Mark Moore, Director of Engineering for Aviation
»Uber is excited to have Pipistrel working with us and starting to develop VTOLs for Uber Elevate. Pipistrel is the only company in the world that builds and sells electric aircraft today. With brand new factory to increase their capacity, they are a valued partner in making Uber’s VTOL network a reality.«
The design of Pipistrel’d eVTOL for Uber technologically advances next generation propulsion insights, unlocking eVTOL opportunity by addressing efficiency and noise hurdles in vertical lift, hover, and cruise stages. Advanced fans draw 50% less power in hover than traditional rotors; as battery technology improves over time, Pipistrel’s eVTOL stays ahead of the competition with its proprietary propulsion system; its cruise efficient shape will amplify impact of more powerful batteries on aircraft range, speed and payload.

Siemens

We are happy we were a part of a successful test flight of the aircraft with new 260 kW Siemens electric aircraft motor, accomplished on 24. June 2016. The aircraft featured two battery packs, each with 14 high-power Li-Ion battery modules with a capacity of 18.6kWh, developed by Pipistrel.

Project website:
https://plugin-magazine.com/driving/siemens-succesfully-flew-new-260-kw-electric-aircraft-engine/

Press release:
https://assets.new.siemens.com/siemens/assets/api/uuid:ebec9d74-a0d1-410b-9eb1-ecfd337be020/PR2016070333COEN.pdf

DLR H2YFLY – Hy4 2016 Stuttgart

Pipistrel is proud to announce that we were one of the partners in the “HY4” project – the world’s first four-seat passenger aircraft powered by a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell propulsion. The aircraft accomplished a successful first public flight on 29. September 2016.
HY4 took off from the airport in Stuttgart at 11:15 am and performed a short 15-minute demonstrative flight above the public and the media.

More info HERE.
Official news: https://www.dlr.de/tt/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10743/

EU PROJECTS

Pipistrel has coordinated and participated in a number of EU and national projects. Operating our in-house Project Management Office, we have successfully completed high-profile projects in the field of advanced electric propulsion, industrialization of electric aircraft, state-of-the art aerodynamic research and other exciting fields related to aviation, mobility and high-tech solutions. High emphasis is also to educate new generations of aerospace professionals through applied research, multidisciplinary engineering and cutting-edge technological development.

We participated in projects such as ENODISE, UNIFIER19, HEAVEN, ARTEM, MAHEPA, WATTsUP, MIKELANGELO, HYPSTAIR, RBF4AERO, FORTISSIMO. To see the portfolio of our successfully completed projects please CLICK HERE.

We are always looking to participate in new projects, so if you are looking for an experienced project partner or your consortium needs a suitable project coordinator, do not hesitate to contact us at projects@pipistrel.si.

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