On Sunday, 23. July, we were honoured by an important visit of European Commissioner for Transport, Mrs. Violeta Bulc and the members of the Cabinet. We spent a beautiful day together and shared many pleasant moments in their company.
The members of the Cabinet and the Commissioner Mrs. Bulc expressed a lot of interest in Pipistrel’s R&D projects, especially the ones from the area of electric mobility, partially financed by the European Commission. Pipistrel employees were pleased to present the two main projects that are currently going on; the industrialisation of the electric training aircraft, the WATTsUP; and a hybrid propulsion for 4-seat aircraft.
Alpha Electro has been developed, in part, through WATTsUP project. WATTsUPs project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 683959.
MAHEPA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723368”..
The members were happy to listen to a lecture about the history and achievements of Pipistrel and about future R&D projects, such as the development of an electric aerial taxi vehicle for urban transport in cooperation with UBER, and the 19-seat passenger aircraft with hybrid propulsion.
After that they took a walk through all the phases of development, prototyping, testing and production of aircraft in the Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovščina building and the Pipistrel Vertical Solution building.
And after that they took all their newly-acquired knowledge into practice! They were able to test Pipistrel aircraft and get to know them in the air. They took a flight with the electric aircraft, piloted by Pipistrel General Manager and pilot instructor Ivo Boscarol, and by the 4-seat Panthera, piloted by a Pipistrel Factory Pilot, Mr. Robert Likar.
Who’s going to be next? 🙂
We took some photos of the expressions of their faces… and we will let you decide if they enjoyed it or not!
The visit was concluded with a meal in the idyllic environment of the Springs of Vipava river, in the Podfarovž restaurant.
All of us spent a really nice day in each other’s company and we hope for more such events in the future!