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Pipistrel LSA s.r.l.

Pipistrel has designed and manufactures a range of beautiful, sleek aircraft that have found markets around the world. Starting with gliders and motorgliders, Pipistrel now offers a line of powered aircraft using multiple power sources.

Organized in 1992, Pipistrel maintained a presence in the American aviation market since their tricycle-gear Sinus motorglider first flew as an Experimental-Exhibition aircraft. Since then, the Virus available in two configurations including a shorter winged SW model arrived along with the Taurus powered sailplane, a rare side-by-side example that steps up from the pure Apis Bee sailplane and motorglider. At opposite ends of this impressive spectrum of aircraft designs are the Panthera, a supersleek four seater in development, and weight shift trikes called Spider and Twister. While you might see this offering of aircraft as unusually broad, that listing doesn't tell the whole story. In the fall of 2011, Pipistrel competed in another NASA challenge with a dual Taurus airframes mated together around a massive electric powerplant. The company won big prizes in two previous NASA challenges so all other teams nervously prepared to compete with the ambitious group from Pipistrel.

Let's talk about names for a minute. To start, Sinus is pronounced "Seen-Us" and Virus is pronounced "Veer-Us" so the names are not what you thought. The Slovenian company with another factory in Italy (the source of the American LSA) is called Pipistrel. Americans might quietly accept the brand name, but Pipistrel has a fascinating history. Company founder Ivo Boscarol started his enterprise by building trikes when we called his present country Yugoslavia. Though illegal to fly privately Ivo was passionate; he flew in the evening to avoid the attention of officials. At dusk, his delta-winged trike appeared to be a bat in flight. "Pipistrel" is the Latin word for bat and the name stuck. While the model names may be unusual, the airplanes are gorgeous and their factory is a gleaming example that shows the care the Pipistrel takes in their enterprise.

After producing more than 300 of their first three-axis aircraft, Sinus remains a remarkable yet versatile flying machine. Even fully loaded, Sinus can lift off in less than 300 feet at sea level. Climb is a breathtaking 1,200 feet per minute and cruise holds 110 knots (126 mph) while consuming only 2.6 gallons per hour of premium car fuel. Loss of power is less critical with Sinus' glide ratio of 28:1 in solo flight with the prop feathered. Sinus weighs only 626 pounds empty, giving a useful load of 664 pounds. Any pilot has to admire her 50-foot wingspan with glass smoothness and smooth contours. Virus and Virus SW follow this design logic. Your choices are broad in Pipistrel's line and the great challenge is not if but which model to choose.

Pipistrel LSA s.r.l.

Web Site: www.pipistrel.eu
eMail: datarevi@libero.it
Address: Via Aquileia 75
City: Gorizia, -- 34170 Italy
Phone: (0481) 522-000
Fax: (0481) 522-110


Pipistrel USA

Web Site: www.pipistrel-usa.com
eMail: info@pipistrel-usa.com
Phone: (213) 984-1237


Links to Aircraft and Articles

Alpha    Add to favorites list
  Pipistrel -- Alpha Trainer (0912)
MIDWEST LSA EXPO 2012 -- One of our series of many short videos from the fall show, this one is one of the newest in the LSA fleet. This is Pipistrel's Alpha Trainer and it has already seen market success in the USA and around the world, thanks significantly to its excellent price: $85,000 (in 2012 and before expenses like shipping and FAA registration). Simple, yes, but Alpha has all a recreational pilot might want.
  SPLOG Pre-Sebring 2013 LSA News Wrap, 01/16/2013
 
SPLOG begins: Patty Wagstaff and LSA? This week brings the start of the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo and excitement is high. Following are some news items to those who follow this event and the light, recreational aircraft space. On Friday, January 18th, Sebring
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  SPLOG Light-Sport Aircraft... at Home and Abroad, 09/25/2012
 
SPLOG begins: My European associate and friend, Jan Fridrich , coined a phrase a few years ago: "Global LSA," he said, meaning the ASTM standards set could be used in any country and thereby create a worldwide market for recreational aircraft. Already a few accept
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  SPLOG LSA & Lightplane Highlights at Oshkosh 2012, 08/06/2012
 
SPLOG begins: In the near future, we'll present fuller stories of some of the following short bits from Oshkosh 2012. With UltralightMews, we shot videos on most of the following, too, so watch for those as we can post them. Enjoy! CESSNA & PRIMARY CATEGORY Early on
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  SPLOG Quick LSA Review of What's Expected at Oshkosh, 07/19/2012
 
SPLOG begins: I have several targets on my radar for follow-up at the big show that starts July 23rd. Here's a beforehand review; details will follow. |||| *** LSA seaplanes will generate plenty of interest, I think, with Icon 's latest announcements and the dreamy
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  SPLOG Pipistrel Finalizes a New LSA Trainer, 05/17/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Engineers at Pipistrel must not sleep in too often. This company, which won the NASA efficiency challenge several times — in 2011 taking home a $1.35 million cash prize! — just unveiled a full-size version of a sleek four seat design called
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Taurus    Add to favorites list
  Pipistrel -- Interview with boss Ivo Boscarol
Describing the Pipistrel is interesting in three ways: the company name (a story by itself), the LSA industry's broadest line of composite airplanes; and Pipistrel's success winning three NASA efficiency contests. The factory in Slovenia is equally impressive. Our video cannot give all the details of this very active company celebrating 25 years in business, but we'll introduce you to the boss and U.S. importer Michael Coates plus we'll tell you how to find more.
  SPLOG Pipistrel's Flexible Sinus & Soarable Taurus, 09/14/2013
 
SPLOG begins: After Germany's Aero 2013 event, we traveled to Pipistrel . It was our first visit to Slovenia, a country of four million with a section of the Alps running through it and a lovely route called the Emerald Trail to view the tall mountains. Slovenia proved
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  SPLOG Pipistrel Benchmarks, News, Developments, 12/28/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Known for their several lucrative wins at the NASA Challenge events, Pipistrel also logged market successes in the USA and around the world during 2012. The manufacturer with a range from weight shift trikes to electric-powered gliders to Light-Sport
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  SPLOG Triple Play: Pipistrel Wins SLSA Approvals, 06/26/2011
 
SPLOG begins: After a pause in new SLSA, Pipistrel burst onto the scene with multiple approvals, three at once reports Michael Coates , the importer for Pipistrel USA . We raced to get these placed on the SLSA List because it's news, but also because FAA uses this
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  SPLOG Pipistrel's Twin Taurus... Could They Win Again?, 05/06/2011
 
SPLOG begins: Question: What looks like two motorgliders flying in really tight formation sharing an engine... er, a motor, literally between them? Can this Burt Rutan-looking aircraft (photo) win the big dough? And I mean seriously big money with a purse of $1,650,000!
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Virus (glider)    Add to favorites list
  Pipistrel -- Virus (motorglider)
Pipistrel is a European producer of a family of airplanes with very smooth lines and handsome shapes. Winner of the NASA efficiency flight prize a few years ago, we have a look at the Virus (pronounced "veer-us") that won a big check but our review can significantly apply to the Sinus ("seen-us") motorglider. And the company also offers the Taurus, a powered sailplane... all are remarkably sleek birds in the LSA space.
  SPLOG Triple Play: Pipistrel Wins SLSA Approvals, 06/26/2011
 
SPLOG begins: After a pause in new SLSA, Pipistrel burst onto the scene with multiple approvals, three at once reports Michael Coates , the importer for Pipistrel USA . We raced to get these placed on the SLSA List because it's news, but also because FAA uses this
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Virus SW    Add to favorites list
  Pipistrel -- Virus SW (2010)
Pipistrel, headquartered in Slovenia with U.S.-bound manufacturing done in nearby Italy, has a line of interesting models. In this video we examine the Virus SW, for Short Wing. We've previously reviewed the long wing version and the Sinus motorglider. In addition this company makes a powered sailplane and they started with weight shift trikes. Pipistrel has also distinguished itself with a string of victories in NASA efficiency contests, more recently winning an astounding $1.3 million.
  SPLOG After Aero — Visiting Rotax and Pipistrel, 05/01/2013
 
SPLOG begins: We paid two memorable visits after Aero ended and I'll tell you a little about each one ... but first ... While I was at Pipistrel in the office of boss Ivo Boscarol, he received word that Matevz Lenarcic had reached the North Pole on his flight reported
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  SPLOG Light Aircraft Flight Over the North Pole, 04/22/2013
 
SPLOG begins: Matevz Lenarcic is in the air again. Lenarcic is the daring pilot who has already flown around the world ... twice! Some pilots simply don't know when to rest on their earlier achievements. Indeed, today Matevz embarked on a solo flight over the North
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  SPLOG Pipistrel Benchmarks, News, Developments, 12/28/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Known for their several lucrative wins at the NASA Challenge events, Pipistrel also logged market successes in the USA and around the world during 2012. The manufacturer with a range from weight shift trikes to electric-powered gliders to Light-Sport
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  SPLOG Pipistrel Able to Deliver Customer LSA Again, 08/23/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Two days ago, Aero-News Network was first to break a news story ("Stupid Fed Trix") about FAA blocking Pipistrel from the ability to get Airworthiness Certificates for aircraft awaiting customer delivery. The problem was not a new model FAA had never
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  SPLOG Triple Play: Pipistrel Wins SLSA Approvals, 06/26/2011
 
SPLOG begins: After a pause in new SLSA, Pipistrel burst onto the scene with multiple approvals, three at once reports Michael Coates , the importer for Pipistrel USA . We raced to get these placed on the SLSA List because it's news, but also because FAA uses this
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Sinus    Add to favorites list
  Pipistrel -- Sinus (motorglider LSA - 04/11)
Pipistrel has a wide variety of Light-Sport Aircraft from trikes (where they started long ago) to powered sailplanes to motorgliders to more conventional fixed wing aircraft. In this video we examine the Sinus (pronounced SEEN-us) in taildragger configuration - it is also available in tricycle gear. This impressive company earned SLSA status for three models earlier in 2011 and they are moving up the sales charts.
  $8.95 Sinus Motorglider
"Sleek, Comfortable and Fun; The Sinus Motorglider" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, October, 2005.
 
Pilot Report begins: Many Americans will agree the name of this aircraft is odd, and that may be a kind word for the common reaction to "Sinus." Is the name that important? Sinus (pronounced Seen-us), the aircraft, is a sleek, slender machine capable of impressive performance. Any soaring-attuned pilot can easily live with the name Sinus for the 49-foot span and, get this, 28-to-1 glide performance! On first glance, except for its elegant, shapely, and thin wings, the Sinus looks like a proper light sport airplane. Pilot
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  SPLOG New Pipistrel Benchmarks: 25 Years / 600 Aircraft, 02/14/2014
 
SPLOG begins: One of the top LSA manufacturers and a coming producer of four seaters is Pipistrel , which I visited last year . Recently the company announced that it completed and delivered its 600th aircraft, after which they shipped it halfway around the globe to
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  SPLOG Pipistrel Benchmarks, News, Developments, 12/28/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Known for their several lucrative wins at the NASA Challenge events, Pipistrel also logged market successes in the USA and around the world during 2012. The manufacturer with a range from weight shift trikes to electric-powered gliders to Light-Sport
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  SPLOG A Pair of New SLSA Arrive Before AOPA Summit 2011, 09/21/2011
 
SPLOG begins: Just in time for this year's AOPA Summit , welcome to a pair of Special Light-Sport Aircraft, numbers 121 and 122 : the first, the formerly named NG 5 LSA, rebadged as the Bristell Fastback by importer Liberty Sport Aviation of Pennsylvania; and the second
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  SPLOG Rotax 503 Launch...then, Silence is Golden, 03/21/2008
 
SPLOG begins: Some of you know the Pipistrel line. Americans have seen two of their models: the Sinus and Virus (yep, those awkward, even distasteful names...except representatives prefer to say SEEN-us and VEER-us). Fortunately Taurus is easier on the American tongue,
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  SPLOG Money from the Sky; Pipistrel Wins Big!, 10/29/2007
 
SPLOG begins: We've all heard the line: To make a small fortune in aviation, start with a big one. Yet thanks to Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation and NASA , the laws of gravity seem reversed. A Pipistrel Virus (say: "VeerUs") went home from
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