After a series of prestigious international awards, the Slovenian airplane maker Pipistrel continues to be one of the very best on the market. The first major event this year was participation at the AERO Friedrichshafen fair, one of the largest European aviation fairs. Pipistrel participated with six different models of aircraft – four microlights, one completely electric aircraft and the four-seater Panthera in the GA category. At the Pipistrel expo area there were distributors from 16 different countries offering service in 14 world languages.
The "Aerokurier", one of Europe’s leading General Aviation magazines, has done an online reader survey to find out which aircraft and which product should be awarded with the title »Aircraft of the future« or »Product of the future« in its category. 2079 users who participated in the survey were asked to choose the aircraft/product which represented the highest level of innovation in each category.
The readers of Aerokurier had defined six different categories and we are proud to announce that in the category »Single engine Aircraft of the Future« Pipistrel's Panthera won with 16.2 percent of all the votes!
The results were as follows:
1. Pipistrel with the aircraft Panthera - 16,2% of votes
2. Diamond Aircraft Industries with the DA-40 NG - 14,9% of votes
3. Cirrus Aircraft with the SR 22T Generation 5 - 13,9% of votes
4. Auila with the A211 - 9,6% of votes
5. Robin Aircraft with the DR 400 Ecoflyer - 7,9% of votes
Tecnam with the P2010 - 7,9% of votes
Just two days later, Pipistrel's two-seat microlight Alpha Trainer was selected as "The best light aircraft of the year 2013" by the aviation newspaper "Fliegermagazin". This is already the second Fliegermagazin award that Pipistrel received - last year Panthera was awarded the "Best 4-seater" title.