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Panthera - successful first engine start

Panthera rollout and first engine start

On March 28th 2013, the prototype of Panthera (which debuted in 2012) rolled out of the Pipistrel's factory in Ajdovscina, Slovenia. The Pipistrel engineers and technicians performed a successful first engine start and ground runs of the 210 HP Lycoming engine, verifying design parameters and engine operation.
Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel's CEO says: "It is very exciting to witness the tests and see the aeroplane come to life for the very first time. This is definitely a very important milestone in the development of Panthera. We look forward to the continuation of tests and the first flight soon!"

The work will continue on functional ground tests and preparation for first flight, followed by a complete flight test programme. 
Panthera is a revolutionary 4-seat General Aviation aeroplane, capable of flying 4 people for 1000 NM, cruising at 200 kts, burning only 10 gallons of fuel per hour. With full composite construction with titanium retractable undercarriage, enhanced comfort and parachute rescue system standard, Panthera can be equipped with the conventional, hybrid, or all electric propulsion system.

Press release issued by Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovscina on March 29, 2013

 

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