Pipistrel has launched a new model in its range; the Explorer is fully EASA type-certified in the "normal" category using a type-certified engine, capable of running on automotive fuel; and approved for night-VFR operations, intentional spins and glider-towing.
It is equipped with an advanced autopilot, dual touch-screen glass cockpit, dual COM, ADS-B In & Out, haptic stall-warning, full-airframe ballistic parachute rescue system, type-certified hydraulic constant-speed propeller and airbrakes. The Explorer can be used for commercial operations and is intended for pilot training, and as a private aircraft for long trips.
Pipistrel's award-winning design philosophy created an aircraft with best-in-class energy performance, unlocking long-range capabilities that are further enhanced by the high-wing design and excellent view from the cabin through Explorer's oversized transparent doors. The Explorer, says Pipistrel, enables flight schools to substitute their multi-aircraft system with this single platform, obsoleting the need to use at least one aircraft for basic training and another for advanced training. By combining such capabilities into a single aircraft, both initial and running costs advantages could be achieved.
The Explorer can easily be dismantled in less than 15 minutes and stored in a dedicated trailer. A normal car can tow the aircraft in the trailer, should this be desired, and a hangar is not needed.
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