Pipistrel Aircraft's grand designs

Pipistrel Aircraft of Slovenia is determined to take its tech global, not least the ground-breaking Velis Electro two-seater. Tom Batchelor reports

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CEO Ivo Boscarol founded Pipistrel Aircraft in 1989
All images courtesy of Pipistrel Aircraft

Slovenia’s mix of mountains, lakes and Adriatic coastline makes it a top central European tourist destination, but the country of just over 2 million people punches above its weight in other areas too, not least aircraft production. Pipistrel Aircraft, a designer and manufacturer based in the Slovenian town of Ajdovščina, close to the Italian city of Trieste, specialises in energy-efficient and affordable high-performance light aircraft and has produced more than 2,500 planes for customers worldwide in the more than 30 years it has been in operation.

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