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Pipistrel Panthera Expected To Earn EASA Certification Soon

The Pipistrel Panthera in flight
The Pipistrel Panthera in flight

The Pipistrel Panthera is currently expected to have close to a 200-knot cruise speed.

At AERO Friedrichshafen earlier this month, Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel showed off their four-seat Panthera aircraft, sporting a new Lycoming IO-540 aircraft engine. The aircraft if reportedly drawing close to earning an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification, according to Pipistrel’s CEO Ivo Boscarol, speaking at AERO, though it’s gone through many changes to get there.

More Details on the Pipistrel Panthera

According to Flying, the latest version of the Panthera has incorporated more than 200 design changes, ranging from small to large, since the first Panthera prototype took to the skies for flight testing in 2013.1 The cabin, for example, has been expanded in order to provide more leg and head room, though the largest change, according to Boscarol, is replacing the original Lycoming IO-390 engine used in the prototype with the IO-540.

Current Pipistrel Panthera Specs2

Category Utility (+4.4 g, -1.76 g)
Powerplant Lycoming IO-540V
 Rated power 2 60 HP

Weight and Dimensions

MTOM 2900 lbs (1315 kg)
Useful Payload 1100 lbs (500 kg)
 Total Usable Fuel 2 x 27.7 gallons (2 x 105 L)
Full Fuel Payload 770 lbs (350 kg)
Wing Span 35 feet 8 inches (10.86 m)
Length 26 feet 6 inches (8.07 m)
Height 7 feet 2 inches (2.19 m)
Wing Area 121 sq ft (11.2 sq m)

Performance (MTOM)

Stall speed (flaps extended) 60 KIAS
Stall speed (flaps retracted) 65 KIAS
Rotation Speed at MTOM 60 KIAS
Maneuvering Speed Va 143 KIAS
Maximum structural cruise speed Vc 175 KIAS
Never exceed speed Vne 220 KIAS
Maximum Horizontal Speed 203 KTAS
Performance cruise speed at 75% power, FL 80 198 KTAS
Economy cruise speed at 65% power, FL 120 193 KTAS
Climb rate at MTOM and 105 KIAS 1,550 fpm (7.9 m/s)
Take off run 967.8 feet (295 m)
Take-off distance (50 ft obstacle) 1,771.6 feet (540 m)
Approach speed 80 KTAS
Landing distance (50 ft obstacle) 1870 feet (570 m)
Fuel consumption at performance cruise speed 14.8 gal/hr (56 L/hr)
Fuel consumption at economy cruise speed 12.15 gal/hr (46 L/hr)
Range with 45 min reserve* 1000 nm
Ceiling 24,935 feet (7600 m)

* At 155 KTAS, FL 120, with 4 people (4 x 86 kg) onboard.

Pipistrel says the specs may change as the design process finalizes, and that take-off and landing data is valid for ISA sea level conditions.

EASA Certification Head Trevor Woods checking out the Pipistrel Panthera at 2017 AERO
EASA’s Head of Certification, Trevor Woods tries the Panthera at AERO Friedrichshafen, photo courtesy of Pipistrel.

Flying is also reporting that the base price for the Pipistrel Panthera is expected to be about $480,000.1

Featured Image: courtesy of Pipistrel

Footnotes and Sources:

1 – Panthera Evolves as EASA Certification Nears, Stephen Pope and Marino Boric, Flying, Retrieved 4-20-17

2 – Pipistrel Panthera Technical Data, Pipistrel, Retrieved 4-20-17

Anders Clark was introduced to aviation a few short years ago, and has developed an interest in aviation history and what the future of aviation will bring. A writer and editor, Anders enjoys researching and sharing the stories of aviation.