April 2015 Issue
Pipistrel Alpha Trainer: Light, Efficient, Innovative
Pipistrel has found a niche for a less expensive trainer that angles for predictably low operating costs and docile manners. An electric version is on the way.
The notion that a basic training aircraft should be light, cheap and small has been dented by the advent of the 400 kilobuck Cessna 172, which is none of those things. But one of the companies that hasn’t abandoned the minimalist trainer idea is Pipistrel, the innovative Slovenian aircraft maker that continues to plumb the bleeding edge of aero tech with new designs, one of which is the Alpha Trainer we’ll look at in this review. An electric version may appear this year.
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