Aircraft Review

July 2014 Issue

Pipistrel Panthera: A Retrac for the New Age

It hasn’t hit its speed marks yet, but the Panthera is docile, comfortable and economical. A new engine will improve its runway performance.

How about this for an overused cliché? “It looks fast standing still.” It’s been applied to everything from cars, to boats and the occasional airplane, with arguable truth. But when Pipistrel’s exotic Panthera appeared as a prototype two years ago, it was mobbed at the Aero Expo in Friedrichshafen and none of the people waiting in line to see it were heard debating its sleek good looks.

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