Welcome to the Pipistrel aircraft update for February 2011
Introducing: Taurus Electro Generation 2 (G2) Available Now!
Pipistrel are announcing that the second generation of the electric-powered two-seat self-launching glider, the “Taurus Electro” is now in serial production and available to customers world-wide. By the end of 2011 more than 20 happy owners will receive their aircraft!
The Taurus Electro G2 is the only electric 2-seat aeroplane in serial production currently available on the market. Furthermore, Pipistrel believes it is the only truly useful electric aircraft flying, because the electric drive system is fitted to a glider airframe, where the battery capacity is not a limiting factor in performance and endurance. Taurus Electro G2 represents a leap forward in performance, safety, functionality and user friendliness.
For the first time electric power outperforms its gasoline-powered counterpart – the Taurus.
The Taurus Electro G2 can use a shorter runway, climbs faster and performs much better than the gasoline-powered version when it comes to high altitude operations. All this is possible thanks to the specially-developed emission-free Pipistrel’s 40kW electric power-train.
The motor peaks at 40 kW for take-off and allows continuous climbing at 30 kW power. It is controlled by a specially developed power inverter/controller and governed by the cockpit ESYS-MAN instrument. All components are networked via CAN-bus, feature proprietary multilayer protection logic and produce a true throttle-by-wire experience.
More information about this pioneering system and what it does for the pilot is available at http://www.pipistrel.si/plane/taurus-electro/overview
The tailor-developed Lithium-technology batteries come in two configurations, capable of launching the aeroplane to 1200 m (4000 ft) or 2000 m (6500 ft) respectively. They are placed in self-contained boxes, monitored constantly by the super-precise Pipistrel’s own battery management system (BMS), compete with data-logging and battery health forecasting.
The result is a full featured maintenence-free electric powertrain, that can be retrofitted into existing gasoline powered Taurus gliders and will be offered for integration into third party platforms as well. With Pipistrel, it is all about safety, more performance and fewer emissions.
The Taurus Electro G2 conforms with EU microlight standards as well as FAA ASTM (LSA) standards for the airframe. Pipistrel is working with authorities to obtain full certification in the coming months because there are currently no standards for electric aircraft. DULV, the German microlight Authority has demonstrated exceptional readyness to certify pioneering electric-flight technologies for which we give our special thanks to Mr Konrad, Mr Spitzer and their team. Taurus Electro G2 will make its first public appearance at AERO 2011 Friedrichhafen, where it will also compete for the Berblinger prize registered. Numerous other certifications, including France, South Africa and USA are expected by the end of 2011.
Also at AERO 2011, Pipistrel is unveiling another World’s first – the concept of Flying For Free. Pipistrel has developed the Solar Trailer, which can charge-up the Taurus Electro G2 in as little as 5 hours absolutely free of charge and with zero emissions! Furthermore, when the Taurus Electro G2 is stored in the trailer during the week of bad weather, it will still be charged and ready to fly by the weekend. The Solar Trailer and Taurus Electro G2 are perfect companions and demonstrate how it is possible to fly free of charge, quietly and with absolutely zero emissions, with today’s technology! This changes everything, again.
I really encourage you to get more details on the future of flying at http://www.pipistrel.si/plane/taurus-electro/overview
Safe flying, Michael Coates