Slovenia begins testing Pipistrel aircraft and simulator

by Igor Bozinovski

A Pipistrel Virus SW 121 light aircraft and a simulator for it arrived at the SV Aviation School on 1 October. (Pipistrel Aviation)

The Slovenian Armed Forces (SV) will test the suitability of aircraft and simulators for pilot training, Defence Minister Matej Tonin said during a 1 October ceremony marking the launch of testing agreed between the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) and domestic light aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel Aircraft.

Valid until 31 December 2023, the agreement provides the SV with access to Virus SW 121 and Velis Electro two-seat, single-engine light aircraft and the simulators for them, as well as Panthera four-seat composite aircraft, plus training of SV instructors and mechanics for the aircraft.

A Virus SW 121 and a simulator for it arrived at the SV Aviation School on 1 October.

Plans call for Velis Electro, the world's first type certified electric aircraft, and a Panthera to be tested at a later stage as part of Slovenian MoD efforts to prove that locally-developed and produced Pipistrel aircraft could reduce fuel consumption for pilot training by 30-50%, which could be further reduced by using simulators.

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