Pipistrel Virus is a horrible name. We don't know what it means in Slovenian, but someone should have told them what virus means in English. But aside from the fact that it sounds contagious, the Pipistral Virus is extremely cool.
A while back we wrote about NASA's plan to liven up the Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) industry with an X-Prize like contest. The best, most comfortable, most fuel efficient plane would win $100,000 for taking us another step away from the inefficient and droll realities of our current transportation mess.
And the winner is! The Pipistrel! The plane is extremely light weight, in fact, it's cargo (people luggage and fuel) weigh significantly more than the plane itself. So, as the plane continues to fly, it actually becomes significantly more fuel efficient, because, as it burns fuel, it gets lighter! The plane's simple controls and ease of operation also helped it take home the prize. But really, what won it for them was the fuel economy.
50 MPG is great for a car, but it's outstanding for a plane. Granted, there's only two seats, and you'll likely have to take a cab home from the airport, but that might be made up for by being able to travel as the crow flies. It'll set you back more than most cars too: $70,000. But if it's between a Hummer and a Pipistrel...I know what I'm going to choose.
-NASA's PAV Competition-
-9 Steps to Greener Flight-
Great to learn to fly in
written by crash courses, August 16, 2007
Let me clarify...
written by Pipistrel Slovenia, September 03, 2008
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