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Pipistrel is a Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer established in 1989 by Ivo Boscarol and is known as the first private aircraft producer in Yugoslavia.

Pipistrel Headquarter Location

Goriska Cesta 50a

Ajdovscina, 5270,

Slovenia

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Rex says lockdowns have shut down 80% of its business

Jul 13, 2021

One of Rex’s latest 737s, VH-REX, as shot in Melbourne YMML by Victor Pody Rex deputy chairman John Sharp has revealed lockdowns and border closures have shut down 80 per cent of the airline’s business. In an interview with US news channel CNBC, Sharp also became the first major Australian airline chief to publicly call for the government to provide more assistance. “If we don’t do something for airlines, there won’t be too many left at the end of this,” Sharp said. It comes as speculation increases that aviation businesses will soon be forced to enact mass stand-downs of staff, with the news NSW’s lockdown is likely to continue for weeks. The state today recorded 89 new locally acquired cases, down slightly from 112 on Monday. “It’s hit us really hard,” said Sharp on Tuesday. “It’s devastating to see the impact. It’s really knocked out the vast majority of our business. “We’ll lose revenue and we’ll have people we’ll have to pay people who we can’t generate income from. We’re back to where we were at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. “Unless government are prepared to assist business, a lot of business will close. If this NSW lockdown continues for any length of time, it’s been suggested it could be for up to six weeks, government assistance will be needed. PROMOTED CONTENT “Governments have to start floating people’s boats again. If governments want to keep an industry alive, they’re going to have to help us. No airline can keep paying people when you don’t generate the revenue to keep employing them.” TWU national secretary Michael Kaine told Australian Aviation recently that businesses had so far kept workers active but the situation would “inevitably” change if restrictions rumbled on . “People are currently working on ordinary hours,” said Kaine. “But for many in aviation, that itself is hard because they’re not getting the overtime and overnight allowances that they’ve become accustomed to. “Clearly, casuals and part-timers will be used as a minimum, so they’re already suffering. “But in terms of stand down, they haven’t been triggered yet. We had some pre-meetings with companies, which we are working with to attempt to avoid that. “But it’s going to be an inevitability, particularly if the New South Wales situation doesn’t improve.” Kaine said there are already calls in a couple of companies for staff to take unpaid leave. “That means workers are going to be left to the vagaries of any potential social security system with no dedicated aviation payment,” he added. Australian Aviation reported  how nearly 373 flights arriving or departing from Sydney Airport on 30 June were cancelled or withdrawn from service as domestic aviation in Australia ground to a near halt. The last time states and territories locked out NSW at Christmas due to the Northern Beaches cluster, it cost  Qantas alone $400 million . PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified. An Air New Zealand A321-271NX, ZK-NNG, shot by Victor Pody The first of Air New Zealand’s ‘repatriation’ flights taking Kiwis in COVID-hit NSW back home sold out in just 15 minutes, with the first departing today. The 787-9, ZK-NZM msn 38180, left Sydney at 12:13pm on 13 July as flight NZ1104 and is due to land in Auckland at 4:43pm. Those on the so-called mercy flights will have to undertake two-week quarantine in the country’s government-run managed isolation facilities (MIQ). Currently, nine flights are currently scheduled between 13 and 23 July. Of these, two will fly into Christchurch, with the remaining to Auckland. According to Air New Zealand, when booking a ‘managed return’ seat on a repatriation flight, customers will automatically have their MIQ place confirmed When more MIQ allocations are provided, more seats will be made available for booking, according to the airline. “We would love to be able to bring more Kiwis home to their families, but we’re limited by the availability of MIQ spots,” said Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanna Geraghty. PROMOTED CONTENT “Only between 40-60 seats per flight will be available to be booked by customers as these are directly linked to MIQ spots. “Flights will be available on a first-in, first-served basis.” Geraghty added that around 20 per cent of all MIQ allocations will be reserved for cases on compassionate grounds, which is managed through the New Zealand government. Customers wishing to apply for compassionate grounds must do so via the government directly, the airline said. “Our teams have worked tirelessly with the government over the weekend to get these managed return flights up and running so we can reconnect Kiwis with their loved ones,” she said. “We recognise this is a very stressful and emotional time for those customers wishing to return from NSW, and we’re doing everything we can to get them home as quickly and as safely as possible.” The news comes just days after New Zealand  re-started its quarantine-free trans-Tasman arrangement with much of Australia on 5 July. However, passengers will now be required to take a pre-flight COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure in a significant change to the rules. Today, Queensland has been readmitted to the bubble, leaving only NSW blocked out. It is not yet known how long the additional restrictions will last, or when the bubble will open up to the remaining states of Australia. New Zealand’s COVID Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, said earlier that travellers from SA, ACT, Tasmania or Victoria can only fly if they have not been in NSW since 22 June; or Queensland, the NT or WA from 26 June. “Cabinet carefully weighed up the evidence this morning and we consider that partially lifting the pause at this point is an appropriate course of action, particularly when bolstered with the introduction of a mandatory pre-departure test,” Minister Hipkins said. Quarantine-free travel between the two countries only started  in April , but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had warned the agreement would be temporarily halted in the event of a lockdown. PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified. After almost one year and a half since the world pandemic originated the most dramatic crisis in the history of aviation, airlines are now expecting an imminent rebound in air travel demand and are therefore focusing on expansionary strategies. As such, and following United’s recent massive purchase of 270 new aircraft, the Franco-Dutch holding has started a process through which it expects to incorporate up to 160 brand new aircraft among some of its divisions. If concluded, the unprecedented order could mark the group’s largest purchase in its history as it looks to “renew and extend” KLM’s short/medium-haul operations while strongly betting on the low-cost divisions of Transavia – in France and The Netherlands – for the post-Covid era. Despite being part of a single group, the business models that the different airlines have adopted over the past decades have differed in terms of the aircraft type. While Air France inclined for an Airbus family fleet, KLM went for a rather all-Boeing one. This rule has been pursued by head officers of the group by transferring current A350 and B787 orders to one another so that the fleets remain as homogeneous and cost-efficient as possible. The Transavia divisions, on the other hand, follow the typical discount model by using a single aircraft type (the Boeing B737, generally the NG variant), among which some units are reaching their end-of-life. Transavia’s Boeing 737-800. Photo by Max Sutter | AeroNewsX The much-awaited tender was confirmed by Air France-KLM’s CEO, Ben Smith, in the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad in these terms: “We’ve done a little bit in this area, it’s been on the agenda since 2004, but it’s never been put in place as it is now.” Parallelly, he has admitted falling behind competitors in Europe; it went from number one back in 2004 to hold the third position these days and has urged all of its partners to further advance in cooperation so that they can respond more promptly to market variations. He has also shown some optimism regarding the Group’s future by noting that they can work as “effectively” as their competitors as they make some efforts “to move forward a little bit faster.” Given the destination of the brand new aircraft, one might wonder why the company still considers Airbus family planes for such a large acquisition. The alternative seems to be the Boeing 737MAX as it does not represent a big change from the current Boeing 737-700’s and -800’s, ultimately avoiding substantial costs of transitioning to a different type. And yet again, this seems to be the case, at least for the discount division Transavia as it is Mr. Smith’s intention (reported by Bloomberg.com) to expand and triple the amount of these jets in France in an attempt to recover the market share lost so far to competitors. KLM’s Boeing 737-900. Photo by Adam Lanzen | AeroNewsX However, the launch of the tender comes after more than €10bn have been injected into the group by the two states and shareholders, meaning the influence of them both must also be considered. To top up such a rescue plan with additional €4bn from the French state, the management of the public money is conditioned to many interests. As a consequence, investing in local manufacturer Airbus might as well be an involuntary alternative. In any case, we will have to keep an eye on how this extraordinary deal finalizes. In the meantime, Air France will start be receiving the A220 for its short-haul operations while KLM has already started receiving 25 Embraer 195-E2’s for its Cityhopper regional division. The new order will strengthen the Group’s short- and medium-haul operations while it enables the company to further commit to a more sustainable industry. PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified. The Ninety-Nines present another inspiring list of award winners in 2021 for their outstanding contributions to aviation. This year’s George Palmer Putnam Award winner was Harry Pride, British Columbia, Canada. Awarded for exceptional support of The Ninety-Nines by an individual or organization Harry is known for saying “I must have been a bird in a previous life, ‘cause I love to fly and if I don’t get to fly regularly, my feathers will get all matted up.” Harry’s interest in aviation began as a child building model aircraft and his actual flying career began when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943. He endeavored to go overseas as a pilot but the war ended before that happened. After the war, Harry learned to fly on a Tiger Moth with the Aero Club of British Columbia, earning his private license in 1946 after only an impressive 6 hours dual and 10 hr. solo flight time. Harry’s first check ride in a Fleet Canuck in 1946 was with female pilot and member of the famous Canadian Flying Seven, Rolie Moore Barrett. Harry has flown over 35 aircraft types, including tailwheel, retractable, multi-engine and floats. His profession as a secondary school teacher carried over into his flying; he loved to teach others about flying and mentoring young and not so young pilots. Harry took a special interest in enabling youth to fly. Harry has been an avid supporter of The Ninety-Nines and bringing more women into aviation since his early days of flying in 1946! He contributes to various organizations and always donates prizes for the BC Coast 99s Annual Poker Run and Scholarship fund. Harry also has written several historic books including “A Life with Wings: Growing up with Aviation in Richmond, BC”, a book about the people Harry has flown with featuring many of the local female pilots of the 99s. At age 95, Harry continues to fly with another pilot on board, executing very precise turns and exact altitudes. Harry is truly an amazing man and pilot. PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified. Velis Electro (Image credit: Pipistrel) Slovenian Army to test  various Pipistrel basic trainers to select the one that will replace its Zlin 143 and 242 aircraft. On June 29, 2021, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia, Matej Tonin, visited Pipistrel ‘s headquarter in Ajdovščina, Slovenia, and signed an agreement to test various Pipistrel made aircraft for basic training purposes. The Slovenian Army will test a Virus SW121, a Velis Electro, the four seater Panthera and the simulator Velis X-Alpha VR. Pipistrel will also provide pilot familiarization and train army mechanics for prefight inspections and basic maintenance of the above mentioned planes. The MoD will in return enable Pipistrel the use of the Poček military range and the areas of the Cerklje ob Krki air base. The Slovenian Army uses two Zlin 143 and eight Zlin 242 aircraft, that will be replaced in the next years, for basic training of the cadets. The evaluation of the aircraft will start soon, making Slovenia the first military operator of an all electric plane. The Danish MoD already signed a leasing contract for two Velis Electro earlier in June, but the deliveries are scheduled for September. The Slovenian Minister of Defence signed an agreement to test various Pipistrel made aircraft for basic training purposes. Tonin commented the agreement as a move into the direction of a »green« defence. The Velis Electro is the first type certified electric aircraft in the world, while the Rotax 912 S3 powered Virus SW121 uses less than 50% fuel of army’s Zlins. The army will evaluate also the four seater Panthera and after that will decide which type will replace the aging Zlin 143s and 242s. The company and the MoD agreed also on a special partnership with the purpose of obtaining as much funding as possible from NATO and the European Union for development projects and already mentioned a study for a new system to contrast drones. The Slovenian MoD is proud to cooperate with and support the national industry. “By using such aircraft, the Slovenian Army has given a clear message to its allies within NATO and wider, that these are exceptionally high-quality aircraft which can be used also by other armed forces,” the Slovenian Minister said. A look at the cockpit of a Pipistrel aircraft. Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel’s founder and CEO added: “In this area, Pipistrel has the upper hand, as we were the first in the world to certify an electric aircraft. The Slovenian Army will be the first to receive such an inaudible electric aircraft for primary schooling as a part of the program which also includes a faster two-seat aircraft, a four-seat aircraft and a flight simulator with virtual reality technology.” The Technical Director of Pipistrel group, dr. Tine Tomažič, explained why Pipistrel’s training planes are so different and better that they are also used by large armies. He described their principle, being designed for flying with very little power, and illustrated it with an example that they use a quarter less power than a car to fly 200km per hour, so they are suitable for electrification. The opportunity he sees for aircraft such as Velis or the Virus SW 121 platform is the digitalization of air force pilot training. As combat moves towards the virtual realm and aircraft are increasingly equipped with information systems, this means that the pilots they will inevitably encounter the latest technology, so training with this type of technology helps to prepare them to be immediately ready for new challenges. Pipistrel’s biggest single score in the defence market was the winning of a contract with the Indian MoD in 2015. The company delivered 194 Virus SW80 “Garuda” to the Indian Armed Forces. Later in the afternoon the Slovenian Minister of Defence moved to C-Astral’s factory, a company that focuses on fixed-wing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and is part of the Japanese TerraDrone Corporation. C-Astral is also headquartered in Ajdovščina and is collaborating with Pipistrel in the development of the NUUVA V20 family of unmanned systems. The company was founded in 2007 and exported more than 400 drones to 70 countries. The entire fleet accumulated more than 120.000 flight hours. The tactical reconnaissance UAV Bramor was adopted also by the Italian Army, Bangladesh and Cyprus. The Slovenian Army is also successfully operating it, with the codename Belin. The Minister of Defence anticipated a modernisation program of Belin’s fleet and the possibility of a further acquisition of more UAV-s. Passionate about aviation from a lifetime, contributor of the Slovenian aviation website sierra5.net. Occasionally writer for blogbeforeflight.net, exyuaviation.com and other media. PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified.

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  • Automotive technologies
  • Automotive transmission technologies
  • Engine technology
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