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Textron to Acquire Pipistrel in Bid to Position in Electric Airplane Market

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Textron and Pipistrel captured the attention of the aviation world on Thursday morning with the announcement that the Providence, Rhode Island-based owner of the iconic Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bell aviation brands has “entered into an agreement” to acquire the Slovenia-based Pipistrel. Pipistrel has pioneered the development and certification of electric aircraft, with its award-winning Velis Electro gaining certification under European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) auspices in June 2020. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 -4
I do not see this as a good move for Electric Aviation... The only advantage I see to Electric A/C is that the CG won't change as you burn fuel... everything else to me seems to be disadvantages... I think these things are a bad idea! At least a Tesla can pull to the side of the Road for a Battery Fire, the Pilot will probably not be that close to an airport. they may be ok for pattern work with Touch and Goes and Stop and Goes, I would not even trust one to go to the Practice area. In a long run, will cost more to operate than the Gas Versions.
spinoneone
Paul Wisgerhof 1
Another tragedy with the bean-counters now in control of one of the most innovative companies in aviation.

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