Ivo Boscarol was chosen by the Res Publica, Visegrad Fund, Google and Financial Times, as a member of the "New Europe 100 list" of outstanding innovators from Central and Eastern Europe.
The "HY4", worldâs first four-seat passenger aircraft powered by a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell propulsion, made a successful first public flight on 29. September.
On 24. September 2016, a Slovenian company Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovscina and Chinese company Sino GA Group Co. signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a long-term joint-venture cooperation in the field of light and general aviation in the regions of China, East Asian countries and Asian pacific.
The researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California decided to test several Pipistrel's electric propulsion systems of Taurus Electro G2 as part of their electric flight research in preparation for the NASA's new X-57 experimental airplane with 14 electric motors.
In June 2016 Pipistrel completed the 800th aircraft from the Sinus/Virus family, adding up to more than 1500 different aircraft produced over 27 years. The aircraft will be shipped to Argentina.
In the middle of April, five Chinese inspectors of the Agency for Civil Aviation (CAAC) visited Pipistrel for a âvalidation auditâ of three aircraft models - Virus 912, Virus SW and Sinus 912. On 26. April a delegation from the Embassy of the P.R. China awarded certificates for the three models to Pipistrel. All those aircraft can now be legally sold and registered in the Chinese market.
On 21. April Pipistrel received the EASA Full Type Certificate for the aircraft SW 121 LSA TC from the hands of EASA Executive Manager Mr. Patrik Ky.
Ivo Boscarol received the award "Gospodarstvenik Primorske" (best businessman of Primorska region) for special achievements
Pipistrel employs 100th worker
As the result of project HYPSTAIR, the world's most powerful hybrid power-train in aviation to date is turned on for the first time.
Pipistrel wins the contest to supply 194 aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and National Cadet Corps (NCC)
The special service aircraft Surveyor is revealed to the public at the InterGeo Fair
Team Hungary becomes European Microlight Champion with their Virus aircraft, with a lot of help from the Pipistrel Hungary team.
Pipistrel aircraft participates in a Volkswagen marketing campaign for Chinese market, viewed by one billion people
Pipistrel unveils the proof-of-concept WATTsUP 2-seat electric trainer
Aircraft no. 700 is made
Pipistrel's celebrates 25th anniversary of existence on 25 Nov 2014 by arranging an Open-Door day. Over 1000 people from the entire country come visit the factory HQ.
The foundation for the new factory in Italy is laid.
Greek team breaks world altitude record with Sinus in its category
Beginning construction works for the new production facility in Italy are starting
Pipistrel wins the IDC Innovation excellence award
Ivo Boscarol receives his second "Trusted Brand" award
Pipistrel successfully completes FAA LSA audit
Taurus sets an altitude gliding record of 8,800 meters.
Pipistrel Academy, a new course for online Virus SW training becomes available.
The Pipistrel publicly announces the SURVEYOR, an aircraft model specialised for airborne surveillance missions.
Pipistrel's Alpha Trainer was selected as "The best light aircraft of the year 2013" by the aviation newspaper Fliegermagazin
Pipistrel's Panthera received the Aerokurier award for innovation
Pipistrel produces aircraft no.600
Pipistrel introduces new model - Sinus Flex
Pipistrel launches the "Pipistrel Academy" flight school program
The French team "Wings for Science" successfully concluded their flight around the world in a Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft, on 14 June 2013.
Pipistrel CEO Ivo Boscarol receives the Slovenian Trusted Brand 2013 Award by the Reader's Digest magazine
The pilot Matevz Lenarcic flies over the North Pole on 22 Apr 2013 with his aircraft Pipistrel Virus SW
Pipistrel Panthera goes to AERO Expo in Germany - by air!
Pipistrel Panthera successfully accomplishes its maiden flight on 7 April 2013
The Wired Magazine exposes Pipistrel's electric aircraft as "One of seven big ideas that will change the world"
The aircraft with serial number 500 leaves the production.
Pipistrel team receives two awards at Oshkosh Airventure (13 Jul 2012).Michael Coates, the Pipistrel USA distributor, receives the Dr. August Raspet Memorial award in the name of the Pipistrel Team,for "contributions to the advancement of the design of light aircraft and the experimental aircraft association".
Pipistrel's R&D engineer, Tine TomaÅ¾iÄ, receives a prestigious PADA Trophy for "outstanding design of personal aircraft which achieved progress in performance and efficiency" at Oshkosh on 13 Jul 2012.
The Alpha Trainer takes off for the first time
20 Apr 2012 - Panthera wins the Fliegermagazin award for the best aircraft of the year
Beginning of the construction of the new factory in Gorizia, Italy.
Pipistrel gets a new department for fast prototyping, reverse engineering, computer modeling and simulation and graphic design - the 3D studio
Taurus G4 is nominated for the prestigious Collier Trophy.
Pipistrel Taurus G4 is chosen among the nominations for the "2012 Designs of the Year" by the Design Museum in London
On 9. January 2012 Ivo Boscarol wins the "Personality of the year" title by the most influential Slovene magazine "Delo".
Pilot MatevÅ¾ LenarÄiÄ flies with his aircraft Pipistrel Virus SW 914 turbo around the world, over Mt.Everest and lands on the Antarctic.
Pipistrel Taurus G4, world's first 4-seat electric aircraft, wins the NASA Green Flight Challenge 2011.
Pipistrel Sinus wins the Pariz-Madrid Green Air Challenge and Pipistrel Virus SW ends third.
Panthera - the four-seat aircraft with hybrid propulsion - is introduced at the AERO Friedrichshafen fair
Pipistrel's Taurus Electro wins the Lindbergh Prize for the best Electric Aircraft
The second generation of the improved electric-powered two-seat self-launching glider Taurus Electro enters serial production.
Toyota Slovenia lent a new Prius Plug-In hybrid to Pipistrel to be used for the period of one year and charged at the first solar-powered charging station for electric aircraft.
Pipistrel branched out to Italy and founded a subsidiary company Pipistrel LSA.
Pipistrel d.o.o. AjdovÅ¡Äina has been declared the winner of the 2010 European Business Award in the category UKTI Award for Innovation.
Taurus Electro received gold medal at the Biennial of Industrial Design in Ljubljana.
Pipistrel unveiled the first solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles in Slovenia.
Pipistrel d.o.o. AjdovÅ¡Äina has been selected as a recipient of one of the ten prestigious Ruban dâHonneur awards for The UKTI Award for Innovation in The 2010 European Business Awards, after being chosen as a Country representative at the same competition.
Virus SW 100 approved by EASA as the LSA PermitToFly with 600kg MTOW.
The editorial boards of Radio Koper and Primorske Novice newspaper awarded Ivo Boscarol the title "Gospodarstvenik primorske" ("Best Economist of Primorska region").
Vizionarna, the Pipistrel's multi-purpose gallery for culture and educational events, opens with the art exhibition "portraits of the universe".
The year 2009 was the most successful year in the 22 years of Pipistrel's history.
The development of the new 4-seat aircraft begins
The new Pipistrel's Research and Development Institute in the adjacent building begins operation.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia awarded Pipistrel the title of "Best E-company" of 2009.
The improved model of the Apis/Bee single seat self-launching glider enters serial production.
On 15. May 2009, the aircraft Sinus serial number 300 and Taurus 50 left the production facility!
Mr Kent P. Misegades, a journalist of Experimental Aircraft Association, the World's largest organization dedicated to sport aviation, visited the AERO 2009 in Friedrichshafen in the spring. In his report he listed the appearance of Pipistrel at AERO 2009 among the Hottest 7attractions of the fair.
The first Pipistrel Sinus, built from kit by Mr. George Powers, takes flight.
Introducing VIRUS SW: Double NASA challenge winner now in serial production.
The start of development of Hydrogenius, a hydrogen-powered plane, in cooperation with University of Stuttgart.
The Popular Science magazine lists Taurus Electro among Ten Best Innovations of 2008.
Pipistrel receives an award at Slovenian Forum of Innovation.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II meets Pipistrel CEO, Ivo Boscarol.
Pipistrel is the overall winner of NASA General Aviation Technology Challenge 2008 for the second consecutive year.
Pipistrel opened the largest private solar power plant on the Balkan peninsula and also also became officially qualified for production of electric energy.
Ivo Boscarol and Tine Tomazic lecture on CAFE's Electric Aircarft Symposium 2008 in San Francisco, USA.
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Ivo Boscarol receives "Gospodarstvenik Primorske", a special recognition award for Entrepreneurship
Pipistrel European Meeting (PEM) at Valdera
Tine Tomazic receives Presernova nagrada award
20th Anniversary of Pipistrel
Acquisition of complete Apis project
Maiden flight of first two-seater electric powered self launching glider in the World - Taurus Electro
Virus claims the Nasa Centennial PAV Challenge as the BIG winner
ICAO Aircraft Type Designators obtained for Sinus (PISI), Virus (PIVI) and Taurus (PITA).
Development of Electro Taurus, World's first 2-seat electrical powered self-launching glider, starts.
Construction starts for the Scientific Institute of Aircraft Design & Applicative Technologies.
First flight of glider version of Taurus, called Taurus PureGlider.
Joe Sutter, Father of Boeing 747 and son of Slovenian blood, visits Pipistrel in July.
New website launched. www.pipistrel.si gets a new look and offers much more to visitors, owners and distributors.
200th aircraft from Sinus / Virus aircraft family is delivered, while Taurus serial production begins to ramp up.
Members of Slovenian Government led by Prime Minister Mr Janez JanÅ¡a visit Pipistrel.
President of EU Parliament Mr Josep Borell visits Pipistrel on invitation of friend and pilot Mr Lojze Peterle, also member or EU Parliament.
Mr Phillippe Zen of France becomes the world vice-champion in RAL 2 category on Sinus ultralight motorglider.
Ivo Boscarol is awarded one of the highest FAI recognition awards, the Paul Tissandier Diploma, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of ultralight aviation.
In 2005 Pipistrel obtained the following homologations: the all new German homologation, all new Austrian homologation, upgraded French homologation, upgraded Slovenian homologation, upgraded Australian homologation and the upgraded Hungarian homologation.
Ivo Boscarol successfully defends the Champion title at Slovene RAL-1 national championship 2004 with the Virus.
The assembly of the aircraft is moved into the new factory premises at the airfield of Ajdovscina
Ivo Boscarol became member of the Strategic Council for National Economy development, Government of the Republic of Slovenia
Matevz Lenarcic accomplished the record-breaking flight around the world with the Pipistrel Sinus 912
Entering in the markets like Australia, USA, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan etc Pipistrel became a global producer
Test flights of the ultralight two-seater self-launching glider Taurus start.
Slovene Chamber of Commerce award to Ivo Boscarol the title "Businessman of Slovenia"
In september the construction of the new factory at the airfield of Ajdovscina starts after years of endeavour and preparations.
Ivo Boscarol continues his successful competing career and claims the Champion title at Slovene RAL-1 national championship 2003 with the Virus.
100th aircraft has been produced.
Ivo Boscarol is declared Slovenian Entrepreneur of the year 2003.
Ivo Boscarol wins the ultralight single-seater (RAL-1) Slovene national championship 2002 flying the Virus.
Development of a revolutionary 15-meter wingspan two-seater ultralight glider Taurus with L/D ratio 1:40 and a self-launching capability started.
Philippe Zen and Thomas Knowles become world champions at World Air Games 2001 in Spain, flying a Sinus ultralight motorglider.
Great interest for our products and large number of orders forced us to increase the production capacities. We decided to start building a new factory placed on the airfield of Ajdovscina. We hoped for the best-case scenario, in which we would be able to move there in the year 2001.
UL single seater glider "Apis" using the wings of Sinus and produced by Albastar in 13 and 15 m version started to fly. Its flying results demonstrated once more geniality of Orlando's profiles.
The development of new revolutionary small UL aircraft with speed range 63-380 km/h called Arcus started.The main designers are: Franco Orlando, Pino Milito and Ivo Boscarol.
Serial production of Virus started.
Philippe Zen, the several times UL world champion, was so fascinated after testing the Sinus that he decided to become our dealer in France. The result was expected: 32 units sold in one year!
Virus started to fly.
Trike model "Twister" was born. Pipistrel was the first world producer who represented the trike with engine Rotax 912. This engine was presented in AERO 1993 like prototype of the model Twister. Serial production started in 1998.
Vida Lorbek, the general manager of the Pipistrel company, died. Ivo Boscarol took her place.
Presentation of "Sinus" at the AERO 97 of Friedrichshaffen in Germany and flight presentation of "Sinus" at the air show of Bassano in Italy.
The development of Virus - brother of Sinus - light 3-axis ultralight aircraft started.
The prototype of motorglider "Sinus" started to fly.
Slovenian CAA issued the permits to fly for various types of trikes.
The two hundredth trike was produced.
First public presentation of "Sinus" at the AERO 95 of Friedrichshaffen in Germany. The interest was incredible.
Ivo Boscarol won the Slovenian 3-axis microlights Championship and the title of Microlight sportsman of the year.
Austro Control issued the type approval for trikes.
First trike was exported to Poland.
Viktor Wyklicky flew a trike to the European championships from Slovenija over the Alps and Channel to England and back. He took the seventh place in the competition.
The beginning of "Sinus" development. The wing & fuselage aerodynamics designer was Franco Orlando, other members of group were: Ing. Rado Kikelj, Pavel Potocnik, Bojan Sajovic and Ivo Boscarol.
For Slovenian CAA Ivo made the first teaching and examination program for weight shift UL flight in Slovenia, and started prepairing the official rules for UL flight in Slovenia.
Viktor Wyklicky won the German Championship with Spider trike. He is still a leader competitor on our trikes.
First trike was exported to Austria. First trike was exported to Greece.
First trike was exported in France.
Presentation of trikes at the AERO 93 in Germany.
The company Elisport, the producer of ULM helicopter ANGEL gave us the rights for distributing in Yugoslavia. The cooperation later stopped.
Italian army decided to buy our trikes for their special units.
Company Rotax, the leading world small aircraft engines producer, gave us the rights to be the general distributor for Slovenia. We also got the licence for an authorised service center.
Ivo founded Slovenian Ultralight Association and he conduced it for several years as the first president.
The company Rodaro, the producer of ULM "Kangaroo", "Wallaby" and "Storch" gave us the dealer rights for Yugoslavia and the eastern countries. We are also still in good relations with the new owners of Blue Sky and Fly Synthesis.
The hundredth trike was made.
DULF enacted the first German certificate.
The company PIPISTREL d.o.o. was established on 18th november 1992 by Ivo Boscarol and Vida Lorbek who was the first manager.
The first powered trike called Spider was made. This type is in fact a better version of model Plus which was meant to be sold in the European markets. 150 trikes were made till 2000 and we still produce them.
The Mauri Walter project of first ultralight glider calld "Dream" and later "Silent" started. Ivo's help on this project was significant.
Boris Velikonja, Pipistrel`s production chief, won the Slovenian trike championship.
The beginning of production of quiet 3 or 4 blade propellers LN with adjustable pitch on the ground. More than 800 propellers were made until 1998 and we still produce them.
The Sirio company producer of wings Hazard gave us the rights to represent them in Yugoslavia and eastern Europan countries. These ties are still strong today.
Yugoslavian CAA released the type certificate for the model Basic and Plus.
The production of special trikes for the Croatian army. These trikes were the first war aircraft for the new born country.
First trike was exported to Germany. First trike was exported to Hungary.
First Hydro version trike was made. Only a few such trikes were made. The production stopped when the war started in Croatia, which was at the time our largest market for such trikes. Croatia was our main customer because of its specific coastline.
We took part to the exhibition in Bassano for the first time.
Bojan, Boris and Ivo got the test pilot licences for weight shift aircraft.
The Pipistrel Group received the innovation premium at the exposition in Celje.
Trike model "Plus" was born.The main constructor was Bojan, the landing gear in glass fibre was designed on Atari ST computer by Ivo. Untill year 2000 more than 200 units were sold, and they are still in production.
Preparations for the Yugoslavian Type certificate: All the calculations of trikes "Ajdovscina" and "Plus", propeller "Pipistrel Bam", and wing "Sirio Hazard 15" were made by two engineers Petar Brcin and Misa Bajovic in Zarkovo institute. Ground and flight tests were made by: Ivo, Bojan, Boris and Marjan on the airfield in Ajdovscina, under the control of the engineers Valter Kucara, uncharged supervisor delegate of Yougoslavian CAA.
First trike was exported to Africa.
Department of Internal Affairs of former Yugoslavia confiscated all trikes which were on the way to Libia. The trikes are still in the port Bar in Montenegro. Pipistrel organized the first championship with trikes in Yugoslavia, called Pipistrel cup in Ajdovscina. 18 competitors took part. The head judge was Mr. Dejan Gajic from Belgrade. The winner was Marko Kocevar from Nova Gorica.
The beginning of the production of ground adjustable pitch propellers (2 and 3 blades). They were made in carbon fibre. Until 2000 more than 1400 units were produced and they are still in production.
First serial trike called "Ajdovscina" was produced. The constructors were Bojan and Ivo. The name was later changed to "Basic". 32 units were built, the last was delivered in December 1992.
First trike was exported from Yugoslavia to Italy. Pipistrel was the first Yugoslavian private aircraft exporter. Italian company Sirio was first foreign Pipistrel`s general distributor .The beginning of collaboration with company "Albatros" which ended soon after. The work was partially continued by the manager Pavel Potocnik (Albastar).
Ivo met Diego Rodaro the owner of Officine Rodaro, producer of ULM "Cangaroo", "Wallaby" and later the Storch.
22.6.88, Ivo received from the Yugoslavian authorities a trike pilot licence and a paragliding pilot licence.
Ivo met Walter Mauri the owner of Sirio. The result of their friendship was the long cooperation between Pipistrel trikes and wings Hazard.
Ivo Boscarol got the official licence from the authorities to produce small aircraft. He became the first Yugoslavian private aircraft producer. (10. November '87). The name Pipistrel (a Latin word for a bat) appeared for the first time.
The story began when two Slovenian sailplane pilots and good radio control model aircraft manufacturers Ivo Boscarol and Bojan Sajovic started to look for new ways of flying. They got in touch with Mr. Salvatore Stefano, who later became famous for his air shows in Bassano. Salvatore Stefano influenced them to try alternative ways of flying (trikes, microlights, etc.) They spent several years together researching different ways of flying and building some experimental aircrafts.
Ivo wentto Janko Bezjak to make a pass to trike way of flying. Soon he started to teach his friends to fly on French trike "Denise".
When Marjan Bozic joined them they started to build some trikes, together with some friends to help them. The owners were satisfied, the trike was a success and there were more and more orders.