Beginning of the construction of the new factory in Gorizia, Italy

CONSTRUCTION WORKS BEGIN AT THE NEW PIPISTREL FACILITY AT GORIZIA AIRPORT
FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY


Start of ground works and de-mining of the area

We are proud to announce that on Friday, 24. February 2012 the first ground works for the new Pipistrel facility have begun according to the schedule at the airport in Gorizia, Italy, 25km away from the Pipistrel Headquarters in Slovenia. The new facility will be built at the Duca d’Aosta airport next to Gorizia, on a location where three hangars used to stand.
The area where the factory will be located was heavily bombed during the WW1, so it is subject to a law which requires compulsory de-mining before the beginning of any construction. A local certified company will accomplish that by removing all the vegetation and the entire top layer of soil in the following months. When the de-mining process is finished, the construction will begin.

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Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovščina has founded a subsidiary company Pipistrel LSA S.p.A in Italy in 2010 as the majority shareholder (81%), for production of the 4-seat aircraft Panthera.

Panthera is a modern 4-seat business aircraft offering the customers three options of propulsion: classic petrol engine, hybrid propulsion and a fully electric power-train. Panthera is so revolutionary that several months before the first public unveiling, the company has already received a few dozen confirmed orders with advance payments.

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More information about the aircraft can be found here: http://www.pipistrel.si/plane/panthera/overview
there is also a .pdf booklet available for download:
http://www.pipistrel.si/en/file/download/249_1089b048b68b/panthera_brochure.pdf


Apart from thirty Pipistrel R&D engineers there are several other partners involved in the development of the Panthera. The aircraft and all its systems are in its entirety a product of Slovene know-how.

When asked, why he decided to build the new factory in Italy, the Pipistrel CEO Ivo Boscarol said:
There are several reasons why we decided to build in Italy
One of them is the so-called bilateral agreement about aviation safety with the USA, which Slovenia doens't have and Italy does.
The second reason is the weather: in Ajdovščina we can't fly for over 100 days per year due to the very strong gusty local wind, called Burja, which can reach speeds up to 200km/h. If we want to produce 200 aircrafrt per year, we have to be able to test them in the air. The new location is only 17 km away from the current Pipistrel headquartes, but the weather is completely different.
The third reason is the availabulity of space for construction. At the airport in Ajdovščina, we're slowly running out of space. At the Gorizia airport, there is still plenty of it available. This leaves us freedom for possible future expansions.
The fourth reason – the administrative one – is that the Slovene ministry of Defense did not enable us to purchase the terrain adjacent to our existing HQ building in Ajdovščina. The Italian ENAC (civil aviation authority), however, issued the permission in 5 months while the other authorities – the airport terrain lies between two municipalities, Gorizia and Savogna d'Isonzo – immediately started to work together to ease the process. The two mayors really commited themselves to this project, they helped us to obtain all permits and agreements, they appealed for the support of the regional government, contacted banks, they even changed the spatial plan and the road infrastructure, they arranged everything – they really go out of their way to help us!


The construction was enabled by the Italian Directorate of Aviation (ENAC) which offered to Pipistrel a plot of ground (30.000 m2) at the Gorizia Airport for long-term management, and the municipality Sovodnje - Savogna d’Isonzo, which enabled and facilitated the beginning of construction on its territory by issuing all the necessary permits and deeds in a very short time.

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The value of the building together with the modern administration and management extension, exterior and all the equipment amounts to 5 million Euro. As the building grounds were granted by the relevant authorities, the total cost of the investment turned out to be so much lower that Pipistrel could place a 1,1 MW solar power plant worthy 2 million Euro on the roof of the complex. The combined worth of the investment is 7 million Euro, or € 8,47 M together with VAT.

The complex will be built over the next two years. We foresee the first aircraft to be produced there in 2015.
Simultaneously a very demanding and expensive process of certifying the aircraft Panthera is in progress, to be concluded by the beginning of 2015.

The complex will have 10.000 m2 of footprint and in excess of 12.000 m2 of useful covered surfaces. It will have super-standard insulation and, same as the Pipistrel Headquarters complex in Ajdovščina, it will be energetically self-sufficient using reneweable sources of energy.

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When the serial production operates will full speed, the factory will produce one aircraft per day. It will provide the opportunity for 200 highly-valued job positions.

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The cornerstone ceremony

A large crowd gathered on Saturday, 17. March 2012 at the edge of the Duca d'Aosta airport in Roje, Italy, to witness the laying of the foundation stone for Pipistrel's new aircraft factory. Many important local and regional officials and politicians from both Italy and Slovenia were present to hail this new undertaking.

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The gathered crowd

The Pipistrel company way represented by the R&D engineers.

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R&D engineers from Pipistrel: (left to right) Vid Plevnik, Igor Perkon and Tine Tomažič.

Cav. Adriano Ceccherini, the project manager and the co-owner of the Pipistrel Italia LSA company, greeted the present spectators and thanked everyone who contributed to the realization of the plan and the beginning of the construction.

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Cav. Adriano Checcherini shakes hands with the general consul of Slovenia in Trieste, Vlasta Valenčič Pelikan.

Alenka Florenin, mayor of the Savogna d'Isonzo municipality, where the terrain for the new fgactory is located, greeted the assembled public. The mayor of Gorizia, Ettore Romoli (the airport Duca d'Aosta of Gorizia is under his jurisdiction) also spoke a few words.

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Alenka Florenin, mayor of the Savogna d'Isonzo municipality

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Ettore Romoli, mayor of Gorizia, next to the prefect of Gorizia Maria Augusta Marrosu

The president of the region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Renzo Tondo welcomed the »Slovene friends arriving at the airport bringing sophisticated technology and excellent knowhow«, in his speech.
He added that the FVG region supports international cooperation along the Italian-Slovenian border.

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The president of the region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Renzo Tondo, places the foundation stone.

The president of the regional government of Gorizia, Enrico Gherghetta, expressed his good wishes and the prefect of the region, Maria Augusta Marrosu praised Pipistrel for being »…an industry of excellence and top-level achievements, which are the future of the European Union as well as our Gorizia.«  The foundation stone was blessed by the priest of Savogna, Karel Bolčina. Slovenia was represented by the general consul of Slovenia in Trieste, Vlasta Valenčič Pelikan. There were also several mayors of both Italian and Slovene municipalities.

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Grazia Rusjan, the grand-daughter of legendary aviation pioneer Edvard Rusjan, takes a look at the foundation stone.
The aviator Rusjan took off with his aircraft for the first time in 1909 from the Gorizia airport.
The representative of the Italian ENAC-a (Directorate for Civil aviation) was also present at the event.

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Dr. Domenico Rana, representative of the ENAC.


In the name of Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovščina, we would like to thank everyone present and everyone who helped or facilitated the process which led to the beginning of costruction.
Ivo Boscarol CEO Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovščina, CEO Pipistrel LSA S.p.A

High resolution images available upon request.


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NA LETALIŠČU V ROJAH PRI ITALIJANSKI GORICI PRIČETEK DEL ZA IZGRADNJO NOVE PIPISTRELOVE TOVARNE IN POLOŽITEV TEMELJNEGA KAMNA

Pričetek del v februarju in razminiranje območja

Z velikim veseljem sporočamo, da so v petek, 24. Februarja 2012, po planu pričela pripravljalna dela za izgradnjo nove tovarne letal na letališču v Italijanski Gorici, 25 kilometrov oddaljeni od matične tovarne. Nova proizvodna hala bo stala ob robu letališča Duca d'Aosta poleg Italijanske Gorice, natančneje na mestu treh prej obstoječih hangarjev.
Območje, kjer bo stala nova tovarna, spada med področja, ki so bila med prvo svetovno vojno močno bombardirana in za katere velja zakon, da jih je potrebno pred začetkom gradbenih del razminirati. To bo z odstranitvijo kompletne vegetacije ter plasti humusa v naslednjih mesecih opravilo za to pooblaščeno podjetje.
Ko bo ta proces končan, se bo pričela izgradnja tovarne.

Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovščina je leta 2010 v Italiji kot večinski lastnik (81%) ustanovil hčerinsko podjetje Pipistrel LSA S.p.A., ki bo proizvajalo štirisedežno letalo Panthera.

Moderno, štirisedežno potovalno poslovno letalo Panthera pri katerem bodo kupci lahko izbirali med klasičnim pogonom na bencin, hibridnim pogonom in popolnoma električnim pogonom, je tako revolucionarno, da ima podjetje že sedaj, pred prvo uradno predstavitvijo v zraku več deset naročil z vplačanimi avansi.

Več podrobnosti o letalu:
http://www.pipistrel.si/plane/panthera/overview
na voljo pa je tudi pdf brošura (v angleškem jeziku), ki si jo lahko prenesete tukaj:
http://www.pipistrel.si/en/file/download/249_1089b048b68b/panthera_brochure.pdf


Poleg tridesetih razvojnih inženirjev, zaposlenih v Pipistrelovem oddelku za razvoj in raziskave, pri razvoju Panthere sodeluje še nekaj Pipistrelovih kooperantov ter sodelavcev iz Slovenije. Letalo in vsi sistemi na njem so v celoti plod slovenskega znanja.

Na vprašanje, zakaj se je za gradnjo odločil v sosednji Italiji, direktor podjetja Ivo Boscarol odgovarja:
»Razlogov za gradnjo v Italiji je več.
Eden od njih je seveda tako imenovani bilateralni sporazum o letalski varnosti. Novice, da bo podpis mogoče
le uspel, smo prejeli šele zelo pred kratkim. Za enkrat je še precej v
zraku, zato se raje ne želimo zanašati na to. Čeprav se predstavniki slovenske vlade zelo trudijo in nam pri tem pomagajo, so škarje in platno vendarle v rokah Američanov, tako da ne moremo biti gotovi, kdaj se bo podpis res tudi zgodil.
Drugi razlog je vreme: v Ajdovščini je preko 100 dni na leto neletečih zaradi burje. Pri proizvodnji 200 letal na leto si česa takega seveda ne moremo privoščiti. Nova lokacija je od sedanjega sedeža podjetja oddaljena le 17 minut vožnje po avtocesti, pa je vreme tam čisto drugačno.
Tretji razlog je sama razpoložljivost prostora, ki ga na letališču v Ajdovščini že malo zmanjkuje, na letališču v italijanski Gorici pa ga je na pretek. To pušča odprte možnosti za morebitne širitve v
prihodnosti.
Četrti razlog pa je ta, da nam slovensko ministrstvo za obrambo ni omogočilo nakupa dodatnega prostora ob obstoječi hali na letališču v Ajdovščini.
Italijanski ENAC je izdal koncesijo v 5 mesecih, lokalne oblasti so pa so takoj stopile v akcijo in se povezale (letališče je namreč na področju dveh občin – Sovodnje in Gorica). Župana obeh občin sta takoj začela
akcijo pridobivanja soglasij, trudita se za podporo pokrajine ter bank, na občini so spremenili prostorski plan in celo cestno infrastrukturo ter nam priskočili na pomoč z vsemi dovoljenji – skratka, neverjetno se trudijo!«

Gradnjo tovarne sta omogočila Italijanski direktorat za civilno letalstvo ENAC, ki je Pipistrelu LSA S.p.A. odstopil v dolgoročno upravljanje 30.000 m2 veliko parcelo na letališči v Italijanski Gorici, ter Občina Sovodnje-Savogna d'Isonzo, ki je v kratkem času s sprejetjem vseh potrebnih aktov ter izdajo dovoljenj omogočila gradnjo na svojem teritoriju.

Vrednost same zgradbe z modernim upravno poslovnim aneksom, zunanjo ureditvijo ter opremo je 5 milijonov Evrov. Ker je z dodelitvijo parcele odpadel začetni strošek nabave zemljišča se je strošek celotne investicije toliko zmanjšal, da se je Pipistrel lahko odločil na strehi objekta postaviti 1,1 MW sončno elektrarno v vrednosti 2 milijona Evrov. Celotna vrednost investicije je tako 7 milijonov Evrov, oziroma z DDV 8,47 milijona Evrov.

Objekt bo predvidoma zgrajen v slabih dveh letih, prva letala pa bodo narejena v njem leta 2015. V tem času vzporedno poteka izjemno zahteven ter drag proces certifikacije letala Panthera, ki bo zaključen v začetku leta 2015.
Objekt tlorisa 10.000 m2 in skupne uporabne pokrite površine preko 12.000 m2 bo nadstandardno izoliran ter enako kot objekt v Ajdovščini, energetsko samozadosten iz obnovljivih virov.
Ko bo proizvodnja stekla s polno kapaciteto bo iz tovarne prišlo eno letalo na dan, zaposlovala pa bo približno 200 kvalitetnih delovnih mest.


Postavitev temeljnega kamna za novo halo

Tik ob letališču na Rojcah v Gorici so v soboto, 17. marec 2012 ob 11ih dopoldne slovesno položili temeljni kamen za novo tovarno slovenskega proizvajalca vrhunskih ultralahkih letal Pipistrel. Novo pridobitev so pozdravili številni lokalni in regijski politiki in funkcionarji ter visoki predstavniki tako italijanskih kot tudi slovenskih organizacij.
Navzoče je v imenu Pipistrela na slovesnosti pozdravil tudi projektni menedžer in solastnik podjetja Pipistrel Italia LSA, Cav. Adriano Ceccherini, ki se je zahvalil vsem, ki so pripomogli, da je prišlo do realizacije načrta in začetka gradnje proizvodnih prostorov.
Zbrane sta pozdravila tudi županja občine Sovodnje ob Soči Alenka Florenin, pod upravo katere spada zemljišče, na katerem bo zgrajena nova tovarna, in goriški župan Ettore Romoli, pod čigar administrativno upravo spada goriško letališče.
Zbrane je nagovoril tudi predsednik pokrajine FJK Renzo Tondo, ki je v nagovoru pozdravil "slovenske prijatelje, ki prihajajo na goriško letališče na Rojcah z vrhunsko tehnologijo in z odličnim znanjem". Dodal je, da se deželna uprava FJK zavzema za vse večje sodelovanje na in ob nekdanji državni meji med Slovenijo in Italijo. Kot je tudi večkrat poudaril, je edina prihodnost za industrijo v veliki specializaciji in odličnosti.

Predsednik pokrajine FJK Renzo Tondo polaga temeljni kamen.
Vse dobro je slovenskemu podjetju zaželel tudi predsednik goriške pokrajinske uprave Enrico Gherghetta, medtem ko je goriška prefektinja Maria Augusta Marrosu pohvalila Pipistrel, ki ga je že obiskala: "To je industrija odličnosti in vrhunskih dosežkov, v tem je tudi prihodnost EU in naše Gorice."
Temeljni kamen novega Pipistrelovega podjetja je blagoslovil sovodenjski župnik Karel Bolčina, medtem ko je Slovenijo na slovesnosti zastopala generalna konzulka Slovenije v Trstu Vlasta Valenčič Pelikan. Navzočih je bilo tudi več slovenskih in italijanskih obmejnih županov.

Polaganje temeljnega kamna si je ogledala tudi Grazia Rusjan, vnukinja letalskega pionirja Edvarda Rusjana. Rusjan je s svojim letalom prvič poletel prav z goriškega letališča.
Na postavitvi je bil prisoten tudi predstavnik italijanskega ENAC-a Dr. Domenico Rana. ENAC (Italijanski direktorat za civilno letalstvo) je Pipistrelu omogočil hitro in enostavno pridobitev koncesije.

Vsem skupaj se v imenu podjetja Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovščina najlepše zahvaljujemo.

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