This version of Panthera with its pure-electric 200 kW powertrain is a treat for the high-tech enthusiasts and those to whom the environment matters. The goal is to demonstrate the ability of covering 400 km (215 NM), quietly, efficiently, with absolutely zero emissions and for a fraction of cost. The platform is open and ready to except future generations of battery technologies, which will increase the operating range.
iFly and Pipistrel introduces the Wildly Innovative Panthera in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
The sky has opened-up like never before and borders are falling every day. The need of traveling long distance, quickly and efficiently has never been greater. Yet, who likes to be stuck at a big airport, going through long lines of security check to board the aeroplane to the point of call? Imagine a fast yet extremely economic aeroplane, which can take you and your friends, colleagues or business partners anywhere you want, whenever you want. Imagine an aeroplane, that can fully take advantage of small, short-runway airfields that bring you closer than ever to your destination and open a whole new world of opportunities. An aeroplane, designed meticulously to keep you safe, comfortable, is quiet and friendly to the environment. An innovative aeroplane, which instantly catches attention. Your quiet, high performance bubble of safety, your personal time machine.
Years ago, people said it is impossible to produce an microlight aircraft light and streamlined enough to be safe and efficient. We did it. People said it is impossible to beat the NASA Centennial Challenges. We went ahead and did what nobody did before – we won the NASA Challenges three times, also winning the Green Flight Challenge 2011 with the first ever electric powered 4-seater Taurus G4. They keep saying it is impossible to make a practical electric-powered aircraft presently. We did it already back in 2007 with the first electric two seater in the World. Clearly we see and do things differently and have a pioneering vision.
We do not imitate, we innovate!
Now, with a quarter of a century of experience, we are presenting a fast, safe, quiet and comfortable aeroplane, which can use runways shorter than ever before and go the full distance with four people aboard. An aeroplane, which is ready for the future and consumes 40% less fuel while going faster, further. This is our idea how a modern, four seat CS/FAR-23 certified aeroplane should be like.
Panthera is making it a reality.
Panthera is designed by applying the most modern design and construction techniques, on top of 25 years of knowledge, experience and excellence in building aircraft.
Panthera's organic curves are a product of optimisation through advanced, in-house developed computer tools, where each detail is designed to ensure minimum drag and maximum efficiency. This allowed for the Panthera to be designed and flown in a virtual environment with great degree of accuracy even before the first component was produced.
Using state of the art CAD tools, all the aircraft components were packaged into a minimum and therefore highly efficient shape, while keeping the passenger cabin spacious and comfortable. It is the first aircraft in its class to be designed to be comfortable for four passengers of any body type.
Realizing the complex shapes and structures of Panthera was possible only by using modern rapid prototyping/milling techniques. By directly translating the CAD models into complex shapes it is ensured that the predicted aerodynamic properties of the aircraft are realized, and that the structural integrity matches the results of the finite element predictions.
Attention to details is visible also when it comes to airframe components and equipment. The propeller and exhaust system, for example, are specially optimised to ensure minimum noise and maximum performance, reducing the aircraft's environmental footprint and increasing cabin comfort. Panthera also features all electric systems for component actuation. Its titanium trailing-link undercarriage, flaps and trim are all electrically operated, resulting in low weight and maximum reliability by removing the need for complex and heavy hydraulic systems. All internal and external lighting is realised using state-of-the-art LED technology, providing for better clarity, recognition and feel.
Panthera achieves unprecedented efficiency through careful aerodynamic shaping, retractable titanium undercarriage, lightweight advanced composite structure, a tailor made propeller and a dedicated performance exhaust system. Efficiency does not only reflect itself in a low fuel consumption at 200 kts, but is translated directly into more speed for the same power. No other four seat aircraft exists that flies this fast on the same engine! For the owner/operator this represents significantly lower operating costs and simplified maintenance. The 1000 NM range is available with 4 people on board, something which pilots of four seat aeroplanes have been wishing for. Robust design of the undercarriage and low overall weight allows for operations from short grass strips, taking you as close as possible to your desired destination. The engine is ready for the future, able to accept unleaded fuels and meeting the future environmental requirements. Hybrid and electric models further reduce the take-off noise footprint by taking advantage of the pure-electric take-off.
One of the major design points of Panthera is the state-of-the art ergonomic cabin. All features provide superior comfort and usability for people of all sizes. Access is easy via three large gull-wing style doors, two in the front for pilot and co-pilot and one for the back row of seats. Pilot and co-pilot seats are adjustable, as are the rudder pedals. The central stick is ergonomic and provides the sporty feel signature to Panthera. Back seats are very wide and feature a 2+1 seating arrangement. There is a supersized – standard cabin luggage sized – cargo door, but the cargo can also be accessed from the cockpit during the flight! The interior is furnished with highest quality leather and LED lighting for exclusive feel and functionality. Climate is controlled thanks to the on-board air-condition with automatic ventilation (optional). It will keep you cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Also special is the solar-powered ventilation which keeps the cabin cool when Panthera is parked outside in the sun!
The instrument panel is designed to embrace the pilot and provide ultimate sensation and outside visibility. The view from the cockpit is completely redefined by a using a single pillar between the pilots – in this way the visibility forward and sideward is free of obstacles, greatly increasing the safety of flight.
There are three functional areas on the full IFR panel, the upper back-up/annunciator area, the PFD/MFD area and the communication stack. The avionics are gathered around a Garmin G500 series PFD/MFD synthetic vision screen and the new state of the art Garmin GTN series touch-screen Flight Management Systems. The ease of use and reliability of Garmin avionics is second to none, but the cockpit environment of the Panthera further enhances the experience. The GTN 750 and 635 dual COM/NAV feature full touch screen controls, which maximise screen size and allow for simplified navigation and graphical flight planning. Draw a path on the navigation screen with your finger and Panthera's full featured autopilot can follow it. It's magic! In addition, the fully integrated modular cockpit provides all terrain, traffic and weather alerts (in areas where applicable). Transponder and 3D audio-panel are integrated and courtesy of the Garmin GTN 750.
Panthera is your personal high performance bubble of safety! As part of the rich serial equipment, Panthera features a full-airframe parachute rescue system, which was specially developed so it can be deployed at both low- and high speeds as well as low altitudes.
The cabin has been engineered as a safety cell/roll bar with built-in energy absorption zones, providing superior safety to the occupants in the event of an accident. The seats and safety belts are engineered to latest +26G CS/FAR-23 certification standards. Immediately noticeable is the incredible view from the cockpit. By having just one central pillar, the pilot's view forward and sideward is virtually unobstructed, thus greatly improving the safety of flight. The ergonomic cockpit comes with special annunciation panels, improving situational awareness when it comes to different audio and visual alarms (terrain, stall, overspeed, engine issues, etc.).
Panthera's performance also contributes to safety – the lightweight structure, powered by powerful engines means that you will reach safe speeds and altitudes much quicker than usual, reducing time spent in the »critical zones«. Special attention has been paid to realise the aerodynamic shape, which gives Panthera excellent handling at low speeds and superior stall/post-stall characteristics. Also important are tailored solutions to simplify maintenance, thus reducing the probability of mistakes occurring during the check-ups.
Each detail of Panthera's graceful lines has been thoroughly aerodynamically optimized using customized, state of the art computational fluid dynamics software, resulting in a smooth and clean shape. The specially designed wing airfoils are optimized for cruise efficiency and therefore speed, while at the same time ensuring high maximum lift and docile stall characteristics. Its instantly recognizable T-tail ensures low interference drag and helps improve spin characteristics by preventing the horizontal stabilizer from shadowing the rudder at high angles of attack.
Realizing Panthera's aerodynamic shape while still ensuring maximum safety and keeping the weight low would be impossible without the use of advanced next-gen materials. The majority of the structure of the aircraft is made from carbon-fibre composites, with antistatic materials and Kevlar used in areas where it matters. The retractable trailing-link undercarriage is built from titanium, giving it superior strength and energy absorption properties at minimum system weight. All actuation systems on the aircraft are fully electric, avoiding the need for complex and heavy hydraulics.
Panthera exp & cert
Panthera Hybrid exp
Panthera Electro exp
|Category||Utility (+4.4 g, -1.76 g)||Utility (+4.4 g, -1.76 g)||Utility (+4.4 g, -1.76 g)||Utility (+4.4 g, -1.76 g)|
|Powerplant||Lycoming IO-390||Lycoming IO-540V||Hybrid 200 kW take-off power||Electric 200 kW take-off power|
|Rated power||210 HP||260 HP||200 kW (150 kW continuous)
Maximum cruise power 100 kW
|200 kW (150 kW continuous)|
|MTOM||1315 kg / 2900 lbs||1315 kg / 2900 lbs||1315 kg / 2900 lbs||1315 kg / 2900 lbs|
|Useful payload||545 kg / 1200 lbs||500 kg / 1100 lbs||415 kg / 915 lbs||TBD|
|Total useable fuel||2x 105 l / 2x 27.7 gal||2x 105 l / 2x 27.7 gal||2x 105 l / 2x 27.7 gal||n/a|
|Full fuel payload||395 kg / 870 lbs||350 kg / 770 lbs||265 kg / 585 lbs||n/a|
|Wing span||10.86 m / 35 ft 8 in||10.86 m / 35 ft 8 in||10.86 m / 35 ft 8 in||10.86 m / 35 ft 8 in|
|Length||8.07 m / 26 ft 6 in||8.07 m / 26 ft 6 in||8.07 m / 26 ft 6 in||8.07 m / 26 ft 6 in|
|Height||2.19 m / 7 ft 2 in||2.19 m / 7 ft 2 in||2.19 m / 7 ft 2 in||2.19 m / 7 ft 2 in|
|Wing area||11.2 m2/ 121 sqft||11.2 m2/ 121 sqft||11.2 m2/ 121 sqft||11.2 m2/ 121 sqft|
|Stall speed (flaps extended)||60 KIAS||60 KIAS||60 KIAS||60 KIAS|
|Stall speed (flaps retracted)||65 KIAS||65 KIAS||65 KIAS||65 KIAS|
|Rotation speed at MTOM||60 KIAS||60 KIAS||60 KIAS||60 KIAS|
|Maneuvering speed Va||143 KIAS||143 KIAS||143 KIAS||143 KIAS|
|Maximum structural cruise speed Vc||175 KIAS||175 KIAS||175 KIAS||175 KIAS|
|Never exceed speed Vne||220 KIAS||220 KIAS||220 KIAS||220 KIAS|
|Maximum horizontal speed||187 KTAS||203 KTAS||212 KTAS, FL 150||212 KTAS, FL 150|
|Performance cruise speed at 75% power||181 KTAS, FL 80||198 KTAS, FL 80||177 KTAS, FL 150 (full generator power)||TBD|
|Economy cruise speed at 65% power||173 KTAS, FL 120||193 KTAS, FL 120||n/a||TBD|
|Climb rate at MTOM and 105 KIAS||6.1 m/s / 1200 fpm||7.9 m/s / 1550 fpm||5.8 m/s / 1150 fpm||5.8 m/s / 1150 fpm|
|Take off run||365 m||295 m||290 m||290 m|
|Take-off distance (50 ft obst.)||670 m||540 m||530 m||530 m|
|Approach speed||80 KTAS||80 KTAS||80 KTAS||80 KTAS|
|Landing distance (50 ft obst.)||570 m||570 m||570 m||570 m|
|Consumption at Performance cruise speed||46 l/hour||56 l/hour||TBD||TBD|
|Consumption at Economy cruise speed||35 l/hour||46 l/hour||TBD||TBD|
|Range with 45 min reserve||> 1000 nm, 155 KTAS, FL 120,
4 people aboard (4x 86 kg)
|> 1000 nm, 155 KTAS, FL 120,
4 people aboard (4x 86 kg)
|> 1000 nm, 155 KTAS, FL 120||TBD|
|Ceiling||6100 m / FL 200||7600 m / FL 250||6100 m / FL 200||TBD|
Pipistrel reserves the right to revise the above data whenever occasioned by product improvement, government/authority regulations or other good cause.
Take-off and landing data valid for ISA sea level conditions.