Unique 4-seater with an attractive design and efficient performance!
The sky has opened-up like never before and borders are falling every day. The need for travelling long distances quickly and efficiently has never been greater. Imagine an airplane, that can fully take advantage of small, short-runway airfields that bring you closer than ever to your destination or fly around the world and open a whole new world of opportunities. Panthera is an airplane that is carefully designed to keep you safe, comfortable, being at the same time quiet and friendly to the environment. It is an innovative airplane, which instantly catches attention.
Panthera has been designed from the very beginning to be available with either electric engine, hybrid propulsion or petrol engine – in this case, Pipistrel decided for Mogas fuel due to lower price and better availability in several parts of the world comparing to Avgas.
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It is important to highlight Panthera’s key outstanding characteristics:
Panthera is designed by applying the most modern design and construction techniques, on top of 30 years of knowledge, experience and excellence in building aircraft. Panthera’s organic curves are a product of optimization through advanced, in-house developed computer tools, where each detail is designed to ensure minimum drag and maximum efficiency.
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 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.
(Video) Pipistrel Panthera | promo video
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. The central stick is ergonomic and provides the sporty feel signature to Panthera. The two back seats are very wide and convenient. 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 the 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.
Available colour combinations of the interior: Panthera interior.pdf – download here
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.
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 atboth low- and high speeds as well as low altitudes.
[ Innovation ]
Special attention has been paid to engineer the aerodynamic shape, which gives Panthera excellent handling at low speeds and superior stall/post-stall characteristics. Panthera's organic curves are a product of optimization through advanced, in-house developed
computer tools, where each detail is designed to ensure minimum drag and maximum efficiency. This allowed for Panthera to be designed and flown in a virtual environment with a great degree of accuracy even before the first component was produced.
[ Configurations ]
The retractable landing gear features a full trailing link design with an oleo-pneumatic suspension element on all three wheels. The main undercarriage struts are innovatively built from grade five titanium for increased robustness, light weight and care free operation on standard and/or rugged runways.
[ Cabin comfort ]
The instrument panel is designed to embrace the pilot and provide ultimate sensation, while optimizing outside visibility.By having just one central pillar, the pilot's view forward and sideways is virtually unobstructed, thus greatly improving the safety of flight.
Exquisite and hand crafted leather shapes the interior of the Panthera. Seating comfort is guaranteed by a selection of materials with different softness. The result is a breathable,multi zone support seat, makingthose 1000NM flights your best travel experience.
[ Instruments ]
Years of research in human interface and ergonomics contributed to the superior design of the cabin and the pilot space. As soon as you grab the power lever, you feel the Panthera experience. The innovative and patented 3D trim interface allows the pilot to trim the aircraft in a quicker, more intuitive and precise way.
On the full IFR panel there are three functional areas: 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.
[ Safety ]
Panthera features a full-airframe parachute rescue system, which was specially developed to allow deployment at both low and high speeds, as well as at 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 meet the latest +26G CS/FAR-23 certification standards.
[ Materials & Technology ]
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 aircraft structure is made from carbon-fibre composites,
while antistatic materials and Kevlar™ strengthen the construction.The retractable trailing-link undercarriage is built from titanium, giving it superior strength and energy absorption properties at minimum system weight.
- PANTHERA Non-TC Factory Finished (with Certified Lycoming IO-540V-V4A5)
- PANTHERA Individual Non-TC Self-built (with Certified Lycoming IO-540V-V4A5 – requires approximately 1800 hours of skilled labor)
- PANTHERA EASA TCCS-23 Amdt 5 – product launch in 2022
- PANTHERA HYBRID Non-TC Factory Finished– under development
- PANTHERA ELECTRO Non-TC Factory Finished – under development
TECHNICAL DATA PIPISTREL PANTHERA
|max power||260 hp / 194 kW|
|WEIGHTS AND DIMENSIONS|
|max take off mass, MTOM||1315 kg / 2900 lb (subject to extension to 1360 kg / 3000 lb)|
|useful payload||500 kg / 1100 lb|
|total usable fuel||2 x 105 l / 2 x 27.7 gal|
|full fuel payload||350 kg / 770 lb|
|length||8.07 m / 26 ft 6 in|
|wingspan||10.86 m / 35 ft 8 in|
|height||2.19 m / 7 ft 2 in|
|wing area||11.2 m2/ 121 ft2|
|PERFORMANCE (at MTOM)|
|stall speed (flaps extended),VS0||55 KIAS|
|stall speed (flaps retracted),VS||60 KIAS|
|maneuvering speed, VA||143 KIAS|
|never exceed speed, VNE||220 KIAS|
|Performance cruise speed at 75% power||198 KTAS, FL 80|
|climb rate at MTOM and VY||6.6 m/s / 1300 ft/min|
|take off ground roll||372 m / 1220 ft|
|take-off distance (50 ft obstacle)||657 m / 2155 ft|
|landing distance (50 ft obstacle)||706 m / 2316 ft|
|landing ground roll||346 m / 1135 ft|
|fuel consumption at 75% power||56 l/h / 14.8 gal/h|
|range (with 45 min reserve)||> 1000 nm, 155 KTAS, FL 120, 4 people aboard (4 x 86 kg)|
|ceiling||7600 m / FL250|
Note: Data is for sea level, hard runway, ISA conditions. Pipistrel reserves the right to revise this data sheet whenever occasioned by product improvement, government/authority regulations or other good cause.
|Panthera Hybrid Exp||Panthera Electro Exp|
|Powerplant||Hybrid 200 kW take-off power||Electric 200 kW take-off power|
|Rated power||200 kW (150 kW continuous)|
Maximum cruise power 100 kW
|200 kW (150 kW continuous)|
|Weight and Dimensions|
|MTOM||1315 kg / 2900 lb||1315 kg / 2900 lb|
|Useful payload||415 kg / 915 lb||TBD|
|Total usable fuel||2 x 105 l / 2 x 27.7 gal||N/A|
|Full fuel payload||265 kg / 585 lb||N/A|
|Wingspan||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|
|Height||2.19 m / 7 ft 2 in||2.19 m / 7 ft 2 in|
|Wing area||11.2 m2/ 121 ft2||11.2 m2/ 121ft2|
|Performance (at MTOM)|
|Stall speed (flaps extended)||60 KIAS||62 KIAS|
|Stall speed (flaps retracted)||65 KIAS||68 KIAS|
|Manoeuvring speed VA||143 KIAS||143 KIAS|
|Maximum structural cruise speed VC||175 KIAS||175 KIAS|
|Never exceed speed VNE||220 KIAS||220 KIAS|
|Typical cruise speed at 75% power||177 KTAS @ FL150 (full generator power)||TBD|
|Typical cruise speed at 55% power||N/A||177 KIAS|
|Climb rate at MTOM and VY||5.8 m/s / 1150 fpm||5.8 m/s / 1150 fpm|
|Take off ground roll||290 m||290 m|
|Take-off distance (50 ft. obstacle)||530 m||530 m|
|Landing distance (50 ft. obstacle)||570 m||570 m|
|Landing ground roll|
|Consumption at Performance cruise||TBD||TBD|
|Consumption at Economy cruise||TBD||TBD|
|Range with 45 min reserve||TBD||TBD|
Note: Data is provisional. The aircraft are under development and the parameters are subject to change.
Internal cabin dimensions
Field of vision
PANTHERA INDIVIDUAL SELF-BUILT
Intended for registration in US Experimental – Exhibition, Air Racing and Market Surveys – category.
Scope of work
Parts and material supplied by Pipistrel
- All composite parts fabricated (fuselage, wings, tail, doors, instrument panel, seats, parachute container, landing gears covers, engine cowling, windshield and door glazing, dedicated glue for the windshield included)
- All metal parts fabricated (welded and painted controls, levers, and engine mount), hinges, firewall protection, retractable landing gear with an auxiliary mechanical retractor, wheels with tires
- All electric components supplied (flap and landing gear actuators, switches, lights, circuit breakers, fuselage wiring-harness finished)
- Avionics complete set included
- Engine with governor, alternator, customized air ducts, exhaust, rubber vibration absorbers
- Complete propeller assembly
- Ballistic Parachute Rescue System
- Wiring diagram
- IPC (explosion drawing assemblies)
- Assembly instructions (procedure instructions)
Tasks pre-finished by Pipistrel
- Fitment of wings to the fuselage
- All welding and machining of the metal parts
- Control system partially installed
- Landing gear partially installed
- Ventilation and heating system partially installed
Parts and material not included (to be furnished by the customer)
- Preparing all surfaces for painting
- Fitment the doors, bonding transparent surfaces, fitting door mechanisms
- Painting of all parts – interior and exterior
- Polishing of the exterior surfaces
- Upholstering of interior
- Engine furnishing (sensors, plenum, exhaust system, governor, fuel supply, etc.)
- Preassembly of wings, rudder, elevator
- Engine installation
- Propeller installation
- Build-up of instrument panel
- Installation of instrument panel
- Build-up and installation of wiring harness in wings
- Completion of control system installation
- Completion of landing-gear installation
- Completion of ventilation and cabin heating installation
- Installation of the ballistic parachute rescue system
- Avionics power-up and calibration
- Engine set-up before flight
- Aircraft weighing and CG determination
- Aircraft registration and insurance
- Aircraft test flights
MANUALS & BULLETINS
Manuals are released to customers upon aircraft delivery or upon special request.
CERTIFICATES & REGISTRATIONS
Certificate of Airworthiness according to Civil Aviation Safety Regulations of Australia
Certificate of Airworthiness for VH-BEL PIPISTREL Panthera 22-01-2020
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|Introduction||2013 Part 23 certification anticipated for in 2022|
Pipistrel's Panthera, a sleek four-seater with base price of $600,000 and a 200-knot maximum cruise, has finally arrived in the United States to pretty much universal enthusiasm.
Standard on the Panthera is a specially designed German MT propeller. Panthera specs cite a range of 1,000 nm and a maximum certified ceiling of 25,000 feet. For readers doing their own research, there is an experimental version of the Panthera in Europe, but that model will not be available in the US.
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.
Its price will be one factor, and as of this writing Diamond has said that average-equipped DA50 RGs will go for about $1.3 million.