Pipistrel of Slovenia sells this and other non-electric Taurus gliders, which have won prizes for efficiency. CEO Ivo Boscarol said customers who have ordered the company's other lightweight craft are closely eyeing the new, "greener" electric model, which will cost around $133,000, or 85,000 euros.
The Federal Aviation Administration considers electric aircraft experimental, so they can't be flown under the same rules as light sport aircraft. However, the Experimental Aircraft Association last week asked the FAA to change the classifications, and expects a decision within about six months. If the rule changes, the U.S. market for personal, electric aircraft is likely to expand.
May 1, 2008 2:32 PM PDT
Photo by: Pipistrel
| Caption by: Elsa Wenzel
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