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Panthera: 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 traveling 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.

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.

It is specially optimized 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 realized 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 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 maximal range is available with any payload, something which pilots of four-seat airplanes have been wishing for. The 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.

Cabin comfort:

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.

Materials and technology:

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 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 the 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 realize 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.


  • 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 TC CS-23 Amdt 5 – product launch in 2022
  • PANTHERA HYBRID Non-TC Factory Finished – under development
  • PANTHERA ELECTRO Non-TC Factory Finished – under development


ENGINE Lycoming IO-540V-V4A5
max power 260 hp / 194 kW
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
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
  • Garmin G3X GDU 460 dual 10-inch display PFD and MFD (dual ADAHRS, Synthetic Vision, EMS, ARINC module)
  • Garmin GMC 307 2-axis GPS-slaved digital autopilot
  • Garmin GTN 750 Xi Com/Nav/IFR GPS, touch screen
  • Garmin GTN 650 Xi Second Com/NAV/IFR GPS, touch screen
  • Garmin GMA 35 Remote Audio Panel, Intercom
  • Garmin GTX 345R Transponder Mode C/S ES ADS-B In/Out
  • Artex ELT 345 (406 MHz)
  • Mid-Continent Instruments SAM Backup Airspeed, Backup Altimeter, Backup Artificial Horizon

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.


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)
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 / 121 ft²
Performance (at MTOM)
Stall speed (flaps extended) 60 KIAS 62 KIAS
Stall speed (flaps retracted) 65 KIAS 68 KIAS
Maneuvering 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
Ceiling TBD TBD

Note: Data is provisional. The aircraft are under development and the parameters are subject to change.


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)

  • Paint and painting material

  • Upholstery, apart from seat cushioning

Customer tasks

  • 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 are released to customers upon aircraft delivery or upon special request.
Certificate of Airworthiness according to Civil Aviation Safety Regulations of Australia
Certificate of Airworthiness for VH-BEL PIPISTREL Panthera 22-01-2020 (PDF)