STA, 5 March 2020 - The Slovenian ultralight aircraft maker Pipistrel has signed a letter of intent with Australian company Eyre to There for the production of the electric two-seaters Alpha Electro. In the first phase 15 aircraft are to be exported to Australia, later the aircraft would be produced there.
Eyre to There would thus become the first producer of electric planes in Australia. It could produce up to a hundred planes a year, Pipistrel told the STA, adding that the deal with the Australian company is still in its initial phase.
A two-seat electric plane is ideal for flight training, Eyre to There CEO Barrie Rogers told the Australian magazine Aviation.
The 250 flight schools registered in Australia are currently using some 3,400 aircraft for training. A quarter of the training is dedicated to take-offs and landing near airports and Pipistrel's aircraft are very much appropriate for this, Rogers said.