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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: The Panthera's Garmin panel has dual G3X Touch

displays, glareshield-mounted gear and flap controls (with indicators that
flash when they're in transit), and control sticks with hat-style trim controls.
The red streamer is for the ballistic parachute handle. The Panthera's clean,
business-like power qaudrant; and textured leather seats reminiscent of those
found in business jets. Seats are reclined to give more headroom.

Pipistrel's Panthera, a sleek four-seater
with base price of $600,000 and a 200knot maximum cruise, has finally arrived
in the United States to pretty much universal enthusiasm. Deposits have been placed
for 10 of the first airplanes, certified under
experimental exhibition rules, with some
of the checks dating back to 2019; 50 more
deposits are on the books for the FAR Part
23 version that should follow in 2022. It's
surprising that most of these orders were
placed by pilots who'd never even sat in
the airplane, let alone flown it. Now that's
a sign of a compelling design.
The Panthera looks like it's going 200
knots just sitting on the ramp. Its all-composite airframe has been optimized for low
drag, so there's little frontal area and great
attention to detail when it comes to fit and
finish. Starting at the front, you can see the
tight cowling and smallish engine cooling
inlets, which feed ram air into a massive plenum to maximize cooling. The airplane's
260-horsepower Lycoming IO-540 also has
tuned Inconel exhaust stacks for improved
combustion efficiency and lower noise profiles. Its titanium landing gear assemblies
are light, yet strong, and Beringer wheels
also were chosen for their light weight.

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