The Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer represents a new concept of economic training for pilots!
Build on the solid pedigree of our extensive product line-up, the ALPHA TRAINER combines quality with a fantastic price tag. Affordable flying with no performance set-backs is now here !
It is an affordable two-seat composite aircraft which combines the Pipistrel quality, high-tech manufacturing and ease of use with a fantastic price. Powered by the Rotax 912 80 HP engine it burns only 2.5 US gal (9.5 liters) of ordinary mogas fuel per hour.
If you have been looking to improve the return on investment for your flight school? The Pipistrel ALPHA TRAINER may just be the perfect solution.
The name “Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer” describes the exact purpose of this exciting new aircraft designed for flying schools. The aircraft has been engineered with the "essence of training" as its primary design goal; training has to start somewhere, just like the alphabet starts with the letter “A” therefore this new aircraft bears the name ALPHA.
The times have been changing, but the ailing economy doesn't mean that people need to stop learning to fly. Most aircraft are too expensive for the average person or flight school to purchase, but Pipistrel has developed an entirely new approach to flight training and at a cost nearly half that of our competitors.
The new ALPHA Trainer is packed with some exciting features! Not only it is affordable to purchase, it is also very economical to maintain and fun to fly! In fact, we believe that no other LSA training aircraft offers as low operation costs as the new Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer!
Here are our ideas what a proper UL or LSA training airplane should be like. All of them have been incorporated in the ALPHA Trainer:
- It must be strong and easy to fly for beginner students
- It must have benign stall characteristics for the training market with no flying surprises
- It must be affordable and easy to operate, maintain and repair
- It must be capable of doing circuits all day long, in all conditions including excessive heat well above 100°F (37°C)
- It must have good ventilation and heating when required
- It must have approved strobes and lighting
- It must have a quiet cockpit for easy communication between instructor and student
- It must have guaranteed access to reliable spare parts supply to keep the aircraft on the flight line
- It must have reasonable range for cross-country flight training
- It must be easy to service daily and refuel
- It must have a ballistic parachute system
- It must have a durable finish for outdoor storage
- It must have good brakes for the odd ‘urgent occasion’
- It must have dual flight controls, easy and quickly adjustable for different sized people
- It must have an expected long operating life
- It must be tricycle configuration with steerable nose wheel
- It must have easy cockpit access, even for elderly students
- And did we say affordable to purchase and operate?
What is it that makes the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer so special?
The main undercarriage, which is made of composite material, has been reinforced to handle the hardest landings even at MTOW, which provides for a full fuel payload of 507 lbs (230 kg). The undercarriage is designed to be strong and durable and capable of accepting hard landings made by student pilots. The new nose leg is 2 inches (5 cm) shorter, lowering the nose and improving the visibility during taxi. Propeller clearance is not sacrificed because the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer uses a smaller 63” (162 cm) diameter fixed pitch propeller.
The Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer aircraft has a new central 13.2 US gal (50 l) fuel tank. 13.2 US gal (50 l) does not sound like much when you are talking about conventional aircraft, but Pipistrel aircraft are much more efficient! In reality 13.2 US gal (50 l) is more than enough for the ALPHA Trainer. The fuel tank now has a large opening which means it can be filled directly from fast flowing avgas pumps which are found at the large majority of airfields. The capacity will give the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer aircraft at least 324 NM (600 km) range 30 minutes reserve at normal cruise speeds of 108 kts (200 km/h). In the training role doing circuits the aircraft will be using less than 2.5 gallons per hour (7.6 liters per hour), effectively giving you 5 hours endurance from just 13.2 US gal (50 l) of fuel.
The Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer is fitted with the ever reliable Rotax 912 80 hp engine. While some may question whether 80 hp is enough, those familiar with Pipistrel know that our designs maximize performance with the given power. The 80 hp engine powers the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer to a respectable, Cessna 172 cruise speed of 108 knots (200km/h) and will achieve very short take-off distance and climb rates of over 1000 fpm (5 m/s). Pipistrel believes that the Rotax 80 hp engine is the ideal choice for a training aircraft, it is smooth and reliable, it is frugal with the fuel and the 2000 hour/15 year TBO is achievable.
New wing design
The Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer has a new wing design based on the already successful and proven Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft. With the redesigned wing the aircraft does not require airbrakes to land, further simplifying the cockpit controls for students. The new wings feature redesigned flaperons which now have +25° of flap travel enabling short field landings.
The new propeller for the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer is Pipistrel's own design, CNC machined in-house. It is manufactured from wood and is then protected with a durable covering including leading edge protection. Being a wooden propeller there is very little vibration which contributes towards the smooth running of the aircraft. A special covering makes the propeller very durable, offering years of use in a normal training environment.
The Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer is manufactured from state-of-the-art composite materials and has an empty weight of 100 pounds less than most competitors’ aircraft. This, combined with reduced drag, is one of the reasons why the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer can offer such good performance and economy.
Robust and durable
Durability in the training market requires careful planning. For this reason Pipistrel have chosen to supply the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer with extra heavy-duty seat fabric, the wheel spats are also removed from this aircraft meaning it’s impossible for a student to break them getting in and out and in the unlikely event of a puncture the wheel can be removed and replaced in around 2 minutes, again design features helping to keep the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer in the air and earning money rather than being in the repair shop.
The ALPHA Trainer has a luggage rack for storing of tie downs and ropes, water bottles, first aid kit and other accessories. Access to the storage area is through the cockpit seats which fold forward to offer easy and unrestricted access. There are also two large pockets on the sides of the instrument panel, ideal for storing maps and water bottles during flight.
The brakes have been redesigned and simplified for the Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer, offering exceptional braking performance even on short airfields. The directly steerable nose wheel can easily turn the aircraft in a very short distance and the brake shoes can be replaced in less than 15 minutes, keeping your maintenance costs down.
During our quarter of century of aircraft building experience we have learned that a training aircraft must have a classic-looking instrument panel, so we have kept this look but modernised the instruments for better visibility and reliability using large and very easy to read 3 1/8” (80 mm) ASI and ALT.
Conventional-looking aircraft instruments are all clearly labelled with the correct colour coded speeds and temperatures in a traditional and familiar training format.
Variometer and engine RPM counter have two separate displays while the other engine parameters are displayed in a common multifunction very bright full-colour display with audio alarms for exceeded values, which significantly increases the safety.
All avionics are well-lit with their own light source which enables good visibility during all kinds of light conditions; equally visible during both day and night flying.
Looking at the features, quality, performance and economy, the new Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer represents the best value in a composite aircraft in either USA LSA or EU UL class for the training market. When deciding on the ALPHA Trainer, be aware that you are purchasing a full-featured, fully equipped aeroplane, ready to operate on the flight line with no hidden costs or small print.
Working widely with several finance companies and business planners we have developed a complete turnkey solution for a start-up training school business, or for an existing training school looking to modernize the fleet while cutting current operating costs in half.
Want to cut your operation costs even further ?
The combination of the Alpha Trainer and the Alpha Trainer Electric (WATTsUP) is perfect for a Flying school. The two aircrafts are configured exactly the same way - same instruments etc. - and flying either of them is very much the same. A student can switch between the conventional and the electric aircraft without any problem. By using the Electric aircraft for all local training (start, landing, procedures etc.) you can cut the cost and the environmental impact to a minimum. You can then use the conventional Alpha trainer for NAV tours. The perfect combination.
Pricing (valid from September 2016)
Pricing for the Alpha Trainer UL version is Euro 74.550,- excl. VAT (Euro 77.905,- incl. 4,5% Andorran IGI), ex. delivery and registration.
NEW: Electric driven airbrakes, automatically activated when the flaps are in the second position, now available !
Please Contact us for more information and options.
Alpha Trainer technical data
ROTAX 912 UL
|max power(with 2 carb.)||
80 hp at 5800 rpm
Fixed pitch wooden 63"/ 1620 mm diameter propeller with protected leading edge
|wing span||34,4 ft (10,5 m)|
|length||21.33 ft (6.5 m)|
|height||6.07 ft (2.05 m)|
|wing area||96.6 sq.ft (9.51 m2)|
|rudder area||11.8 sq.ft (1.1 m2)|
|tail area||11.6 sq.ft (1.08 m2)|
|positive flaps||0°, 15°, 25°|
|center of gravity||20% - 38% MAC|
615 lbs (279 kg)
|max take off weight (MTOW)||1212 lbs (550 kg)|
|payload with full fuel||507 lbs (230 kg)|
|fuel tanks capacity||
13,2 US gal (50 l)
|useful fuel||12,7 US gal (48 l)|
DATA PUBLISHED FOR MTOW of 1212 lbs (550 kg)
All speeds in Knots
|stall with flaps||
|stall without flaps||43 kts|
|cruising speed (75% power)||108 kts|
|max. horizontal speed||120 kts|
|max speed with flaps down||70 kts|
|manoeuvring speed||86 kts|
|best climb speed||75 kts|
|max climb rate ( 450 kg)||
|best glide ratio speed||64 kts|
|best glide (prop. 90 deg.)||15:1|
|take off run ( 450 kg)||459 feet|
|take off over 15 m obstacle (450 kg)||738 feet|
|service ceiling ( 450 kg)||18,000 feet|
|45° - 45° roll time||
|fuel consum. at cruis. speed||
3.6 US gph (13.6 lph)
endurance (std tanks)
|range distance||324 NM (600 km)|
|max load factor permitted ( x 1,8)||+4 g - 2 g|
design safety factors & tested
Pipistrel reserves the right to revise the above data whenever occasioned by product improvement, government/authority regulations or other good cause.
The design basis follow the strictest EASA CS-22, CS-VLA and CS-23 (sections), as well as rules applicable to ultralight/microlight aircraft (LTF-UL 2003, etc.) and ASTM-LSA standards.
Ultralight/Microlight certification basis varies from country to country, therefore the actual certificated data may be different from stated above. Please check the certifications link.