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The Pitch PF3000 is a light weight seat designed to provide the highest degree of comfort and leg room at 28" pitch.

It has a fixed recline backrest with fewer parts than a standard reclining seat offering excellent serviceability. The PF3000 has been developed from the PF2000 with additional functionality and reduced weight.


Lean manufacturing methods to reduce lead time
Automotive levels of fit and finish
Low cost of ownership

Key features

Low weight (sub 25kg per triple seat)
28" pitch capability with fixed back recline
3" additional leg room over standard economy seat
Robust construction with low in service costs


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Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL Concept and strategic partnership with Elan

Pipistrel's Press release

  • At 2nd UBER elevate summit Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL Concept and strategic partnership with Elan
  • New concept utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for vertical lift 

[LOS ANGELES, California, 8 May 2018]

Today as part of Uber’s second annual Elevate Summit, aircraft designer and Uber Elevate partner, Pipistrel, revealed its newest eVTOL concept and design. The new aircraft utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for both cruising and vertical lift and embraces an aircraft family approach of eVTOL able to carry from 2 to 6 passengers.

As part of its broader Elevate aviation initiative, Uber plans to operate a network of small, electric, aircraft in numerous cities worldwide to enable four-person ridesharing flights in densely populated urban markets. These electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) differ from helicopters in that they are orders of magnitude quieter, safer, more affordable, and more environmentally-friendly.
The new Pipistrel eVTOL concept, developed as a partner of Uber Elevate, will be able to go longer distances at higher speeds than previous models. Utilizing a new integrated vertical lift system, the vehicle is designed for scalability, and will lower operating costs while offering an upgraded rider experience.

Pipistrel has been a leader in aircraft design and production. In 2011, they won the NASA Green Flight Challenge, which was the largest aviation prize in history at $1.5 million. Their electric G4 concept was able to fly up to four passengers 100 miles at an average speed of 108 mph. Located in Slovenia, Pipistrel is producing 13 different models of two seat aircraft, among which the Alpha Electro and the Taurus Electro feature an all-electric propulsion.
They've also recently developed the Panthera aircraft, a high performance four-seat general aviation aircraft with modular propulsion, fully electric, hybrid and fuel powered.

Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel’s founder and General Manager said: “Pipistrel is not trying to reinvent the helicopter by giving the vehicle many rotors, but is rather embracing dedicated propulsion solutions for cruise and vertical lift with built-in scaling capability for a family of vehicles with two to six seats. Pairing an innovative integrated vertical lift system, which is quiet and efficient, with highly aerodynamic wings results in a new class of eVTOL that maximizes high-speed cruise performance and dramatically lowers cost of operation for a clear advantage to Uber Elevate passengers.”

Mark Moore, Uber’s Director of Engineering, Elevate Vehicle Systems said: “Pipistrel has been one of the pioneers in electric aircraft development, initiating the age of electric flight. As an Uber Elevate partner, their eVTOL concept is pushing towards the next generation of Distributed Electric Propulsion. We’re thrilled to continue our work with Pipistrel, and look forward to bringing this concept to the Elevate network.”


At the conference Pipistrel also unveiled strategic partnership with Elan, a Slovenian-based global developer, producer and supplier of sporting equipment, high-technology advanced composite components and wind-power technology.

Tine Tomazic, Pipistrel Director of R&D, stated: "Today we’re announcing a strategic partnership with company Elan, a Slovenian company, they’re 1 hour's drive from us and they have mastered the production of composite materials and structures in the 50+ years of existence, at massive scales. Elan is producing everything from sports equipment to tens of thousands of windmill power plant components yearly. And together we are developing the design of a eVTOL structure that is scalable. Building-in automation, building-in digital manufacturing high speed RTM composite construction and other things. This is how we believe we stand a chance of going from where we are today with the concept design into the future."

Jeffrey Tirman, Elan CEO stated: “Elan is thrilled to be partnering with Pipistrel to bring more than 50 years’ experience working with advanced composites to the highly demanding and technical application requirements of the Uber eVTOL project. Elan’s ability to develop ultra-lightweight and super-strong composite materials for the eVTOL vehicle will help contribute to longer flight times and heavier payloads, thereby enhancing the overall experience for all involved.”

Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel’s founder and General Manager stated:"Pipistrel is not only a designer but also a certified aircraft manufacturer. That is why our ambitions regarding the cooperation with Uber are not only in developing the design for the air vehicle, but also in large-scale production of it.In doing so, the strategic partnering with Elan, who has been one of the pioneers of composite technology use in aviation and has experience with all of the mass production technologies of composites known so far, will enable fast implementation of large-scale production of composite components for the air vehicle."
About Uber Elevate:
Last year in April, Uber announced that the first U.S. Elevate cities would be be Dallas-Fort Worth/Frisco Texas and L.A. with a goal of flight demonstrations in 2020 and Elevate commercially available to riders in 2023 in those cities. To make UberAIR a reality, Uber has entered into partnerships several highly experienced aircraft manufacturers who are developing electric VTOL vehicles including: Aurora Flight Sciences, Pipistrel Aircraft, Embraer and Bell Helicopter.
Last fall, Uber signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the development of new Unmanned Traffic Management concepts and Unmanned Aerial Systems that will enable safe and efficient operations at low altitudes. To help create skyports for the UberAIR network, Uber has also entered into real estate partnerships with Hillwood Properties and Sandstone Properties. Uber’s analysis projects that an electric vehicle will travel at a speed up to 200mph and that eventually after several years in a market an Uber Elevate ride will cost the same as an UberX trip of the same distance.

About Pipistrel:
Pipistrel is a world leading small aircraft designer and producer, specialized in electric-powered aircraft. With almost 30 years of experience, Pipistrel has gained significant international reputation and delivered unique, innovative products to passionate customers on all continents. First to fly an electric two-seater in 2007 and first-to-fly an electric four-seat airplane to win the NASA Green Flight Challenge in 2011, Pipistrel has produced more than 1,500 aircraft to-date. The Pipistrel Vertical Solutions team designed eight different electric aircraft since 2007 and have developed aircraft propulsion batteries for NASA and Siemens’s aerobatic aircraft. The company holds the EASA Design Organisation Approval and has capability of bringing a new aircraft concept from an idea to a certified design ready for production.

About Elan:
Elan d.o.o., founded in 1945, is a diversified advanced composites company based in Slovenia. Elan’s four main divisions focus on:
i) advanced and highly-technical components utilised in offshore renewable energy and other speciality industries,
ii) winter sporting equipment, where Elan is a world recognised innovator and leader,
iii) advanced high-performance racing and leisure sailing yachts, and
iv) engineered seating solutions for large arena and stadium projects world-wide.
All Elan’s divisions are devoted to technical development and progressive product design through innovative approach and advanced technology applications. In the last decade, Elan has been awarded more than 40 international awards for design, innovation and technology, including several RedDot Design Awards and the PlusX Award for Most innovative


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NASA, Uber to Explore Safety, Efficiency of Future Urban Airspace

NASA's press release

An artist’s conception of a future where different aircraft – vertical takeoff, traditional takeoff, crewed, uncrewed – safely perform a variety of daily missions in rural to urban environments.
Credits: NASA/Advanced Concepts Laboratory

NASA has signed a second space act agreement with Uber Technologies, Inc., to further explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) to ensure a safe and efficient system for future air transportation in populated areas.

Under this agreement, Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network. NASA will use the latest in airspace management computer modeling and simulation to assess the impacts of small aircraft – from delivery drones to passenger aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capability – in crowded environments.

This is NASA’s first such agreement specifically focused on modeling and simulation for UAM operations.

“NASA is excited to be partnering with Uber and others in the community to identify the key challenges facing the UAM market, and explore necessary research, development and testing requirements to address those challenges,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. “Urban air mobility could revolutionize the way people and cargo move in our cities and fundamentally change our lifestyle much like smart phones have.”

At its research facility at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, NASA will use the data supplied by Uber to simulate a small passenger-carrying aircraft as it flies through DFW airspace during peak scheduled air traffic. Analysis of these simulations will identify safety issues as these new aircraft take to the air in an already crowded air traffic control system.

"The new space act agreement broadening Uber's partnership with NASA is exciting, because it allows us to combine Uber's massive-scale engineering expertise with NASA's decades of subject matter experience across multiple domains that are key to enabling urban air mobility, starting with airspace systems," said Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer.

As small aircraft enter the marketplace, NASA wants to ensure they do so safely, with acceptable levels of noise, and without burdening the current national air traffic control system. To this end, the agency is leveraging ongoing aeronautics research in areas including: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) traffic management at low altitude; UAS integration in the National Airspace System; all-electric, general aviation class aircraft development; vertical take-off and landing aircraft; system-wide safety; and more.

These activities will generate the data necessary to support the creation of industry standards, Federal Aviation Administration rules and procedures, and other related regulations. NASA will make the research available to the broader UAM community.

For more information about NASA’s Urban Air Mobility initiative, visit:

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EmbraerX unveils first eVTOL (flying taxi) concept

Press Release

Los Angeles, California, May 8, 2018 – EmbraerX, an Embraer organization dedicated to developing disruptive businesses, today unveiled its first electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept. The unveiling was made during Uber Elevate 2018, in Los Angeles, California. EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperation with Uber and other companies to explore business opportunities within the Uber Elevate ecosystem.

“We have excelled in our near-50-year journey by introducing innovations into the aviation industry and delivering true value to customers,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, President and CEO of Embraer. “We are relentless in our quest for constant growth and through EmbraerX we will drive disruptive innovation and accelerate the creation of new businesses with the potential for exponential growth. Urban mobility is ripe for transformation and we are committed to having a major role in this key market.”

The eVTOL concept presented at Uber Elevate 2018 represents an aircraft with a mission to serve passengers in an urban environment, based on the key design drivers of safety, passenger experience, affordability and a very low footprint for the community, in terms of noise and emissions.

“We are developing solutions to bring on-demand air transportation to urban areas to improve quality of life for millions of people. Our collaboration with key stakeholders will accelerate the arrival of this new ecosystem,” said Antonio Campello, President & CEO of EmbraerX. “This is one example of how EmbraerX is committed to exploring a range of disruptive products and services that could revolutionize the business of air transportation.”

Embraer X’s first eVTOL concept unveiled today is the outcome of extensive interaction with potential urban air travelers about their desired experience, combined with the expertise of Embraer’s teams and the collaboration with various companies and institutions. Embraer X will continue to engage with communities to expedite the development of desired solutions for this new market.

Over the last five decades, Embraer has designed, developed and certified close to 50 aircraft models, delivering over 8,000 aircraft to 100 countries. Embraer’s fleet has accumulated more than 50 million flight hours. Leveraging Embraer’s experience and longstanding relationships with aircraft certification authorities around the globe, EmbraerX will ensure that safety design drivers meet and exceed the highest industry standards.

About EmbraerX
EmbraerX is an Embraer organization, dedicated to developing disruptive businesses that transform transportation. With an inherent startup mentality, EmbraerX has three fundamental pillars, which are the shaping of the future user experience of air transportation, the application of Embraer know-how, and the generation of disruptive products, services and business models. EmbraerX is based on Florida’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, with innovation teams established in Silicon Valley and Boston that are integrating and collaborating with innovation communities. EmbraerX unveiled its first electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept during Uber Elevate 2018, in May 2018. EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperation with Uber and other companies to explore business opportunities within the Uber Elevate ecosystem. For more information, please visit

About Embraer
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.