Pipistrel and representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia (CAAM) and the MRO department of Mongolian Airlines have formed a working committee to perform final assembly of the Pipistrel Virus SW-121 in Mongolia as well as to establish an aviation training organization. The Slovenian ultra-light aircraft producer submitted an official proposal on manufacturing aircraft in Mongolia to CAAM late year. The proposal also includes export and supply of spare parts.
Mongolian Airlines and Pipistrel intend to sign a memorandum of understanding for the project, and the Ministry of Road and Transport plans to introduce this issue to the government for final resolution. Some years ago, Japan submitted a similar proposal to Mongolia, but Mongolia had not accepted it.
It is understood Pipistrel is currently working on six- to seven-seat aircraft project while it pursues EASA certification of its “Alpha Electro,” an electric engine ultralight aircraft. Industry observers believe that using this aircraft for training could significantly reduce the cost of pilot training. Pipistrel has produced more than 2,000 aircraft, with the Virus SW-121 model accounting for 1,300 of these.