Pipistrel Virus SW Overview
Fast or Slow Aircraft
NASA Boeing CAFE Challenge Winner
Design & Testing
Better Than Expected
Pipistrel were extremely pleased about the fact that the Pipistrel Virus SWing met, and by far exceeded the anticipated flight performance results that were originally expected. Maneuvering speed was raised from 141 km/h (76kts) to 176 km/h (95 kts), turbulence penetration speed (green arc) was raised from 141 km/h (76kts) to 250 km/h (135 kts) and the VNE from 249 km/h (135 kts) to 302 km/h (163 kts). This means that you can cruise through heavy turbulence at speeds which were before beyond red-line speeds for the original Virus and most other aircraft. All this from an aircraft that can fly as a microlight. The new Virus SWing has the largest flight safety margins in its category and can be equipped with the total rescue system (GRS), which can be deployed even at maximum speeds and close to the terrain.
The new Virus SWing is a statement of Pipistrel's long time philosophy that you can achieve remarkable feats without wasting energy and polluting the environment. Every aircraft is designed, manufactured and perfected in the Pipistrel state of the art, energetically self sufficient facility. Using geothermal and solar energy to power the whole production process, they are able to spare the environment 200,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions every year! By owning the new SWing you will contribute to a better and cleaner world! Their ecolution campaign represents Pipistrel's mission to show the world that eco friendly, high technology products are in fact possible and available today!
Pipistrel has already taken more than 250 orders since the NASA Challenge victories! Orders are coming both from individuals and flight schools, all over the world both for microlight and kit built versions.
The aircraft can be equipped by either the Rotax 912 UL2 (80 hp) or 912 ULS (100 hp) power plants and a large variety of avionics options. At 75% cruise-power-setting the 100 HP version speeds over the skies at a fast 273 km/h (147 kts)! This really speaks about the performance and economy of the new S-wing.
The design weight for the new SWing is 600 kg (1320 lbs) with more than 300 kg (660 lbs) useful load and the fuel capacity of 100 liters (26 gallons). This all means that you can cover distances in excess of 1850 km (1000 nm)! The exclusive kevlar reinforced safety cockpit with luxurious leather interior will keep you both comfortable and safe.
At 472.5 kg the new Pipistrel SWing also meets all requirements for the microlight class Europe, including the stall speed is 64 km/h thanks to a different set-up of the flaperon system.
If you want more details please call me, Fergus on 00 353 (0)87 805 1400 or if you to book a test flight, just hit the button up to the right.