|Pipistrel Taurus Self Launching Glider|
The Pipistrel Taurus is the world’s first side-by-side microlight self launching glider! It offers complete freedom and independence thanks to the retractable engine, retractable main landing gear, excellent gliding performance, inexpensive maintenance and a well ventilated spacious cockpit.
The idea behind the Taurus self launching glider is to offer an autonomous and affordable gliding solution. The aircraft is completely self launching thanks to a powerful Rotax 503 engine, a purpose developed Pipistrel propeller system and twin parallel main landing gear.
Handling & Performance
You do not even need a helping hand at the wingtip any more! 15-meter wings with winglets, 5-stage flaperons and very efficient airbrakes together with a lifting-body shaped fuselage make the Taurus fly like a dream. Taurus climbs really well too – fully loaded she can easily out-climb conventional glider tows… from take-off to 500 m (1650 ft) she only needs 3 minutes, 6 minutes to 1000 m (3300 ft) and 10 minutes to 1500 m (5000 ft).
Reaching target altitude you shut down and retract the engine at a flick of a switch - literally. The intelligent engine control system will do everything by itself, making sure the propeller has positioned correctly and retracting the engine for you, while you concentrate on finding that perfect lift! Then, take advantage of the excellent 1:41 glide ratio coupled with 5 flaperon settings and head to your next way point… Landing can be performed engine-in or engine-out and you can easily vacate the runway taking using the comfort of the steerable tail-wheel.
Klaus Ohlmann, multiple gliding World Record holder, speaks about the self launching Pipistrel Taurus
Taurus has some great advantages, which originate from the microlight world
- the glider has enough space in the cockpit for two very large pilots
- side-by-side seating arrangement is a real reward in comparison to the tandem-seating. Flying the Taurus is a lot more fun and communication is really improved
- the ballistic total-rescue system is huge advantage when compared to conventional motor gliders
- taxi with the double-wheel undercarriage is a luxury, especially for training flights
- the overall quality and finish is surprisingly good
- it has self fitting connections for all flight controls - big plus
- although being an microlight, the glider feels like a certified glider
- Taurus will definitely convince some of the microlight pilots to start gliding
The cockpit of the Taurus is very long and comfortable. Even the really tall pilots will have no problems fitting inside. Side-by-side seating arrangement makes communication between the pilots perfect, unlike conventional tandem two seaters. Full dual controls are reachable to both pilots and the pedals, seats, headrest and ventilation can be adjusted to suit your body size and needs in just seconds, also during flight. A special ergonomically shaped instrument panel houses all the instruments you will ever want without obstructing the excellent view in all directions. There are side pockets for each pilot and a roomy baggage compartment behind the seats with space for an oxygen system as well.
The whole of the cockpit is completely encased with bulletproof Kevlar® material and the canopy is a single piece Plexy-glass without the disturbing arches. In the Taurus there is no need for pilots to wear parachutes, because the aircraft has a GRS (Galaxy Rescue Parachute) instead. You always have the safety of a parachute rescue system with you and it’s is activated at a pull of a handle. With Pipistrel, safety is the name of the game…
The Pipistrel Taurus self launching glider is made using the highest technology in the field of composite materials, including advanced honeycomb techniques. Metal parts are specially fabricated using the best quality aviation alloys, including titanium and magnesium. This ensures a very long life-span of the aircraft and virtually maintenance free operation.
The wings and T-tail can be disassembled in a matter of 15 minutes with only 2 people and a stand, just like a conventional glider. All the controls are self-fitting, making the task simple and as care-free as possible. A dedicated trailer is available as well as a hangar hoist system to lift the whole of the aircraft under the ceiling.
For a glider pilot, the self launching Taurus definitely is the hottest aircraft on the market! She comes richly equipped as standard, with a large choice of optional equipment, including a parachute rescue system (GRS) and basically all glider avionics out there…
If you want more details on the Pipistrel Taurus or on any of Pipistrels other aircraft please call Fergus on 00 353 (0)87 805 1400. If you need a price list you can get them here.