Newsletter 44 – January 2009

Double NASA challenge winner now in serial production

  • 35′ 1½ wingspan
  • Glide ratio 17:1
  • 133 knot cruise with Rotax 912 80hp
  • 147 knot cruise with Rotax 912 100hp
  • 3.6 gph at 133 knots
  • Up to 7.5 hours endurance
  • Available in tail dragger or nosewheel configuration
  • Great for thermalling, slope soaring or just having fun
  • Fantastic touring aircraft
  • Adjustable propeller
  • Large luggage capacity
  • Easy to hangar being 35 ft wingspan
  • LSA Version supplied with 3 blade
    fixed pitch propeller

Pipistrel are proud to announce our brand new aircraft for 2009, the Virus SW.

The Virus SW is the only light aircraft that combines pure speed with unprecedented fuel economy.

We are convinced that Virus SW will win the hearts of aviators world-wide, just like it won the NASA challenge – Twice!

The Virus SW is equipped with steerable nose wheel or tailwheel as an option.

All engineering work and testing of the new 10.71 meter Virus SW was carried out at Pipistrel premises at Ajdovscina, Slovenia.

The design basis follow the strictest EASA CS-22, CS-VLA and CS-23 (sections) certification standards, as well as their FAA FAR counterparts.

More than a year of ground structural and vibration tests went by without a glitch, followed by an extensive flight test programme with more than 100 hours cumulative tests.

We are extremely pleased about the fact that the Virus SW met and by far exceeded the anticipated flight performance.

  • Maneouvering speed was raised from 76kts to 93 kts
  • Turbulence penetration speed (green arc) was raised from 76kts to 130 kts
  • VNE from 135 kts to 163 kts !

This means that you can cruise through heavy turbulence at speeds which were before beyond red-line speeds for the original Virus. The new Virus SW has the largest flight safety margins in its category and can be equipped with the total rescue system, which can be deployed even at maximum speeds and close to the terrain.

The new Virus SW is a statement of our long-time philosophy that you can achieve remarkable feats without wasting energy and polluting the environment.

Every aircraft is designed, manufactured and perfected in our state-of-the-art, energetically self-sufficient facility at Ajdovscina, Slovenia. Using geothermal and solar energy to power the whole production process, we are able to spare the environment 180.000 kilograms of CO2 emissions every year.

By owning the new Virus SW you will contribute to a better and cleaner World!

Our Ecolution campaign represents Pipistrel’s mission to show the World that eco-friendly, high-technology products are in fact possible and available today!

Please note that the production version of Virus SW is even better than the prototype which competed at the NASA challenges. Pipistrel has already taken more than 30 orders since the NASA Challenge victories! Orders are coming both from individuals and flight schools, all over the world.

The aircraft can be equipped by either the Rotax 912 UL2 (80 hp) or 912 ULS (100 hp) powerplants and a large variety of avionics options.

With pricing from €76,000 EUR, the new 80 HP S-Wing cruises at 133 kts, burning less than 13.6 liters per hour (3.6 gph). At 75% cruise-powersetting the 100 HP version speeds over the skies at 147 kts!

This really speaks about the performance and economy of the new Virus SW.

The design weight for the new Virus SW is 550 kg (1212 lbs) with more than 250 kg (551 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.


Take Care Michael Coates