|Virus SW – Overview||
Please note: Speed performance is restricted and the in flight adjustable propeller disabled to comply with LSA category requirements.
Pipistrel are proud to announce our brand new aircraft, 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 many 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 34 foot Virus SW was carried out at Pipistrel premises at Ajdovščina, 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. Manoeuvring speed was raised from 76knots to 93 knots, turbulence penetration speed (green arc) was raised from 76knots to 130 knots and the VNE from 135 knots to 163 knots. (Note: LSA version is speed limited to 120 knots max straight & level speed) 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 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 the Virus SW is even better than the prototype which competed in the NASA challenges.
The design weight for the new Virus SW is1210 lbs and with a huge useful load and fuel capacity of 26 gallons means that you can cover distances in excess of 1000 nm! The exclusive kevlar-reinforced safety cockpit with luxurious leather interior will keep you both comfortable and safe.