Pipistrel Virus - Here's A Great Motorglider That Goes Fast As Well...
If you are looking to add more excitement to your flying, you should think about getting a motorglider. One like the Pipistrel Virus is LSA approved (depending on your country) and not only does it glide, it goes fast as well when you power up the engine.
IMPORTANT: The difference between the Pipistrel Sinus and the Virus is the wing size. There might be some other differences, but that is the main one. Because of the fact that the Virus has a bit shorter wings, it will cruise faster when you have the engine running. They are both great airplanes though...
Here's Some Things You Might LIke About The Pipistrel Virus
First - It Goes FAST...
The Virus will cruise at 120 knots when you are at altitude.(1) Now, you have to realize some things about this - It is powered by an 80hp Rotax engine! It cruises very fast for the size of engine that it has.
There are older airplanes on the market that have way bigger engines and don't get that kind of cruise speeds up at altitude. And that is one of the advantages of getting a new or newer airplane like the Virus. You get to take advantage of the latest technology and advancements in performance.
Sure you can pay a lot less for a 2 seater that is from a past generation and was built 30 years ago, but you are going to miss out on some of the features that the advancements in aviation have brought. There is nothing wrong with a 30 year old 2 seater - a lot of people like them & for many, that is all they can get with the budget they have.
However, spending the extra bucks on a new or newer Virus will take you to a whole new level in fun and flying. Cause along with the great cruise speeds come the fact that this airplane has a Rotax engine in it. And if you know anything about Rotax, you would know that they have been around for a really long time and produce a lot of high performance engines for various types of vehicles.
Second - Your Going To Get The Advantage Of A Glider & An Airplane All In One...
"A motorglider is by definition a fixed-wing aircraft equipped with a propulsion that can sustain soaring flight without thrust from that source of propulsion."(2) So your going to be able to turn the engine off and glide with this airplane... That is a pretty cool feature.
The other side benefits of this is that you won't have to deal with the issues that non-motorized gliders have to deal with such as getting a tow to take you to altitude & landing in grass or having no power on landings.
You can glide & turn your engine on when you want to or when it makes sense for what you are doing.
This airplane really has some cool features and could potentially give you a lot of fun for years to come...
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References: #1 - Sourced 02/29/2012 http://www.pipistrel-usa.com/models/virus-tech.html
References: #2 - Sourced 02/29/2012 http://www.planeandpilotmag.com/aircraft/pilot-reports/pipistrel/pipistrel-virus-triple-your-pleasure.html?start=1
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