Pipistrel Virus SW Overview

  • Overview

Fast or Slow Aircraft

The Pipistrel Virus SWing 80 and 100 are the next generation of the well proven Virus 912. Faster, amazingly nimble, and with superior stability, it is a fantastic cruise aircraft that all pilots will love. While ideal for cross-country flying, it is also suited for flying clubs and training flights with fantastic stability at slow speeds. Offering unprecedented handling, lower fuel consumption, comfort and NASA awarded performance. Factory built as a microlight or if kit built , it can be a microlight or  a group A aircraft, it really is the ultimate flying machine.


NASA Boeing CAFE Challenge Winner

We are proud to add Virus Swing aircraft to the range of Pipistrel aircraft and microlights that we can sell here in Ireland. The Virus SWing is the only light aircraft that combines pure speed with unprecedented fuel economy. It is the ultimate  aircraft and will win your heart with its superior speed and performance just like it won the NASA challenge. Twice!
Even Better
The very aircraft that won the NASA centennial PAV challenge 2007 , the  NASA GAT centennial challenge 2008  has been further refined and optimized for even better performance.  With the structural and flight tests completed in the autumn of 2008, deliveries of the Pipistrel Virus SWing are now in full swing. A cheap pun. This aircraft that can fly as a microlight beat off competition from the major players including Cessna.The Swing can fly slower and faster than a Cessna with a stall speed below 34 knots and a cruise of 135 knots.


Design & Testing

All engineering work and testing of the new 10.71 meter Virus SWing 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 200 hours cumulative tests.


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.


Renewable Energy
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.

MTOW and Useful Load

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.







Where are we?


Fergus McDonnell


00 353 (0)87 805 1400

Address: Lights Sport Aviation Ltd.
Co. Galway,