Apis/Bee is a single-seat middle-wing ultralight self-launching glider with T-shaped tail. Featuring the same wing- and tail section aerodynamics as the Sinus and Taurus, you can be positive of Apis-Bee stellar gliding performance. In fact, the Apis-Bee holds several World Records!



All plastic parts are made in AFK, GFK and CFK technology while all main parts are LN certified. The plane itself is made of armored plastic in a combination of epoxy resin enforced with honeycomb, glass, carbon and kevlar fibers.
Wings are made in sandwich construction. Top and lower surfaces are made first then all additional elements (main spare, basic ribs, air-brake enclosure) are glued into the top half. Air-brakes expand from top half of the wing only. Rudder is built the same way from two halves with built-in control connections and hinges.
Fuselage is built in combined AFK and CFK manner as a combination of shell and sandwich construction. Two halves are built so that most of the elements are glued into one of them and then both are put together. Carbon and kevlar are used from nose to wing section, while the rest is made in sandwich construction. Cockpit is covered with single piece Plexiglass canopy opening in forward direction. Pitot tube and air vent (for airing cockpit) are built into the nose. Static pressure is measured on the side of the fuselage. Radio antenna is built into aft vertical stabilizer. Tow tie is mounted on the lower front part of the fuselage. Rudder pedals are adjustable.

Tail section: Horizontal stabilizer and rudder are made the same way as wings: in sandwich construction.


The Apis/Bee handles with ease and elegance like all Pipistrel aircraft! Vertical rudders, air-brakes and ailerons use rigid connections (tubes and bearings) while vertical rudder is connected by steel cable.
All controls hook up automatically, so you will have no problem assembling and dissembling the aircraft for storage in a trailer.
Landing gear is a retractable wheel with disk brake under the cockpit and a small one on the tail. The wheel brake is accessible by air-brake handle. 

World records

Apis-Bee is a top performer and holds several World Records in its class.

Apis/Bee Technical data

Apis/Bee is made in GFK (epoxy resin, glass, carbon, kevlar). The airfoil used on wings is IMD029

Model APIS/BEE M 14,97 WING SPAN Motor Version APIS/BEE M 13,47 WING SPAN Motor Version APIS/BEE PG Pure Glider Version 14,97 WING SPAN APIS/BEE PG Pure Glider Version 13,47 WING SPAN (new FAI class)
max power(with 2 carb.) 21 Kw (28 HP) 21 Kw (28 HP) N/A N/A
PROPELLER 2 BLADE Pipistrel 1600 mm diam Pipistrel 1600 mm diam N/A N/A
wing span 14.97 m available soon 14.97 m available soon
length 6.26 m 6.26 m 6.26 m 6.26 m
height 1.34 m 1.34 m 1.34 m 1.34 m
wing area 12.24 m2 available soon 12.24 m2 available soon
vertical tail area 0,9 m2 0,9 m2 0,9 m2 0,9 m2
horizontal tail area 1,36 m2 1,36 m2 1,36 m2 1,36 m2
aspect ratio 18.35 available soon 18.35 available soon
positive flaps 0,+5,+9,+18 deg 0,+5,+9,+18 deg 0,+5,+9,+18 deg 0,+5,+9,+18 deg
negative flaps - 7, - 5 deg (up) - 7, - 5 deg (up) - 7, - 5 deg (up) - 7, - 5 deg (up)
centre of gravity 23% - 45% 23% - 45% 23% - 45% 23% - 45%
empty weight, approx. 220 kg 210 kg 150 kg 140 kg
max take off weight (MTOW) 322.5 kg 322.5 kg 300 kg 300 kg
fuel tank capacity 18 l (18 usable) 18 l (18 usable) N/A N/A
consumption 9 l /h 9 l /h N/A N/A
LI-PO battery capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A
stall with flaps 60 km/h 63 km/h 60 km/h 63 km/h
stall without flaps 62 km/h 65 km/h 62 km/h 65 km/h
manoeuvring speed 144 km/h 144 km/h 144 km/h 144 km/h
max speed with airbrakes out 220 km/h 220 km/h 220 km/h 220 km/h
VNE 220 km/h 220 km/h 220 km/h 220 km/h
min.sink 0,59 m/sec 0,67 m/sec 0,59 m/sec 0,67 m/sec
min.sink speed 80 km/h 85+-5 km/h 80 km/h 85+-5 km/h
best glide 1: 39 1: 36.5 1: 39 1: 36.5
best glide ratio speed 98 km/h 103 km/h 98 km/h 103 km/h
max aerotow speed 131 km/h 131 km/h 131 km/h 131 km/h
45°-45° roll time 3,9 sec 3,4+-0.2 sec 3,9 sec 3,4+-0.2 sec
take off run MTOW 112 m 126+-5 m N/A N/A
take off over 15 m MTOW 213 m 240+-10 m N/A N/A
landing distance over 15 m obstacle 237 m 267+-10 m 237 m 267+-10 m
best climb speed 82 km/h 85+-5 km/h N/A N/A
max climb rate (MTOW) 2,8 m/s 2,7 m/s N/A N/A
max load factor permitted (x1,8) 5.33 G, -2.65 G 5.33 G, -2.65 G 5.33 G, -2.65 G 5.33 G, -2.65 G
design safety factors & tested minimum 1.875 minimum 1.875 minimum 1.875 minimum 1.875

Note: Pipistrel reserves the right to revise this data sheet whenever occasioned by product improvement, government/authority regulations or other good cause.

Included in the Basic price

Ready to fly, test flown All Models
Inner shell bonded to fuselage shell - safety cockpit concept All Models
Outside surfaces in white, cabin interior in grey All Models
Acrylic paint, finishing and polishing of joints on all plastic parts All Models
Light cabin upholstery in blue colour with large side pockets All Models
In-flight adjustable backrest with headrest All Models
4 point seat belts with automatic closure All Models
Sliding air vent window All Models
Defogging system for canopy All Models
Adjustable cabin fresh air-vent system All Models
Mirror on instrument panel (for prop position monitoring) Only M
Noise reducing firewall Only M
6 stage positive and negative deflecting flaperons All Models
Flaperon, elevator & rudder gap seals All Models
Schempp-Hirth type airbrakes, self locking All Models
Spring-type internal elevator trim All Models
In flight adjustable rudder pedals All Models
Automatic connection of wing and tail mechanical controls All Models
Transparent canopy All Models
Fixed main landing gear with 4˝ main wheel equipped with drum brake and fairing All Models
Two wingtip wheels, 2 ½ ˝ x 1˝ with fairings All Models
Steerable tail wheel 7˝ x 1 ¾˝ All Models
18 - Litre fuel tank Only M
Visual inspection of the fuel level Only M
Fuel gasculator with drain sump Only M
Engine Hirth F33BS, belt drive, air cleaners etc. Only M
All throttle control cables in Teflon Only M
Fully automatic engine control and propeller positioning system Only M
High capacity dry-type battery 12V / 10ah All Models
Modular electric system with fuses on primary and secondary circuit Only M
Electric starter Only M
Regulator-rectifier Only M
2 blade wooden propeller reinforced with fiberglass Only M
Instrument panel with: Master key switch, switches with fuses and warning lights
Instruments: multifunction instrument to control the engine operation, automatic system to retract the engine, engine hours counter, rpm counter, CHT, EGT, ASI Only M
Instruments: ASI diameter 80 mm, Altimeter diameter 80 mm, Vario diameter 80 mm, slip indicator & magnetic compass All Models
Aircraft tool kit All Models
Flight and maintenance manuals All Models



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