Virus SW 80/100

The Virus SW 80/100 is the most economic high speed cruiser and definitely the fastest high-wing airplane in its category. Made from state-of-the-art composite materials, it’s lightweight, robust and features an unprecedented useful payload of more than 300 kg (660 lbs). Virus SW 80/100 offers what no competitor is able to offer and has won hearts of people world-wide and is the best seller since its introduction.

Virus SW

The Virus SW is available as an UL aircraft and now also as a fully EASA CS-LSA certified aircraft - please see the SW121 Page.


Virus SW 80/100 is able to operate at all elevations from sea-level up to 15.000 feet, take-off and land from short runways and over obstacles thanks to unique airbrakes, is the quietest light aircraft and has one of the lowest operating costs in its category.
Speed, efficiency and ultra-long range are signature for Pipistrel. Virus SW 80/100 cruises faster, goes much further and flies higher than the competitors, all this while burning less fuel! Imagine flying around at over 260 km/h (140 kts), easily overflying terrain higher than 4500 m (15.000 ft) and covering distances of over 1500 km (800 NM). With Virus SW 80/100 you can. All this and much more!

Thanks to its superior aerodynamic efficiency, state-of-the-art composite material structure and lowest fuel consumption figures in the category, the Virus SW 80/100 is ideal for High speed cross-country flying, surveillance missions, ab-initio-, advanced and extreme manoeuvre training, aerial photography and high-mountain operations. Did you know that the Virus SW 80/100 has the glide ratio of 17:1 and can glide further in case of an emergency than most aeroplanes?

Upon special request, the Virus SW 80/100 can be adapted for Special Missions, including visual/IR camera gimbals, geographical surveys, trans-oceanic-range flights and more.


Virus SW 80/100 is the only light aircraft that combines pure speed with unprecedented fuel economy. More than 100 units were already sold world-wide, winning the hearts and acclaims of private owners, aviation professionals, training organisations and military instructors alike, just like it won the NASA challenge. Twice! Since the victories at PAV challenge 2007 and NASA GAT centennial challenge 2008, the Virus SW 80/100 has been further refined and optimized for even better performance.

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. The new 80 HP Virus SW 80/100 cruises at 246 km/h (133 kts), burning less than 13.6 liters per hour (3.6 gph). At 75% cruise-power-setting the 100 HP version speeds over the skies at 273 km/h (147 kts)! The ASTM-LSA version, equipped with the fixed pitch propeller cruises at 119 kts, burning 14.0 liters per hour (3.7 gph). This really speaks about the performance and economy of the new SW.

Please note that the 2011 version of Virus SW 80/100 is even better than the prototype which competed at the NASA challenges.


Virus SW 80/100 can be called the 300 km/h (160 kts) ultralight/microlight/LSA, but it is much more than that! With a turbulence penetration speed (green arc) of 250 km/h (135 kts) and the VNE of 302 km/h (163 kts), you can take advantage of high-speed cruise even in strong turbulence. The cockpit remains quiet and comfortable throughout the flight! The Virus SW 80/100 has the largest flight safety margins in its category and can be equipped with the total rescue system, deployable even at maximum speeds and close to the terrain.

All engineering work and testing of the 10.71-meter Virus SW 80/100 was carried out at Pipistrel premises in Ajdovščina, Slovenia under supervision of CAA of Republic of Slovenia. This separates Pipistrel from most other producers, because all design, production and testing is directly monitored by the CAA, ensuring accuracy of data. Before its introduction to the market, more than a year of ground structural and vibration tests went by without a glitch, followed by an extensive flight test program with more than 100 hours cumulative tests.

Now, more than one hundred Virus SW 80/100 aircraft are flying Worldwide, performing flawlessly in the difficult conditions of tropical Thailand, high-elevations of Ecuador and the cold wilderness of Canada as well. The Virus SW 80/100 meets all ASTM-LSA standards and is accepted as an LSA in the United States of America with a fixed pitch propeller and the MTOW of 550 kg (1210 lbs). In Europe (EASA member states) it is possible to register the Virus SW 100 under the EASA-LSA Permit-to-Fly with a MTOW of 600 kg. At 472.5 kg the Virus SW 80/100 also meets all requirements for the microlight/ultralight class in Europe – including the stall speed of 64 km/h (34 kts) thanks to the innovative flaperon system.

Pipistrel Virus SW UL


The exclusive kevlar-reinforced safety cockpit with luxurious leather interior will keep you both comfortable and safe. You can choose your own color configurations free of charge!

The instrument panel is made of carbon fiber with visible-structure and can accommodate a wide selection of modern avionics, including a full glass-cockpit IFR suite with dual-axis GPS-driven autopilot and electric constant-speed propeller control. The panel can be arranged according to your wishes with assistance of our skilled avionics technicians. The Virus SW 80/100 has a range in excess of 1850 km (1000 nm) and you can take 40 kg (90 lbs) of luggage with you.


The Virus SW 80/100 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 80/100 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!

Pricing UL version (Updated 01/09/2023)

Virus SW 80: Pricing is starting from 125,00€,- excl. IGI, ex. delivery and registration

Virus SW 100: Pricing is starting from 130,000€,- excl. IGI, ex. delivery and registration

A typical configuration with nose wheel, rescue parachute and Dynon glass cockpit would be around Euro 120.000,-

please contact us for more information.

Virus SW 80/100 technical data

Virus SW

SW 80 (472.5kg)

SW 100 (472.5kg)

SW 100 (600kg)

max power 80 hp at 5800 RPM
100 hp at 5800 RPM 100 hp at 5800 RPM
Variable pitch Variable pitch

wing span 10,71 m 10,71 m 10,71 m
length 6,5 m 6,5 m 6,5 m
height 1,85 1,85 1,85
wing area 9,51 m2 9,51 m2 9,51 m2
rudder area 1,1 m2 1,1 m2 1,1 m2
tail area 1,08 m2 1,08 m2 1,08 m2
aspect ratio 11,3 11,3 11,3
positive flaps 9 deg, 19 deg 9 deg, 19 deg 9 deg, 19 deg
negative flaps 5 deg 5 deg 5 deg
center of gravity 25% - 37% 25% - 37% 25% - 37%

empty weigh 287 kg
289 kg 289 kg
max take off weight (MTOW) 472.5 kg
472.5 kg
600 kg
fuel tanks capacity 2 x 50 l 2 x 50 l 2 x 50 l
useful fuel 2 x 47 l 2 x 47 l 2 x 47 l
PERFORMANCES DATA for MTOW 472.5 kg DATA for MTOW 600 kg
stall with flaps 64 km/h 64 km/h 74 km/h
stall without flaps 79 km/h 79 km/h 84 km/h
cruising speed (75% power) 246 km/h 273 km/h 264 km/h
max. horizontal speed 264 km/h 283 km/h 275 km/h
VNE 302 km/h 302 km/h 302 km/h
max speed with airbrakes
205 km/h 205 km/h 205 km/h
max speed with flaps
130 km/h 130 km/h 130 km/h
turbulence penetration speed Vb
250 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h
best climb speed 140 km/h 140 km/h 148 km/h
max climb rate
6.1 m/sec 8.4 m/sec 6.6 m/sec
best glide ratio speed 118 km/h 118 km/h 123 km/h
best glide 1:17 1:15 1:15
take off run
140 m 95 m 140 m
take off over 15 m obstacle 225 m 175 m 230 m
service ceiling
6200 m 6800 m 5800 m
45° - 45° roll time 1,6 sec 1,6 sec 1.6 s
fuel consum. at cruis. speed 13.6 l/hour 17.8 l/hour 18.0 l/hour
endurance 6,9 hours 5,3 hours 5.3 h
range distance 1650 km 1450 km 1415 km
max load factor permitted ( x 1,8) +4g -2g +4g -2g +4g -2g
design safety factors & tested minimum 1.875 minimum 1.875 minimum 1.875

Pipistrel reserves the right to revise the above data whenever occasioned by product improvement, government/authority regulations or other good cause.
The design basis follow the strictest EASA CS-22, CS-VLA and CS-23 (sections), as well as rules applicable to ultralight/microlight aircraft (LTF-UL 2003, etc.) and ASTM-LSA standards.
Ultralight/Microlight certification basis varies from country to country, therefore the actual certificated data may be different from stated above. Please check the certifications link.