Virus 912 is a fast, yet very economic cruise aircraft. Ideal for cross-country flying it is also suited for clubs and training flights. It offers unprecedented handling and performance while remaining highly efficient at every task it is confronted with. It is the perfect compromise between the excellent-gliding Sinus and the super-fast cruiser Virus SW.
Best compromise – for gliding, cruising, training!
The Virus 912 is an ideal all-round aircraft, ideal for training and flight schools. The versatile systems on board allow for the rich experience during the training – your student can practice the use of airbrakes or switch off the engine and try his hand at gliding! The extremely low fuel consumption and virtually no maintenance make the Virus 912 a low running-cost aircraft ideal for clubs and schools.
The 12.46-meter Virus 912 is a touring motor glider, enabling you to switch off the engine and glide alongside ridges and thermals. When the weather is not cooperating, switch on the engine and cruise very fast and very economically to your new location. The Virus 912 really is the perfect compromise between the motor glider Sinus and the super-fast cruiser Virus SW.
Unparalleled performance. No competition.
Virus combines unmatched speed and economy with superb take-off and climb performance. If you are looking for an all-in-one aircraft, look no further! As demonstrated in the 2008 NASA GAT Challenge the Virus is 19% more fuel efficient while flying 23% faster than the popular Flight Design CTSW. At the same time, the demonstrated climb performance was more than two times that of the CTSW, while permitting for more useful payload thanks to the much lower empty weight.
The air brakes allow for steep descent and landing over obstacles without the side-slip.
Balanced controls just feel right.
If NASA says that Virus handles the best among all aircraft, it must be true! Special attention has been given to balancing the controls. They feel natural and give the pilot a perfect sense of control over the aircraft and it's capabilities. Just ask any of the already infected Virus owners!
Noise? What noise?
The Virus meets even the strictest of the noise regulations. Therefore, your neighbors will not even notice when you take-off, let along complain about your aircraft being noisy. Our cabin noise is so low (and confirmed by NASA!) that you can comfortably fly without your headset. And when you switch the engine off and go gliding, the Virus 912 goes silent...
Safety is our primary concern. This is why Virus features the Safety Cockpit Concept. The entire cabin area is encased with energy absorbing structures made from Kevlar fiber, an amazing material which maintains the integrity of the cabin and makes it safe also in case of stronger impacts. Together with our special Safety Cockpit Concept the Virus 912 can also be equipped with the ballistic parachute rescue system, which saves the complete aircraft together with the crew in case of severe emergencies.
Highest technologies and maintenance free
Our products are all known for being virtually maintenance free. The highest of technologies, including honeycomb techniques, which we use to build composites and best quality metal alloys, including Titanium and Magnesium, which are used on parts of the aircraft, ensure that the aircraft will last a lifetime in a like-new condition. And if you do not intend to fly for a while, you can disassemble the Virus in only 15 minutes - all the controls are self-fitting, making this task as care-free as possible.
Robust and reliable
More than 1000 of our aircraft fly on all six continents of the World in conditions that are sometimes difficult to imagine. All systems on board have withstood rigorous testing to ensure the aircraft performs at its best in hot or cold, wet or dry, low or high! Flight schools love the Virus 912 because of reliability, super-low operating costs and endless possibilities of flying.
Cockpit comfort and luxury
A spacious, well ventilated side-by-side cockpit with optional leather interior will make sure you feel comfortable also during the longest adventurous flights. Even the tallest or shortest of pilots will feel at home in the Virus, thanks to the adjustable rudder pedals. The choice of either a small or large instrument panel can make the cockpit feel like a glider or fully equipped top-of-the-line long-range cruising aircraft. With excellent sideward and downward views your air-ground or air-air photographs will make everybody envious!
Our aircraft are 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 a Pipistrel 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 (valid from September 2016)
Pricing starts from Euro 83.500,- excl. VAT (Euro 87.258,- including Andorran IGI of 4,5%, ready to fly, ex. delivery and registration)
A typical configuration with rescue parachute and Denon glass cockpit is around Euro 97.000,- incl. 4,5% IGI
The Virus also exists in a KIT version (approx. 400 hours to finish). Pricing starts from Euro 67.300 ex. VAT and ex. delivery
Please contact us for a quote as there are many different options for configuration of your new aircraft.
VIRUS 912 UL technical data
|ENGINE ROTAX||ROTAX 912 UL|
|max power(with 2 carb.)||80 hp at 5800 rpm|
|wing span||12,46 m|
|wing area||11,0 m 2|
|rudder area||1,1 m 2|
|tail area||1,63 m 2|
|positive flaps||9 deg, 18 deg|
|negative flaps||5 deg|
|center of gravity||20% - 38%|
|empty weight||284 kg|
|max take off weight (MTOW)||450kg / 472.5kg / 544kg|
|fuel tanks capacity||2 x 30 l / 2 x 50 l|
|useful fuel||2 x 27 l / 2 x 45 l|
|PERFORMANCES||DATA PUBLISHED FOR MTOW 472.5 kg|
|stall with flaps||62 km/h|
|stall without flaps||72 km/h|
|cruising speed (75% power)||225 km/h|
|max. horizontal speed||240 km/h|
|max speed with airbrakes out||160 km/h|
|max speed with flaps down||130 km/h|
turbulence penetration speed Vb
|best climb speed||130 km/h|
|max climb rate (450 kg)||6,2 m/sec|
|best glide ratio speed||110 km/h|
|take off run (450 kg)||90 m|
|take off over 15 m obstacle||n/a|
|service ceiling (450 kg)||8100 m|
|45° - 45° roll time||3,1 sec|
|fuel consum. at cruis. speed||9,5 l/hour|
|range distance||1280 km|
|max load factor permitted ( x 1,8)||+4 g - 2 g|
|design safety factors & tested||minumum 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.