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PIPISTREL TAURUS

Taurus M is the World’s first side-by-side ultralight powered glider! It offers complete freedom and independence thanks to the retractable engine, double retractable main landing gear, excellent gliding performance, inexpensive maintenance and a well ventilated spacious cockpit.

Taurus Technical Data:

ENGINE

max power (with 2 carb.)

PROPELLER


SIZES

wing span

length

height

wing area

rudder area

horizontal tail area

aspect ratio

positive flaps

negative flaps

center of gravity  


WEIGHTS

empty weight

minimum pilot weight

maximum total pilots weight

max take off weight (MTOW)

fuel tank capacity in the wing

useful fuel


PERFORMANCES

stall with flaps

stall without flaps

manoeuvring speed

max. speed with flaps extended

max. speed with airbrakes extended

max. speed with powerplant extended

VNE

min.sink

min.sink speed

max. sink with airbrakes

best glide

best glide ratio speed

best glide at 150 km/h

best glide at 180 km/h

max towing speed

45°-45° roll time

take off run MTOW

take off over 15 m MTOW

cruising speed with 75% power

best climb speed

max climb rate (MTOW)

service ceiling MTOW

max load factor permitted (x1,8)

max load factor tested

fuel consum. at full power


High performance 2-stroke 50 HP

53 hp at 6600 rpm

2 blade Pipistrel 1600 mm diam


 

49.11 ft (14.97 m)

23.85 ft (7.27 m)

4.62 ft (1.41 m)

132.71 sq.ft (12.33 m2)

9.6 sq.ft (0.9 m2)

14.63 sq.ft (1.36 m2)

18.6

5 deg, 9 deg, 18 deg

 -5 deg

23% - 41%



628 lbs (285 kg)

132 lbs (60 kg)

485 lbs (220 kg)

992 lbs (450 kg), 1041 lbs (472.5 kg),

7.9 US gal

7.1 US gal


 

34 kts

38 kts

88 kts

70 kts

121 kts (extend at or below 160 km/h)

86 kts

121 kts

137 fpm

50 kts

19.6 fpm @ 53 kts

41:1

57 kts

33:1

23:1

80 kts

3.9 sec

590 ft

869 ft

64 kts

53 kts

570 fpm

12795 ft

+5.3 g - 2.65 g
+7.2 g - 7.2 g

4.7 US gph

Taurus M is the only two-seat glider with a 15-meter wing-span and it is also the most independent in operation. Equipped with a powerful, yet fully retractable high-performance 50 HP fuel engine and double retractable main undercarriage, the Taurus can go gliding wherever and whenever you want. When others will be waiting for a helper to connect the tow rope and hold the wingtip for take-off, you will already be far away and flying for hours in the Taurus M.
 

Worth noting is also the ease of assembling the glider. Taurus is the easiest 2-seat glider to assemble, due to its automatic control connections and the fact that one wing only weighs 40 kg (90 lbs).

Powerful take-off and climb

From take-off to 500 m (1650 ft) she only needs 3 minutes, 6 minutes to 1000 m (3300 ft) and 10 minutes to 1500 m (5000 ft). Then, reaching target altitude you shut down and retract the engine at a flick of a switch - literally. It may seem unspectacular but Taurus outperforms even single-seat self launching gliders when it comes to take-off and climb!


Gliding performance

Gliding takes on a new meaning when you start taking advantage of the excellent 1:41 glide ratio coupled with 5 flaperon settings and head to your next waypoint… Flying is much more fun in the side-by-side cockpit arrangement where you can easily share tasks with your copilot, conduct lessons or simply small talk with your friend.

Safety

Safety is our primary concern. This is why Taurus features the Safety Cockpit Concept. The entire cabin area is encased with energy absorbing structures made from Kevlar fibre, 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 Taurus can also be equipped with the ballistic parachute rescue system, which saves the complete aircraft together with the crew in case of severe emergencies.


Intelligent engine control system

The intelligent engine control system will do everything by itself, making sure the propeller has positioned itself correctly and retracting the engine for you, while you concentrate on finding that perfect lift! Built-in safety will even prevent inadvertent start-up or retractions of the engine!