The Virus SW 80/100 is the most economic high speed cruiser and definitely the fastest high-wing aeroplane 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 Performance Data

Virus SW SW 80 (472.5kg/1042 lbs)
SW 100 (472.5kg/1041 lbs)
SW 100 (600kg/1322 lbs)
max power 80 hp at 5800 RPM 100 hp at 5800 RPM 100 hp at 5800 RPM
PROPELLERPipistrel VARIO Variable PitchVariable Pitch

wing span35 ft (10.71 m)35 ft (10.71 m)35 ft (10.71 m)

 21.3 ft (605 m)

21.3 ft (605 m)21.3 ft (605 m)

6 ft (1.85 m)

6 ft (1.85 m)6 ft (1.85 m)
wing area

96.6 sq ft (9.51 m2)

96.6 sq ft (9.51 m2)96.6 sq ft (9.51 m2)
rudder area

11.84 sq ft (1.1 m2)    

11.84 sq ft (1.1 m2)11.84 sq ft (1.1 m2)
tail area

11.62 sq ft (1.08 m2)    

11.62 sq ft (1.08 m2)11.62 sq ft (1.08 m2)
aspect ratio

37 ft (11.3 m)

37 ft (11.3 m)37 ft (11.3 m)
positive flaps9 deg, 19 deg 9 deg, 19 deg 9 deg, 19 deg 
negative flaps5 deg5 deg5 deg
center of gravity25% - 37%25% - 37%25% - 37%

empty weigh

632.7 lbs (287 kg)

637.1 lbs (289 kg)

637.1 lbs (289 kg)
max take off weight (MTOW)

1041.6 lbs (472.5 kg)

1041.6 lbs (472.5 kg)1322 lbs (600 kg)
fuel tanks capacity

2x 13.2 (2x 50 l)

2x 13.2 (2x 50 l)2x 13.2 (2x 50 l)
useful fuel

2x 12.4 (2x 47 l)

2x 12.4 (2x 47 l)2x 12.4 (2x 47 l)
PERFORMANCESDATA for TOM 472.5 kgDATA for TOM 472.5 kgDATA for TOM 600 kg
stall with flaps34 KIAS34 KIAS39 KIAS
stall without flaps42 KIAS42 KIAS45 KIAS
cruising speed (75% power)132 KIAS147 KIAS142 KIAS
max. horizontal speed142 KIAS152 KIAS 148 KIAS
max speed with airbrakes110 KIAS110 KIAS110 KIAS
max speed with flaps70 KIAS70 KIAS70 KIAS
turbulence penetration speed Vb134 KIAS134 KIAS134 KIAS
best climb speed75 KIAS75 KIAS75 KIAS
max climb rate1200 fpm1590 fpm1296 fpm
best glide ratio speed63 KIAS63 KIAS66 KIAS
best glide1:171:151:15
take off run459 ft311 ft459 ft
take off over 15 m obstacle738 ft574 ft754 ft
service ceiling20341 ft22309 ft19028 ft
45° - 45° roll time1,6 sec 1,6 sec 1,6 sec 
fuel consum. at cruis. speed3.5 US gph4.7 US gph4.75 US gph
endurance6,9 hours 5,3 hours5.2 hours
range distance890 NM782 NM764 NM
max load factor permitted ( x 1,8)+4g -2g +4g -2g +4g -2g 
design safety factors & testedminumum 1.875minumum 1.875minumum 1.875


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 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 optimised 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. 


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 programme with more than 100 hours cumulative tests.


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