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Pipistrel Sinus - Three aircraft in one

With the Sinus, you literally purchase three aircraft for the price of one! You get a glider, a long range super-economic cruiser and the most versatile training aircraft on the market. Thanks to dual flight controls and a choice of either tailwheel or nosewheel undercarriage you can use the Sinus as your primary gliding and powered-aircraft trainer! The excellent performance was confirmed with a World Champion title in 2001 and a record-breaking solo flight around the world in 2004.

Sinus UL Motorglider technical data:


max power(with 2 carb.)



wing span



wing area

rudder area

tail area

aspect ratio

positive flaps

negative flaps

center of gravity


empty weight

max take off weight (MTOW)

fuel tanks capacity

useful fuel


stall with flaps

stall without flaps

cruising speed (75% power)

max. horizontal speed 


max speed with flaps down

manoeuvring speed

best climb speed

max climb rate ( 450 kg)

best glide ratio speed

best glide (prop. 90 deg.)

take off run ( 450 kg)

take off over 15 m obstacle (450 kg)

service ceiling ( 450 kg)

45° - 45° roll time

fuel consum. at cruis. speed

endurance (std tanks)

range distance

range distance

max load factor permitted ( x 1,8)


 80 hp at 5800 rpm

Pipistrel VARIO 

 49,1 ft (14,97 m)

21.64 ft (6.6 m)

5.57 ft (1.7 m)

131.96 sq.ft (12.26 m2)

11.84 sq.ft (1.1 m2)

11.62 sq.ft (1.08 m2)

17,54 sq ft (1.63 m2)


9°, 18°


20% - 39%

627 lbs (285 kg)

990 lbs (450 kg), 1039 lbs (472.5 kg), 1196 lbs(544kg)

2x 7.5 US gal (2x 30l), 2x 12.5 US gal (2x 50l)

2x 6,7 US gal (2x 27 l), 2x 11.3 US gal (2x 45 l) 


34 kts

35 kts

108 kts

119 kts

121 kts

70 kts

76 kts

64 kts

1,278 fpm

51 kts


288 feet

485 feet

28,871 feet

4,2 sec

2,43 US gph (9.2 lph)

5,8 hours

3,1 hours

647 NM (1200 km)

+4 g - 2 g

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 Sinus in only 15 minutes - all the controls are self-fitting, making this task as care-free as possible.

Best fuel efficiency and best range

Sinus is simply the most efficient and economical light aircraft on the market! Given its super-low fuel consumption of less than 10 liters per hour (2.6 gph) at a high cruise speed of 200 km/h (110 kts), you can easily fly over 1000 kilometers (540 NM) already with standard 60 liter (16 gal.) fuel tanks. With optional long range (100 liters; 26 gal) fuel tanks your range with reserve goes beyond 1650 km (890 NM)!

World's best!

Having already proven itself in the gliding arena with several eye-catching achievements, including a FAI 500 km triangle, the Sinus hold a multitude of World Records and aviation milestones. Sinus was the absolute winner of the World Championship WAG 2001 in Spain and came runner-up in 2005. In 2004 Sinus was the first light aircraft to fly around the World. Since then, our owners have performed remarkable long-range flights including a non-stop flight from Pisa to Lisbon, Athens - Nordkapp flight and the first ever light aircraft Australia - New Zealand crossing! Sinus also won the legendary race Paris – Madrid Green Air Challenge 2011. 


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