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The best aircraft for special services such as: infrared and classic aerial video and photography, 3D terrain mapping, surveillance, sea and border patrol, power/pipeline monitoring and more...

It has extremely fast cruise speed, excellent camera stability and low noise, superb range and characteristics even in harshest conditions such arctic ice, deserts and tropical regions. 

Pipistrel Surveyor 35/50 Performance Data

NameSURVEYOR (Virus SW 100)SURVEYOR (Virus SW 100)
ENGINEROTAX 912 ULS or fuel injected 912 iSROTAX 912 80 or 100 hp engines or fuel injected 912 iS
max power100 hp at 5800 RPM80/100 hp at 5800 RPM
fuel typeAutomotive fuel and AVGAS, octanes
between 91 and 130, up to 10% ethanol
Automotive fuel and AVGAS, octanes
between 91 and 130, up to 10% ethanol

wing span35.13 ft49.11  ft 
length21.32 ft21.32 ft
height6 ft6 ft
wing area102.3 sq ft132 sq ft
wing area

max take-off weight (MTOW)1322 lbs to 1653 lbs1322 lbs to 1653 lbs
fuel tanks capacity26 US gal to 52 US gal26 US gal to 52 US gal

min mission speed for camera work

48 KIAS   

48 KIAS   

max mission speed for camera work134  KIAS134  KIAS
cruising speed (75% power)142 KIAS110 KIAS
max. horizontal speed148 KIAS120 KIAS
turbulence penetration speed Vb134 KIAS68 KIAS
max climb rate1296 fpm1296 fpm
take off run459 ft459 ft
take off over 15 m obstacle754 ft754 ft
max altitude19028 ft19028 ft
fuel consumption at cruise speed4.7 gph3.5 gph
endurance at cruise speed (100 l)5.3 h7.4 h
max operating temperature131 °F (55 ° C)131 °F (55 ° C)
range distance764 NM (with 100 l of fuel, cruise speed)819 NM (with 100 l of fuel, cruise speed)

The Pipistrel SURVEYOR Airborne Surveillance program features a special aircraft that is customized with different advanced sensory packages and control systems using the Pipistrel Virus SW 100 as a base airframe with either 35-foot or 50-foot wingspan and then fully customized for your mission requirements.

***SPECIAL OFFER: Surveyor just as you need it! 

Start with our basic airframe and modify it to suit your particular requirement and payloads. You need it? We can do it!

We offer customised platforms, adapted to your needs! Aircraft suitable for:

-flying at extreme altitudes (up to 30,000 feet), 

-with extra-long range (up to 4500 km) and 

-with endurance at cruise speed up to 30 hours.

For more information and options please contact 

The Pipistrel Virus SW 100 is the winner of two NASA competitions for excellence in aircraft technology, the PAV 2007 Challenge and the GAT 2008 Challenge. 

The Surveyor 35 is known for extremely fast cruise speeds and being stable throughout the camera operating speed range.

If longer flights are required the Surveyor 50 is known for its super-efficient operation, extremely low noise footprint and being able to stay airborne for more than 24 hours.

Using advanced composite technologies, the airframe guarantees corrosion-free construction and extreme durability even under the harshest conditions. More than 600 aircraft from these models fly worldwide over deserts, artic ice and tropical regions. The Pipistrel Surveyors’ are truly versatile aircraft with excellent handling characteristics, low purchase and operating costs and high capability sensors.


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