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Pipistrel Virus

Pipistrel Virus


The Pipistrel Virus is a two-seater high-wing aircraft. It is a light, single-engine aircraft produced by Pipistrel in Slovenia and Italy. The aircraft is sold as a light sport aircraft, ultralight and self-built kit.

The Virus was introduced in 1999. The type is based on the Pipistrel Sinus. The aircraft is produced in a number of variants, with different engines, wing spans and landing gear. The Virus was later developed into the first certified electric aircraft: the Pipistrel Velis Electro.

Brand Pipistrel
Type Virus
Pilots 1
Passengers 1
Maximum Take Off Weight 600 kg
Empty weight 289 kg
Payload 311 kg
Cruising speed 147 knots (272 km/h)
Maximum Speed 163 knots (302 km/h)
Stall speed 43 knots (80 km/h)
Maximum distance 1450 km
Fuel Capacity 100 liter
Maximum altitude 22300 feet (6797 m)
Span 10.7 m
Height 6.5 m

These specifications are intended to give you an idea of the Pipistrel Virus. They cannot be used for flight preparation. Often there are many different types of aircraft released with varying specifications and prices. Check the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) if you want to know the exact values of the aircraft you are going to fly. Your flight instructor will be happy to help you with this.

Frequently asked questions about the Pipistrel Virus

How fast does a Pipistrel Virus fly?

An Pipistrel Virus is normally flying at about 272 km/h (147 knots), which is its cruising speed. It can fly a bit faster, but never more than 302 km/h (163 knots).

How far can a Pipistrel Virus fly?

The range is about 1,450 kilometres. The distance also depends on how fast you fly and whether there is much wind. A possible diversion to another airport is also taken into account.

How much does a Pipistrel Virus weigh?

Empty the aircraft weighs about 289 kg. Including fuel, passengers and baggage, the aircraft must not weigh more than 600 kg. The maximum amount of fuel, passengers and baggage that can be carried is 311 kg.

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About Eveline van den Boom

The author of this article is Eveline van den Boom. In 2006, she received her first flying lesson as a birthday present; a beautiful flight over Rotterdam. That tasted like more!

In 2010, she got her PPL licence in Lelystad. In 2011, an aircraft was purchased: an Aero AT-3. This aircraft is still flying in the fleet with callsign PH-EVB.

She wrote the theory books "Theory of Flying" and "Theory helicopter flying". These can be ordered with your flying lesson and are also separately for sale on

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