Pipistrel Sinus

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Pipistrel Sinus
Pipistrel Sinus at Festival Aéreo de Vigo 2010 (4806892945).jpg
Role Ultralight Aircraft
National origin Slovenia
Manufacturer Pipistrel
First flight 1995
Number built 1000 (Sinus and Virus family total, March 2019)[1]
Unit cost
€ 75,000 base price
Taildragger configuration

The Pipistrel Sinus is a single-engine ultralight, motor glider developed by Pipistrel.[2][3]


The development of the Sinus began in 1994 in close collaboration with the Slovenian firm Albastar Ltd. A year later, the Sinus was unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen 1995, with first flight of the prototype taking place in 1996.[4]


The Sinus is a two-seat, ultra-light, high-wing, cantilever monoplane. It is primarily built from composite materials and is capable of soaring. The variable-pitch propeller (Pipistrel VARIO) can be feathered in order to diminish the air resistance in non-powered flight.[5]

The Pipistrel Sinus comes with either nose-wheel or taildragger landing gear. Engine models available are the Rotax 503, 582 and 912.

Operational history[edit]

In 2001, Philippe Zen and Thomas Knowles flew a Sinus at the World Air Games in Spain and won first place in the two-seat category.[6]

In May, 2019, Aarohi Pandit became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in an ultralight aircraft, in a Sinus 912 named "Mahi."[7]


Sinus 447
Rotax 447 powered variant for the Slovenian market.
Sinus 503
Rotax 503 powered variant with a variable-pitch folding propeller.
Sinus 582
As the 503 but fitted with a Rotax 582.
Pipistrel Sinus 912
Sinus 912
Rotax 912 powered variant.[5]
Sinus FLEX
Option features two wingtip sets to convert from motor glider to sport cruiser in minutes. With the short wing tips the aircraft is the same as the Pipistrel Virus. The wing tips can also be used on any existing Sinus and not just new-built aircraft.[8]

Specifications (Sinus 912)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.97 m (49 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Empty weight: 284 kg (626 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 472.5 kg (1,042 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 544 kg (1,200 lb)
  • * Fuel capacity: 2×30 L (2×8 U.S. gal)
  • Baggage capacity:
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax Rotax 912UL 4-cylinder, 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine, 80 hp (60 kW)


See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ https://www.pipistrel-aircraft.com/3-2-1-1000-2/
  2. ^ Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 63. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 312. BAI Communications, July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  4. ^ Albastar Ltd (2012). "Development project of the last decade". Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 136. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  6. ^ "The Pipistrel Company and it's History". Pipistrel USA. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  7. ^ "'Riding on a white bird with long wings': Woman flies ultralight aircraft across Atlantic". CBC News. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  8. ^ Pew, Glenn (2013-09-05). "Pipistrel Offers Flex Wing". Avweb. Retrieved 2013-09-09.

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