Pipistrel Spider

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Role Ultralight trike
National origin Slovenia
Manufacturer Pipistrel
Introduction 1980s
Status In production (2014)
Produced 1980s - present

The Pipistrel Spider is a Slovenian ultralight trike, designed and produced by Pipistrel of Ajdovščina. The aircraft is supplied as a kit for amateur construction or as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category, including the category's maximum gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb). The aircraft has a maximum gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb). It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a two-seats-in-tandem open cockpit with an optional cockpit fairing, tricycle landing gear with wheel pants and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft is made from composites and steel tubing, with its double surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. A number of different wings can be fitted to the basic carriage, but typical is a 10.50 m (34.4 ft) span wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame weight-shift control bar. The powerplant is a twin cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke, dual-ignition 50 hp (37 kW) Rotax 503 or the twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, two-stroke, dual-ignition 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine. The aircraft has an empty weight of 130 kg (287 lb) and a gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb), giving a useful load of 320 kg (705 lb). With full fuel of 42 litres (9.2 imp gal; 11 US gal) the payload is 290 kg (639 lb).[1][2]

The standard day, sea level, no wind, take off and landing roll with a 50 hp (37 kW) engine is 30 m (98 ft).[1]

The manufacturer estimates the construction time from the supplied kit as 150 hours.[1]

Operational history[edit]

By 1998 the company reported that 250 kits had been sold were flying.[1]

Specifications (Spider)[edit]

Data from Purdy[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 10.50 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Empty weight: 129.75 kg (286 lb)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 42 litres (9.2 imp gal; 11 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 503 twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, two stroke aircraft engine, 37 kW (50 hp)
  • Propellers: 4-bladed ground adjustable composite


  • Maximum speed: 179 km/h; 96 kn (111 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 121 km/h; 65 kn (75 mph)
  • Stall speed: 55 km/h; 30 kn (34 mph)
  • Range: 499 km; 269 nmi (310 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,700 m (22,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.00 m/s (984 ft/min)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, page 222. BAI Communications, 15 July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  2. ^ "Pipistrel Aircraft Spider". Pipistrel.si. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

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