Schempp-Hirth Arcus

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Role Two Seater Class glider
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Schempp-Hirth
First flight 2009

The Schempp-Hirth Arcus is a flapped Two Seater Class glider in production by Schempp-Hirth. It first flew 7 April 2009. It is offered in addition to the Duo Discus which is an unflapped 20 metre two-seater, whose fuselage it shares. The wings have flaperons integrated along the whole span.[1]

It is available as a pure glider, a turbo using the Solo 2350-engine, and as a self-launching glider using the Solo 2625-02i. An electric power unit based on Antares 20E equipment was produced until end 2016 when cooperation with Lange stopped.[2]


Production variant with a 20 m wingspan.
Arcus T
Production variant with self-sustaining capabilities, using the Solo 2350 engine.
Arcus M
Production variant with self-launching capabilities, using the Solo 2625-02i engine.
Arcus E
Production variant with self-launching capabilities, using the EM42 electric motor.


Arcus T

Data from Schempp-Hirth.[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: 185 kg (407) water ballast
  • Length: 8.73 m (28 ft 7.7 in)
  • Wingspan: 20.00 m (65 ft 7.4 in)
  • Wing area: 15.6 m2 (167.9 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 25.7
  • Empty weight: 430 kg (948 lb)
  • Gross weight: 800 kg (1,764 lb)


  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (174 mph, 151 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 50
  • Rate of sink: 0.56 m/s (110 ft/min)

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