Let’s hear the word of the pilot himself:
“Flying in the spacious and comfortable cockpit for 10 hours was simple and peaceful. I could have done it for another 10 hours, if needed. For me, the Sinus wasn’t just a love at the first sight: after 400 hours of flying in 6 months it has become an obsession. I love the gliders, but i hate being dependant on pulleys. I am therefore attracted to motor-gliders, but there are few in the world market.
Moreover it is practically impossible to find one, capable of a good performance, simple and economic at same time .
For example, the Stemme is very beautiful, but the price is way over my budget. Then the great wing span of these planes renders the hangar storage difficult and impossible to operate on small airports.
Also the Dimona and the Ximango are costly – as the price of purchase and the maintenance. When I saw the Sinus in ’98, it fulfilled all my requirements on paper. The performance compared to the price make it clearly superior in efficiency, in autonomy and the cruise speed and the possibility to operate on small runways. The only competition when it comes to the gliding rate is the Stemme with its 1:50, but the Sinus is without rivals when it comes to cross-country flying.
After months of research i still haven’t found any plane more interesting, so I decided to visit the factory in Slovenia. Observing the production of the plane is even more important than trying out the plane in the air. I couldn’t have tried it anyway because of the bad weather, so I was forced to wait for another few months.
I participated in World Championship 2001 in Spain, where I was able to see the Sinus in action, flying against me in the race. And confirming its great characteristics yet again – with the victory of Phillipe Zen, who won with a half-again advantage over the second-placed competitor.
The characteristics of my Mistral just weren’t comparable – and it was this which finally pushed me to acquire a Pipistrel plane.
Many people still think of the ultralights as the objects of low performance abilities, primitive, fragile and quite dangerous. It was this line of thinking that made me want to test the capability of flight of a modern ULM in one single, long flight.
Moreover, I wanted to travel inside Europe – so I spent a week in Tuscany, Italy, flying from there to the north and to the south of Italy, in order to become familiar with my new aircraft.
My friend Max Pinucci had an idea to film the Sinus in flight over the mountains, lakes and seaside, using me and my new plane as the main actors! Fabrizio Cerboneschi and Max followed me in another Sinus without a door, with a video camera always ready for action.
The weather seemed to like me – the Tuscany and its people are truly special. I remembered the region of my childhood and I felt like home – I even had the impression I knew the language.
We all have dreams, and one of the most classic ones is to fly. I love the Sinus so much that I would find it a sin not to share it with my friends.”
But let us return to the story.
“I am so happy with this aircraft that I will feel egotistical if I don’t share my experiences with this wonderful flying machine to the people who love flying. If you don’t have many experience with flying, you may find an idea of such a long flight almost bizarre. As the enthusiasts, we can’t consult anyone about the planning, support, security and all that the long flights require. We have to do it all on our own. But nowadays there is a lot of electronic things to help us in flight: computers, cell phones, internet, GPS, radar and advanced instruments. I have decided to make my flight only with the help of maps and a compass.”