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80 hp

Max Cruise

104 kts

Max Altitude

18,000 ft

Max Range

890 nm


100 hp

Max Cruise

124 kts

Max Altitude

18,000 ft

Max Range

783 nm


100 hp

Max Cruise

147 kts

Max Altitude

18,000 ft

Max Range

852 nm

Uncompromised Performance

The Virus SW is an exceptional aircraft winning NASA challenges and holding multiple records from around-the-world flights. The Virus SW’s strengths lie in its ability to fly at altitudes of 15,000 ft and take off and land from short runways. Fully customizable with a range of powerplants and equipment options, the Virus SW is the ideal aircraft for fast cross-country flying, surveillance missions and advanced operations.

With more than 1,000 in operation ranging from private owners and aviation professionals to training organizations and special mission applications, the Virus SW is truly Pipistrel’s most versatile aircraft.

Fully Customizable

Available with multiple engine choices, from the 80 hp Rotax 912 to the 115 hp turbocharged Rotax 914 series, the Virus SW combines pure speed with unprecedented fuel economy. A host of avionics options allow for a fully customized flying experience including an IFR-rated glass cockpit with GPS and integrated autopilot.

Aerodynamic Efficiency

Thanks to its superior aerodynamic efficiency, state-of-the-art composite material construction and lowest fuel consumption it its category, the Virus SW can cruise at more than 100 kts and has a range of nearly 900 nm. With a comfortable and quiet cabin full of high-quality features such as handmade leather and a reinforced Kevlar cockpit the Virus SW is a customer favorite.

why virus sw?

Safety as Standard
  • Ballistic parachute recovery system as standard.
  • High turbulence penetration speed allows high speed cruise even in turbulence.
  • Kevlar-reinforced safety cabin and state-of-the-art composite materials to withstand the toughest of environments.
  • An aircraft with no compromises and record-breaking achievements – from several flights around the world to NASA challenge victories.
  • Flexibility of different engines and propellers for different needs.
  • A fully customizable aircraft to meet every aviator’s ambition.
Technical Data Pipistrel Virus SW


The fastest high-wing cruiser

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The Virus SW is the most economic high-speed cruiser and definitely the fastest high-wing aircraft family in its category. Multiple choice of engines defines the varants, ranging from the 80 HP to the 115 HP Turbocharged Rotax 912/914 series engines, including the fuel injected iS. Made from state-of-the-art composite materials, it is lightweight, robust and features an unprecedented useful payload of more than 300 kg (660 lbs). Virus SW offers what no competitor is able to offer and has won hearts of people world-wide. It is our best seller ever since its introduction.

NASA awarded performance

Virus SW is the only light aircraft that combines pure speed with unprecedented fuel economy. More than 1000 units were already sold world-wide, winning the hearts and acclaims of private owners, aviation professionals, training organisations and military instructors alike, just like it won the NASA challenge. Twice! Since the victories at PAV challenge 2007 and NASA GAT centennial challenge 2008, the Virus SW has been further refined and optimised for even better performance.

Virus SW is able to operate from elevations from sea-level up to 15.000 feet, take-off and land from short runways and over obstacles thanks to unique airbrakes, is the quietest light aircraft and has one of the lowest operating costs in its category.
Speed, efficiency and ultra-long range are signature for Pipistrel. Virus SW cruises faster, goes much further and flies higher than the competitors, all this while burning less fuel! Imagine flying around at over 260 km/h (140 kts), easily overflying terrain higher than 4500 m (15.000 ft) and covering distances of over 1500 km (800 NM). With Virus SW you can. All this and much more! The aircraft can be equipped by either the Rotax 912 (80 hp) 912S (100 hp), 912 iS (100 hp) and 914 Turbo (115 hp) powerplants and a large variety of avionics options.

Thanks to its superior aerodynamic efficiency, state-of-the-art composite material structure and lowest fuel consumption figures in the category, the Virus SW is ideal for High speed cross-country flying, surveillance missions, ab-initio-, advanced and extreme manoeuvre training, aerial photography and high-mountain operations. Did you know that the Virus SW has the glide ratio of 15:1 and can glide further in case of emergency than most aeroplanes?

Safety, engineering and worldwide certifications

Virus SW can be called the 300 km/h (160 kts) ultralight/microlight/LSA, but it is much more than that! With a high turbulence penetration speed (green arc) and the VNE of 302 km/h (163 kts), you can take advantage of high-speed cruise even in strong turbulence. The cockpit remains quiet and comfortable throughout the flight! The Virus SW has the largest flight safety margins in its category and can be equipped with the total ballistic parachute rescue system, offering a chance of rescue even at maximum speeds and close to the terrain.

Comfortable and luxurious cabin

The exclusive Kevlar-reinforced safety cockpit with luxurious leather interior will keep you both comfortable and safe. You can choose your own color configurations free of charge!

The instrument panel is made of carbon fibre with visible-structure and can accommodate a wide selection of modern avionics, including a full glass-cockpit IFR suite with dual-axis GPS-driven autopilot and electric or hydraulic constant-speed propeller control. The panel can be arranged according to your wishes with assistance of our skilled avionics technicians. The Virus SW has the range in excess of 1850 km (1000 nm) and you can take 40 kg (90 lbs) of luggage with you.

Upon special request, the Virus can be adapted for Special Missions, including visual/IR camera gimbals, geographical surveys, trans-oceanic-range flights and more.

Technical Data Pipistrel Virus SW
LabelVIRUS 912 SW 80VIRUS 912 SW 100VIRUS 912 SW 100 IS
max power(with 2 carb.)80 hp at 5800 rpm100 hp at 5800 rpm100 hp at 5800 rpm
PROPELLERVariable pitchVariable pitchVariable pitch
wing span10.71 m10.71 m10.71 m (35 ft. 1 inch)
length6.5 m6.5 m6.5 m (21 ft. 3 inch)
wing area9.51 m29.51 m29.51 m2 (103ft2)
rudder area1.1 m21.1 m21.1 m2
tail area1.08 m21.08 m21.08 m2
aspect ratio11,311,311,3
positive flaps9 deg. 19 deg9 deg. 19 deg9 deg. 19 deg
negative flaps5 deg5 deg5 deg
center of gravity25% – 37%25% – 37%25% – 37%
empty weight287 kg289 kg292 kg
max take off weight (MTOW)472.5 kg / 600 kg472.5 kg / 600 kg472.5 kg / 600 kg
fuel tanks capacity2 x 50 l2 x 50 l2 x 50 l
useful fuel2 x 47 l2 x 47 l2 x 47 l
stall with flaps64 km/h64 km/h64 km/h
stall without flaps79 km/h79 km/h79 km/h
cruising speed (75% power)246 km/h273 km/h273 km/h
max. horizontal speed264 km/h283 km/h283 km/h
VNE302 km/h302 km/h302 km/h
max speed with airbrakes out205 km/h205 km/h205 km/h
max speed with flaps down130 km/h130 km/h130 km/h
manoeuvring speed174 km/h174 km/h174 km/h
best climb speed140 km/h140 km/h140 km/h
max climb rate6.1 m/sec8.4 m/sec8.4 m/sec
best glide ratio speed118 km/h118 km/h118 km/h
best glide1:171:171:17
take off run140 m95 m95 m
take off over 15 m obstacle225 m175 m175 m
service ceiling5486,4 m5486,4 m5486,4 m
45°-45° roll time1.6 sec1.6 sec1.6 sec
fuel consum. at cruise. speed13.6 l/hour17.8 l/hour15.5 l/hour
endurance 6.9 hours5.3 hours6.4 hours
range distance1650 km1450 km1720 km
max load factor permitted ( x1.875)+4g -2g+4g -2g+4g -2g
design safety factors & testedminimum 1.875minimum 1.875minimum 1.875

Note: Pipistrel reserves the right to revise this data sheet whenever occasioned by product improvement, government/authority regulations or other good cause.

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Pipistrel Virus SW currently holds Certificates as below:


LSA certificate


The Virus SW has been added to the Canadian List of Models Eligible to be Registered as Advanced Ultra-Light Aeroplanes (AULA):
Models Eligible to be Registered as Advanced Ultra-Light Aeroplanes (AULA)


Certificado de aeronavegabilidad

EASA – Permit to Fly


VirusSW modelSeatsMin speed (km/h)VNE (km/h)Reservoir fuel capacityEngine RotaxPropeller PipistrelNo. of bladesParachuteEmpty weight (kg)MTOW
SW 10026302100 L912 ULVario 100 / Woodcomp Varia2yes600
VirusSW modelSeatsMin speed (km/h)VNE (km/h)Reservoir fuel capacityEngine RotaxPropeller PipistrelNo. of bladesParachuteEmpty weight (kg)MTOW
SW 80264<302100 L912 UL2Vario 802no267-288,4450
SW 80 (P)264302100 L912 UL2Vario 802yes280- 310,9472.5
SW 100264302100 L912 ULSVario 100/ Woodcomp Varia2no269 – 288,4450
SW 100 (P)264302100 L912 ULSVario 100/ Woodcomp Varia2yes282 – 310,9472.5
VirusSW modelSeatsMin speed (km/h)VNE (km/h)Reservoir fuel capacityEngine RotaxPropeller PipistrelNo. of bladesParachuteEmpty weight (kg)MTOW
SW 100264302100 L912 ULVario 100 / Woodcomp Varia2yes289472.5

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