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FAQ's - USA

FAQ's for the Pipistrel Sinus, Virus, Virus SW, Taurus and Apis aircraft.

I am being flooded with inquiries regarding registration in the USA with Sport Pilot and the LSA category and following is additional information.

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Can a person legally put a Sinus onto the USA register right now ??
Is there an option to use the Rotax 912S or 914?
Can you describe the control linkages in the plane? Cables, rods, etc.?
How much drag does the nose wheel option add? Do you recommend this option?
Is there a fairing for the nose wheel?
Can you give me more details and prices for all the avionics options?
What is the Auto Pilot option?
Is there an altitude encoding transponder option?
What are the special luggage racks?
Are the Sinus and Virus available as kits?
Can the aircraft be fitted with a rescue parachute?
I am very tall/short, will I fit in Pipistrel Aircraft
Are the wings on the aircraft removable?


“Can a person legally put a Sinus onto the USA register right now ??”

The simple answer is YES !

From 1st March 2010 the aircraft are now accepted into the LSA category which means they can now be legally used for training, hire and reward. All previous aircraft imported into the USA have been registered under the experimental category as either light aircraft or self launch gliders.


Is there an option to use the Rotax 912S or 914?

No, the 100 hp and 115 hp Rotax engines are too powerful for the Sinus and Virus, the 80 hp engine is ideally suited for touring and soaring it is smooth, fuel efficient and reliable. The new Virus SW is able to be fitted with either the 80 hp or 100 hp Rotax engines but its performance is hobbled to meet the requirements of the LSA category.


Can you describe the control linkages in the plane? Cables, rods, etc.?

The Sinus and Virus are controlled by pushrods with bearings, the rudders are controlled with cables


How much drag does the nosewheel option add?  Do you recommend this option?

The nosewheel option on the Sinus does make it easier to control on the aircraft on the ground and it makes forward visibility better while taxing, unlike most tailwheel aircraft the Sinus is easy to control on the ground and shows no tendency to ground loop or display other unfavorable behavior. I would however recommend to most customers to get the nosewheel version because it simply makes the aircraft easier to use and of course the insurance is cheaper


Is there a fairing for the nose wheel?

The Sinus, Virus and Virus SW if fitted with the optional nosewheel come fully faired


Can you give me more details and prices for all the avionics options?

The standard instruments for the Sinus, Virus, Virus SW and Taurus aircraft is the Brauniger electronic instrument panel, this basically has everything you need to operate the aircraft in normal conditions, add a VHF / UHF radio and transponder if necessary. Or, you can fully optioned the aircraft up to suit your exact requirements with glass panels, autopilot etc. The great advantage with Pipistrel aircraft is that each one is handmade and customized to suit your exact individual requirements and you can basically pick and choose whatever you want


Is Auto Pilot an option?

Yes we are fitting the Dynon auto pilot system


Is there an altitude encoding transponder option?

Yes we have used the Microair transponders, but due to recent reliability issues we now recommend the Becker or Garmin Transponder. Transponders can either be supplied in mode A/C or mode S transponders


What are the special luggage racks?

The normal luggage rack is a fabric sling which sits behind the seats; this is enough for most owners. If you plan longer excursions the larger luggage rack will give you more than enough room for all of your luggage. We have recently added an external access door to the luggage compartment as an option


Are the Sinus and Virus available as kits?

The Sinus, Virus and Virus SW are currently available as FAA 51% approved kits.


Can the aircraft be fitted with a rescue parachute?

It is the manufacturers recommendation for high performance aircraft like the Sinus, Virus, Virus SW, Taurus and Apis to have a rescue chute fitted, in some countries it’s mandatory and in countries like the USA you can often get cheaper insurance with one fitted


I am very tall/short, will I fit in Pipistrel aircraft ?

The Pipistrel aircraft range have adjustable ruder pedals; they take only moments to adjust each side. The owner of Pipistrel is 6’4” and he fits in the aircraft but I would say that’s about the upper limit, one of our owners is only 5’2” and with the help of a different seat base he fits in the aircraft perfectly. The best way to find out is to sit in one at your local dealers location.


Are the wings on the aircraft removable?

The wings on the aircraft are typical of most modern gliders; they have overlapping spars with three pins going through each spar to lock the wings into position securely on the fuselage. They can be removed in around 10 minutes by 2 people after the fuel has been drained.


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