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Pipistrel Explorer

Maximum Range

625 nm

Maximum Cruise Speed

133 ktas

Useful Load

505 lb

Max Altitude

18, 000 ft

The most advanced aircraft in its category!

Bold claims yet the Explorer delivers. The clean lines and efficient design from 3D printing provide superior performance with minimum power required and is the highest performing aircraft in the CS-LSA category.

The Explorer’s durability, speed and performance makes it an ideal aircraft for general aviation and for operation from the remotest of locations, including hot, high altitude and extreme cold. Approved for Day/Night VFR operation and intentional spins matched with an IFR ready avionics package.

The Explorer is ready for you.

Interior

Best in class

  • IFR ready avionics, dual touch screen Garmin G3X, advanced auto-pilot, constant speed propeller and airbrakes come standard.
  • The best equipped, affordable and comfortable 2-seat EASA type certified aircraft in its category.
  • Ideal for personal travel, club workhorse or as an advanced trainer

Why Explorer

Safety as Standard

The Explorer incorporates a haptic stall warning system which alerts pilots approaching the stall like in the Club and Electro. The full airframe parachute system adds to peace of mind and through modern 3D printed parts is a robust, rugged workhorse.

Value

  • Approved for Day/Night VFR operations, intentional spins and an IFR ready avionics package makes the Explorer an excellent choice for more advanced flying.
  • Approved to operate with both AVGAS and MOGAS and with low fuel consumption thanks to an efficiently designed airframe.
  • Packed with equipment including the Garmin G3X Avionics package, airbrakes, constant speed propeller and airframe parachute rescue system all as standard.

Specifications

Technical data on Pipistrel Explorer

Description

VIRUS SW 121A – EXPLORER

Download Brochure

The Virus SW 121A – Explorer is the most advanced aircraft in its category. It is one step ahead of its older brother, the Virus SW 121. It is the result of over 30 years of Pipistrel’s experience in designing energy-efficient motor-planes, which follow the glider philosophy. The extraordinarily clean aircraft shapes enable flying with minimum power and noise, as well as the lowest fuel consumption, while keeping the performance on the same level or even better. Approved for intentional spins and Night VFR, the Explorer has the best flight characteristics in its category.

Structural efficiency is the sum of knowledge acquired in making 1500 aircraft of the same family of products. Certified and used in the most diverse environments all over the world, the entire SW 121 aircraft family fulfils the expectations of the most demanding customers who use the aircraft in hot & humid or extremely cold conditions, salty atmosphere close to the sea, or at very high altitude airports.

Even with all its advanced features and superb performance, the Explorer’s extremely efficient, environment-friendly design makes it very simple to fly and operate. The results are low running and maintenance costs, making it the most affordable choice on the market, either as an advanced trainer for the training organizations or as a personal travel aircraft for adventurous individuals.

The Explorer features the best equipment in the category, including:

Dual touch-screen glass cockpit
Full-featured autopilot
Dual radio
ADS-B In & Out
Haptic stall-warning
Full airframe ballistic parachute rescue system
Certified engine capable of running on automotive fuel
Certified hydraulic constant speed propeller
Airbrakes for rapid descent
Glider towing hook
Approval for night VFR
Approval for intentional spins
Adjustable pedals and headrests

It is important to highlight Explorer’s key outstanding characteristics:
Fast and economic performance

It is the fastest, most capable and the most economic aircraft in the CS-LSA category. Its speed performance allows it to fly at IFR speeds in/near complex airspaces and procedures, so it can be used for private use and training also at busy airports next to airliners, without slowing down the other traffic.

EASA Type-Certificate

It is the first and the only EASA Type-certified aircraft (no restrictions, category “normal”) in the CS-LSA category for night VFR operations, intentional spins and glider-towing, the only one with an autopilot, dual redundant ADAHRS units and airbrakes. It can be used for commercial operations and it is the ideal solution for PPL training.Panthera interior.pdf – download here

Safety based on modern technology

The Explorer incorporates a haptic stall warning system, already in use in the Velis Electro and Velis Club, which alerts the pilot when approaching the stall. The full-airframe ballistic parachute rescue system adds the ultimate layer of safety in those situations when all other measures were ineffective.

The Explorer (and the SW 121 aircraft family) is the first small aircraft in history to be type-certified with 3D printed parts.

Multiple learning purposes

The Explorer can be used for different learning purposes: from being a very simple initial trainer at the beginning of the process to more advanced systems – such as constant speed propeller, negative flaps, airbrakes and autopilot – which can be included later. The instructor can slowly increase the difficulty of subjects in the later stages of training by gradual addition of new systems and options which the aircraft is certified for (intentional spins, longer routes and the use of auto-pilot, also during the night, thanks to the night VFR approval etc).

The Explorer enables flight schools to substitute their multi-aircraft system, where they have to use at least one aircraft for basic training and another for advanced training, for one aircraft only. By combining all the capabilities typically obtained with many aircraft into a single one, they can drastically lower the initial costs of the training fleet.

“En-route IFR” training

The Explorer is packed with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. As such it can also be partially used for “en-route IFR” training in several countries This makes the Explorer the only 2-seat aircraft in the market which enables training from the simplest beginnings to the difficulty of a twin-engine aircraft for obtaining higher pilot licences.

Glider towing

Being type-certified for glider towing makes the Explorer very useful for clubs as all-in-one aircraft for training, cross-country flight, and glider towing, offering the flight hours on an aircraft to be fully used.

Dimensions
Length  6.42 m (21.06 ft)
Wingspan 10.70 m (35.10 ft)
Height 1.90 m (6.23 ft)
Wing Area 9.51 m2 (102.4 ft2)
Mean Aerodynamic Chord 0.898 m (2.95 ft)
Aspect Ratio 12.04
Positive Flaps 0°, +9.5°, +20°; marked (0), (+1), (+2) respectively
Negative Flaps -5°; marked as (-)
Center of Gravity 25% – 35% MAC
Weights
Design Empty Weight 371 kg (818 lb)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 600 kg (1323 lb)
Design Useful Load 229 kg (505 lb)
Max Baggage Weight 25 kg (55 lb)
Fuel Tanks Capacity 2 x 50 l
Useful Fuel 2 x 49.5 l
Performance
Maximum Cruise Speed 163 ktas (310 km/h)
Max Structural Cruising Speed 120 ktas (222 km/h)
Max Operating Manoeuvring Speed 100 ktas (185 km/h)
Max Flaps Extended Speed 81 ktas (150 km/h)
Max Airbrakes Extended Speed 100 ktas (185 km/h)
Stall Speed With Flaps 47 ktas (87 km/h)
Stall Without Flaps 53 ktas (98 km/h)
Towing Limitations glider up to 600 kg, to meet 500 m total take off distance (over 15 m obstacle)
Best Climb Speed
78 ktas (144 km/h)
Max Climb Rate 5.33 m/s (1050 ft/min)
Take Off Distance at SL 160 m (525 ft)
Take Off Distance Over 15 m Obstacle at SL 320 m (1,050 ft)
Maximum Take-Off Altitude 3048 m (10,000 ft) MSL
Maximum Operating Altitude 5486 m (18,000 ft) MSL
Permitted Fuel AVGAS, MOGAS or car fuel (min RON 95; EN228 Premium or Premium plus with max. 10% Ethanol)
Fuel Consumption at 2000 ft. 75% PWR cruise speed 18.4 l/h (4.86 gal/h)
Endurance @4000 ft., 65 % power) 5 h 33 min (+30 min reserve)
Range Distance (+ 30 min reserve, @4000 ft., 65 % power) 1189 km (642 nmi)
Noise Level (ICAO Annex 16, Chapter 10) 70 dB(A) (measured)
Flight Load Factor Limits 4.0 g+, 2.0 g-
Powerplant
Manufacturer Rotax
Egine-Model 912 S3
Power Rating 100 hp, 73.5 kW
Propeller Manufacturer Hartzell
Description 2-blade Hydraulic CS MTV-33-1-A/170-200 EASA certified

Pipistrel Explorer

Maximum Range

625 nm

Maximum Cruise Speed

133 ktas

Maximum Occupants

2

Useful Load

505 lb

Maximum Altitude

18, 000 ft

The most advanced aircraft in its category!

Bold claims yet the Explorer delivers. The clean lines and efficient design from 3D printing provide superior performance with minimum power required and is the highest performing aircraft in the CS-LSA category.

The Explorer’s durability, speed and performance makes it an ideal aircraft for general aviation and for operation from the remotest of locations, including hot, high altitude and extreme cold. Approved for Day/Night VFR operation and intentional spins matched with an IFR ready avionics package.

The Explorer is ready for you.

Interior

Best in class

  • IFR ready avionics, dual touch screen Garmin G3X, advanced auto-pilot, constant speed propeller and airbrakes come standard.
  • The best equipped, affordable and comfortable 2-seat EASA type certified aircraft in its category.
  • Ideal for personal travel, club workhorse or as an advanced trainer

Why Explorer

Safety as Standard

The Explorer incorporates a haptic stall warning system which alerts pilots approaching the stall like in the Club and Electro. The full airframe parachute system adds to peace of mind and through modern 3D printed parts is a robust, rugged workhorse.

Value

  • Approved for Day/Night VFR operations, intentional spins and an IFR ready avionics package makes the Explorer an excellent choice for more advanced flying.
  • Approved to operate with both AVGAS and MOGAS and with low fuel consumption thanks to an efficiently designed airframe.
  • Packed with equipment including the Garmin G3X Avionics package, airbrakes, constant speed propeller and airframe parachute rescue system all as standard.

Specifications

Technical data on Pipistrel Explorer

Dimensions
Length  6.42 m (21.06 ft)
Wingspan 10.70 m (35.10 ft)
Height 1.90 m (6.23 ft)
Wing Area 9.51 m2 (102.4 ft2)
Mean Aerodynamic Chord 0.898 m (2.95 ft)
Aspect Ratio 12.04
Positive Flaps 0°, +9.5°, +20°; marked (0), (+1), (+2) respectively
Negative Flaps -5°; marked as (-)
Center of Gravity 25% – 35% MAC
Weights
Design Empty Weight 371 kg (818 lb)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 600 kg (1323 lb)
Design Useful Load 229 kg (505 lb)
Max Baggage Weight 25 kg (55 lb)
Fuel Tanks Capacity 2 x 50 l
Useful Fuel 2 x 49.5 l
Performance
Maximum Cruise Speed 163 ktas (310 km/h)
Max Structural Cruising Speed 120 ktas (222 km/h)
Max Operating Manoeuvring Speed 100 ktas (185 km/h)
Max Flaps Extended Speed 81 ktas (150 km/h)
Max Airbrakes Extended Speed 100 ktas (185 km/h)
Stall Speed With Flaps 47 ktas (87 km/h)
Stall Without Flaps 53 ktas (98 km/h)
Towing Limitations glider up to 600 kg, to meet 500 m total take off distance (over 15 m obstacle)
Best Climb Speed
78 ktas (144 km/h)
Max Climb Rate 5.33 m/s (1050 ft/min)
Take Off Distance at SL 160 m (525 ft)
Take Off Distance Over 15 m Obstacle at SL 320 m (1,050 ft)
Maximum Take-Off Altitude 3048 m (10,000 ft) MSL
Maximum Operating Altitude 5486 m (18,000 ft) MSL
Permitted Fuel AVGAS, MOGAS or car fuel (min RON 95; EN228 Premium or Premium plus with max. 10% Ethanol)
Fuel Consumption at 2000 ft. 75% PWR cruise speed 18.4 l/h (4.86 gal/h)
Endurance @4000 ft., 65 % power) 5 h 33 min (+30 min reserve)
Range Distance (+ 30 min reserve, @4000 ft., 65 % power) 1189 km (642 nmi)
Noise Level (ICAO Annex 16, Chapter 10) 70 dB(A) (measured)
Flight Load Factor Limits 4.0 g+, 2.0 g-
Powerplant
Manufacturer Rotax
Egine-Model 912 S3
Power Rating 100 hp, 73.5 kW
Propeller Manufacturer Hartzell
Description 2-blade Hydraulic CS MTV-33-1-A/170-200 EASA certified
Description

VIRUS SW 121A – EXPLORER

Download Brochure

The Virus SW 121A – Explorer is the most advanced aircraft in its category. It is one step ahead of its older brother, the Virus SW 121. It is the result of over 30 years of Pipistrel’s experience in designing energy-efficient motor-planes, which follow the glider philosophy. The extraordinarily clean aircraft shapes enable flying with minimum power and noise, as well as the lowest fuel consumption, while keeping the performance on the same level or even better. Approved for intentional spins and Night VFR, the Explorer has the best flight characteristics in its category.

Structural efficiency is the sum of knowledge acquired in making 1500 aircraft of the same family of products. Certified and used in the most diverse environments all over the world, the entire SW 121 aircraft family fulfils the expectations of the most demanding customers who use the aircraft in hot & humid or extremely cold conditions, salty atmosphere close to the sea, or at very high altitude airports.

Even with all its advanced features and superb performance, the Explorer’s extremely efficient, environment-friendly design makes it very simple to fly and operate. The results are low running and maintenance costs, making it the most affordable choice on the market, either as an advanced trainer for the training organizations or as a personal travel aircraft for adventurous individuals.

The Explorer features the best equipment in the category, including:

Dual touch-screen glass cockpit
Full-featured autopilot
Dual radio
ADS-B In & Out
Haptic stall-warning
Full airframe ballistic parachute rescue system
Certified engine capable of running on automotive fuel
Certified hydraulic constant speed propeller
Airbrakes for rapid descent
Glider towing hook
Approval for night VFR
Approval for intentional spins
Adjustable pedals and headrests

It is important to highlight Explorer’s key outstanding characteristics:
Fast and economic performance

It is the fastest, most capable and the most economic aircraft in the CS-LSA category. Its speed performance allows it to fly at IFR speeds in/near complex airspaces and procedures, so it can be used for private use and training also at busy airports next to airliners, without slowing down the other traffic.

EASA Type-Certificate

It is the first and the only EASA Type-certified aircraft (no restrictions, category “normal”) in the CS-LSA category for night VFR operations, intentional spins and glider-towing, the only one with an autopilot, dual redundant ADAHRS units and airbrakes. It can be used for commercial operations and it is the ideal solution for PPL training.Panthera interior.pdf – download here

Safety based on modern technology

The Explorer incorporates a haptic stall warning system, already in use in the Velis Electro and Velis Club, which alerts the pilot when approaching the stall. The full-airframe ballistic parachute rescue system adds the ultimate layer of safety in those situations when all other measures were ineffective.

The Explorer (and the SW 121 aircraft family) is the first small aircraft in history to be type-certified with 3D printed parts.

Multiple learning purposes

The Explorer can be used for different learning purposes: from being a very simple initial trainer at the beginning of the process to more advanced systems – such as constant speed propeller, negative flaps, airbrakes and autopilot – which can be included later. The instructor can slowly increase the difficulty of subjects in the later stages of training by gradual addition of new systems and options which the aircraft is certified for (intentional spins, longer routes and the use of auto-pilot, also during the night, thanks to the night VFR approval etc).

The Explorer enables flight schools to substitute their multi-aircraft system, where they have to use at least one aircraft for basic training and another for advanced training, for one aircraft only. By combining all the capabilities typically obtained with many aircraft into a single one, they can drastically lower the initial costs of the training fleet.

“En-route IFR” training

The Explorer is packed with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. As such it can also be partially used for “en-route IFR” training in several countries This makes the Explorer the only 2-seat aircraft in the market which enables training from the simplest beginnings to the difficulty of a twin-engine aircraft for obtaining higher pilot licences.

Glider towing

Being type-certified for glider towing makes the Explorer very useful for clubs as all-in-one aircraft for training, cross-country flight, and glider towing, offering the flight hours on an aircraft to be fully used.

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