In a parallel line of development, around 2000 another Slovenian company, Albastar, which was fabricating wings for Sinuses, mated a conventional single-seat midwing fuselage to a 13-meter version of the wing to create a 40:1 ultralight-class sailplane, which it called Apis. This project was sold to a third Slovenian company, AMSFlight, which provided it with a retractable engine and marketed it as a kit. Pipistrel bought the project back from AMSFlight in 2008, updated it, and now sells it under the names Apis and, in some markets, Bee. In the meantime, in 2002 Pipistrel had developed its own side-by-side, two-seat, self-launching sailplane, Taurus, with a 15-meter version of the same wing, a 41:1 glide ratio and a retractable Rotax engine on a pylon behind the cockpit. Taurus is available in an electric version as well.