Pipistrel Virus in Photos

At 55 mpg, the Pipistrel Virus is changing the efficiency equation.

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The Virus combines near-perfect packaging of people and engine with a sailplane-like laminar wing and a feathering propeller. For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus." (Photos by Robert Goyer)**
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Medial air intake feeds the radiator for the Rotax engine’s liquid-cooled cylinder heads. For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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Optional upper-surface airbrakes add direct lift control to a wing reluctant to come down. For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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They are controlled by an overhead handle located between the seats. For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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Many levels of instrumentation are available, including several types of EFIS and a StormScope. Throttle (black) and pitch trim (green) are between the seats. For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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Good airplane design is part instinct, part luck and part fanatical weight control. Pipistrel has all three. For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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Proud boasts on one side of the nose continue on the other with top honors in two NASA/CAFE efficiency contests. For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."
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For more, check out Peter Garrison's feature, "Pipistrel Virus."