I was quite taken with the Pipistrel Virus (pronounced Veer-oos, it’s not a disease) on display at the Sywell Aero Expo 2012, so I did a bit more research on it and found a bunch of videos that show it in action better than my photo (which you can see in this post) does (which you should be seeing in the next edition of FLYER magazine).
This video illustrates what a nimble and slippery creature this Virus obviosuly is..
This one, from the excellent Aero News Network in the US of A, gives a quality detailed intro to the aircraft..
This one was made by someone so inspired by this beautiful little plane, they decided to set it to the words of Psalm 139! Biblical!
Here’s a nice 40-seconds-inside-the-cockpit-whats-that-he-says-at-the-end-grass-strip-landing…
This one from Canada shows a tail-dragger version of the aircraft and illustrates the speed and lift producing abilities of the Virus very well (it needs hardly any runway at all) plus has some stunning Canadian aerial photography to enjoy in it…
This quite amusing video gives more of an insight into some of the awards this aircraft has won
I stumbled on this Alaskan Bush Flying STOL (short take-off and landing) competition video whilst thinking about how short landing techniques would improve my ability to survive a forced landing after engine failure. The modified biplane Super Cub is particularly cool…
What an aircraft.
Tiny. Delta wing. Wide cockpit. Loads of luggage space. 50hp engine. 220kph! Cheap as chips to run.
Brilliant design usually means a brilliant person somewhere, so after a bit of digging I found this description of Vehees Engineering on their website:
“Verhees Engineering is an engineering agency with remarkable specialisations such as aerodynamics. The agency was founded in 1990 by Bart Verhees (’63). As a mechanical engineer he had acquired rich and wide experience at many companies. Besides craftsmanship and reliability, creativity and pragmatism are also the main characteristics of Verhees Engineering. These are characteristics that have evolved over the years by developing and building many structures.
Verhees Engineering is used to working with limited budgets (and in homebuild aviation the budgets are always limited), but a technically responsible solution has to be found for every problem, that must also have the approval of the authorities.”
There’s a great description of this aircraft by commercial pilot Peter Kuypers here.