|Number built||300 (2011)|
|Unit cost||€ 57,900 base price|
The development of the Sinus began in 1994 in close collaboration with the Slovenian firm Alabastar Ltd. A year later, the Sinus was unveiled at AERO 95 show in Friedrichshafen, with first flight of the prototype taking place in 1996.
In 2001, Philippe Zen and Thomas Knowles flew a Sinus at the World Air Games in Spain and won first place in the two-seat category.
The Sinus is a two-seat, ultra-light, high-wing, cantilever monoplane. It is primarily built from composite materials and is capable of soaring. The variable-pitch propeller (Pipistrel VARIO) can be feathered in order to diminish the air resistance in non-powered flight.
The Pipistrel Sinus comes with either nose-wheel or taildragger landing gear. Engine models available are the Rotax 503, 582 and 912.
Specifications (Sinus 912)
- Crew: two
- Length: 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in)
- Wingspan: 14.97 m (49 ft 1 in)
- Height: 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
- Empty weight: 284 kg (626 lb)
- Loaded weight: 472.5 kg (1,042 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 544 kg (1,200 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rotax Rotax 912UL 4-cylinder, 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine, 80 hp (60 kW)
- * Fuel capacity: 2×30 L (2×8 U.S. gal)
- Baggage capacity:
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