From the beginning, the Arcus has been designed as a self-launching two-seater without compromises. Flying it as a glider, the extra-weight of the powerful 70hp engine goes practically unnoticed by the pilot. The Arcus M impresses by its high performance and agile, harmonic gliding characteristics. The Arcus also impresses when using its engine, displaying a phenomenally short take-off distance and an impressive climb rate.
Three-layered Schempp-Hirth air brakes allow short and precise landing approaches. Taxiing is child’s play as the rudder-integrated tail wheel supports simple and precise steering.
Engine start-up is straightforward and easy thanks to the newly designed automatic. To engage the engine, the pilot only needs to switch on the ignition and press the start button once the engine has been fully extracted. The engine’s start setup is always optimized by a microprocessor to match the current environment.
Disengaging the engine is just as easy. After switching off the ignition on the Ilec engine control unit, the control unit automatically stops and fixes propeller in the correct upright position and the engine gets retracted.
|Wing span||20 m||65.62 ft|
|Wing area||15.59 m²||167.81 ft²|
|Fuselage length||8.73 m||28.64 ft|
|Empty mass (approx.)||550 kg||1212 lb|
|Max. all-up mass||800 kg||1764 lb|
|Wing loading (approx.)||38.5 - 51.3 kg/m²||7.9 - 10.5 lb/ft²|
|Max. permitted speed||280 km/h||151 kts (174 mph)|
|Engine type||Solo 2625-02 i||Solo 2625-02 i|
|Power||50 kW / 68 PS||67hp|
|Tank capacity||17.5 liter||4.6 US Gal. / 3.8 IMP Gal.|
Standard Equipment and Options
In case of top-heaviness, the tail tank can be filled with water to improve the flight quality.
Only compatible with the 18m wing. Especially for self-launching sailplanes, the wing tip wheels ease the starting.
Avoids cracking due to low temperatures as well as yellowing of the surface
Attention: Fluorierend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may fade over time
Attention: Flourecend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may bleach out over time.
Required if the pilot in command is to fly from the back seat
Further Arcus Models:
Performance benchmarks in the Two-Seater Class have been re-defined by the Arcus. Whether clubs are aiming to achieve OLC top positions or privat pilots plan record flights, competition results or interesting safari flights - the Arcus provides the ideal means to put these ideas into practice. The joint flight experience will double your pleasure and success.
To fly the probably best two-seater glider that has yet been designed doesn't mean that you have to forgo plannable and safe long distance flights. At minimal additional weight, the turbo engine option turns an Arcus into an Arcus T. Should you run out or lift, you can always rely on the turbo engine - as not every glider pilot needs the adventure of a nightly retrieval by trailer.
Thanks to the electric engine system proven in Lange Aviation's Antares series, the Arcus E flies silently, with little vibration and no exhaust fumes and with remarkable take-off performance. The almost legendary Arcus handling combined with the super-simple and reliable engine control makes the Arcus E probably the most advanced glider of its class.