Your Declaration of Independence.
With 2 Seats.

Your Declaration of Independence. With 2 Seats.

Your Declaration of Independence.
With 2 Seats.

Foto: Holger Weitzel

Your Declaration of Independence.
With 2 Seats.

No Compromises.

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 70 hp 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. 

Great Handling.

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. 

Simple Operation.

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.  

Technical Data

metric imperial
Wing span 20 m 65.62 ft
Wing area 15.59 m² 167.81 ft²
Aspect ratio 25.7 25.7
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)
metric imperial
Engine type Solo 2625-02i Solo 2625-02i
Power 50 kW / 68 PS 67hp
Propeller 2-blade-propeller 2-blade-propeller
Tank capacity 17.5 liter 4.6 US Gal. / 3.8 IMP Gal.

Gallery

Standard Equipment and Options

Maughmer Winglets
Wings and fuselage build from Carbon Fibre Composite
Safety cockpit built from Carbon/Kevlar composite more…
Triple panel dive brakes more…
Shock-absorbing retractable main undercarriage with hydraulic disc brake more…
Nose release
Nose wheel (replaceable) | optional / upgradeable
Nose skid (replaceable)
Automatic control hook-ups
Battery holder for 2 batteries 12 V / 9 ah in front of the rear seat | upgradeable
Battery holder in the fin
Tail tank more…

In case of top-heaviness, the tail tank can be filled with water to improve the flight quality. 

Motor / starter battery 16 Ah Hawker PC 680 | upgradeable
Electrical connection for external battery with polar protection and 5 m cabling | optional / upgradeable more…
Central charging connector under the rear instrument panel more…
Canopy cover
Fule tank in fuselage with 15 liters capacity and integrated refueling system | upgradeable
Additional wing tank, approx. 12 liters capacity | optional / upgradeable
2 wingtip wheels instead of skids | optional / upgradeable more…

Only compatible with the 18m wing. Especially for self-launching sailplanes, the wing tip wheels ease the starting.

Additional C/G release hook | optional / upgradeable
Oxygen cylinder mount | optional / upgradeable more…
Air filled tail wheel (200x50) | optional / upgradeable
Steerable tail wheel | optional more…
Control gap seals, additional teflon sealing on ailerons and flaps | optional / upgradeable
Engine box to retrofit a self launch engine system | optional
Seat pan and cockpit floor visibly laminated in Carbon/Kevlar Composite more…
Cockpit sides in spotted paint
Tilt-up front seat instrument panel more…
Main undercarriage operable from either seat independently
Front seat adjustable seat back with integrated headrest more…
Adjustable back seat head rest more…
Adjustable rudder pedals in both seats
Schroth oder Gadringer safety harnesses with rotary buckles
Adjustable ventilation outlets on the side panel for each seat
Additional ventilation air scoop in the side windows more…
Seat cushions for front and back seat with shock absorbing foam more…
Cockpit sides upholstered and with pockets more…
Combination pouch for aircraft books and main pin more…
Blue tinted canopy | optional / upgradeable
Cockpit interior in Competition design | optional / upgradeable
Cockpit interior in leather | optional / upgradeable more…
Additional seat cushion for short pilots | optional / upgradeable
Logger mount for cockpit side wall | optional / upgradeable
Set of 3 trim weights | optional / upgradeable more…
Finish in T 35 (Vorgelat)
Finish with Polyurethane Arcyl paint | optional more…

Avoids cracking due to low temperatures as well as yellowing of the surface

Registration number painted
Competition letters as vinyl stickers | optional / upgradeable
Competition letters painted | optional / upgradeable
Competition letters painted, clear coated and sanded smooth | optional / upgradeable
Layout for shading or special script | optional / upgradeable more…

Attention: Fluorierend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may fade over time

Anti-collision markings RAL 3000 standard SHK design | optional / upgradeable
Double-layer anti-collision markings in fluorierend red RAL 3023 SHK standard design | optional / upgradeable
Layout for special designs with masking | optional / upgradeable more…

Attention: Flourecend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may bleach out over time.

Receptacle in the fin for TE, statid/TE or triple sensor | upgradeable more…

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Installation preparation for transponder antenna type Dolba in the fin
Additional rear seat electronic engine control unit with automatic extension and retraction | optional / upgradeable more…

Required if the pilot in command is to fly from the back seat

Front seat electronic engine control unit with automatic extension and retraction | upgradeable
Variometer/Cruise switch on both control sticks | optional / upgradeable
Protection cover for probe receptacle with warning flag | optional / upgradeable
Gear warning | optional / upgradeable
Pneumatic switch, required for motorized flight | optional / upgradeable more…
Variometer/Cruise switch on flaps | optional / upgradeable
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe, system DN (pitot + TE + static) | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe system MNIC/UN (pitot + TE + static) | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe Salzinger DN with statik sensor | optional / upgradeable more…
TE static probe system Brözel | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe Salzinger DN | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe ILEC, length 500mm | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe ILEC, length 900mm | optional / upgradeable more…
Tail dolly | optional / upgradeable more…
Tow bar, foldable | optional / upgradeable more…
Wing wheel system Sifi | optional / upgradeable
Tow bar with tail lifting arm, system Cobra | optional / upgradeable more…

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.