Photo: Davide Scaltrini

15m Class Racing Machine.

The very successful Ventus-2, which has won uncountable World and European Championships and has still been developed by Klaus Holighaus, laid the foundation for the improved versions Ventus-2ax and Ventus-2bx.

These very light gliders with their modern carbon-fibre wings, their multi-stage swep-back leading edge and (removable) winglets and the further refined wing airfoil (13.1 % chord) have been designed as optimized FAI-15m-Class racing machines without compromises.

The redesigned horizontal tailplane with its new geometry with lower drag and an improved tail-section airfoil (designed by Loek M. Boermann) ensures performance gains and will catch less bugs due to the smaller tailplane nose radius. With the winglets, newly developed by Dr. Maughmer, Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, it was also possible to improve the flight characteristics even further, especially at low speeds and high wing loading.

 

More Comfort for Better Pilot Performance.

The Ventus-2ax with its smaller fuselage is suitable for pilots up to 1.80 m (5.91 ft). The cockpit of the Ventus-2bx has a redesigned outside form and has been internally redesigned. This fuselage can be optionally equipped with a disc brake for the 5 inch wheel. With upgraded controls and ventilation system, now with an additional side ventilation vent, the enhanced cockpit provides more comfort and plenty of room for pilots of up to 2.05 m (6.73 ft).

Handy and Safe.

Both fuselage variants offer improved accident protection for the pilot, strengthening the cockpit structure to an exceptionally high safety standard using Carbon/Kevlar hybrid fabric. The Ventus-2bx fuselage can optionally be fitted with a total sailplane rescue system if required.

Due to its light weight of only 55 kg (121 lb), rigging the wing is an easy task for two people. Flaperons, double panel airbrakes and water ballast actuation (maximum tank capacity approximately 200 liters) are automatically connected, as is the elevator. The side-hinged canopy has a single-lever locking mechanism which, together with rated breakpoint hinges, ensures safe emergency jettison. 

Technical Data

metric imperial
Wing span 15 m 49.21 ft
Wing area 9.67 m² 104.09 ft²
Aspect ratio 23.3 23.3
Fuselage length 6.41 m 21.03 ft
Empty mass (approx.) 238 kg 525 lb
Max. all-up mass 525 kg 1157 lb
Wing loading (approx.) 32.4 - 54.0 kg/m² 6.6 - 11.1 lb/ft²
Max. permitted speed 270 km/h 146 kts (168 mph)
metric imperial
Wing span 15 m 49.21 ft
Wing area 9.67 m² 104.09 ft²
Aspect ratio 23.3 23.3
Fuselage length 6.81 m 22.34 ft
Empty mass (approx.) 255 kg 561 lb
Max. all-up mass 525 kg 1157 lb
Wing loading (approx.) 34.1 - 54.0 kg/m² 7.0 - 11.1 lb/ft²
Max. permitted speed 270 km/h 146 kts (168 mph)

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Standard Equipment and Options - Ventus-2ax

Maughmer Winglets
Wings and fuselage build from Carbon Fibre Composite
Safety cockpit built from Carbon/Kevlar composite more…
Triple panel dive brakes
Behringer wheel with hyraulic disc brake | optional / upgradeable more…

Hydraulic disc brakes allow a better adjustment and a higher brake power, even on difficult landing grounds.

Tost-Penta wheel with hyraulic disc brake | optional / upgradeable more…

Installing the Tost Penta wheel allows a mass reduction of about 40% compared to the Classic version and thanks to the asymmetric splitting of the wheel, the tire mounting is very easy. The hydraulic brake calliper guarantees best brake power. 
The modification is classified as Limited Pilot Owner Maintenance according to M.A.803 and can be executed by the pilot/ owner.

Shock-absorbing retractable main undercarriage with drum bakes
Nose release
Automatic control hook-ups
Additional mounts for 2 batteries next to the undercarriage | optional / upgradeable more…
Battery holder in the fin | optional
Tail tank | optional more…

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

Canopy cover
Additional C/G release hook | optional / upgradeable
Oxygen cylinder mount | optional / upgradeable more…
Air filled tail wheel (200x50) | optional / upgradeable
Control gap seals, additional teflon sealing on ailerons and flaps | optional / upgradeable
Cockpit sides in spotted paint
Tilt-up instrument panel | optional / upgradeable more…
Adjustable head rest
Adjustable rudder pedals
Schroth oder Gadringer safety harnesses with rotary buckles
Additional ventilation air scoop in the side windows more…
Seat cushion with shock absorbing foam | upgradeable more…
Cockpit sides upholstered and with pockets
Combination pouch for aircraft books and main pin more…
Blue tinted canopy | optional / upgradeable
Cockpit interior in leather | optional / upgradeable
Logger mount for cockpit side wall | optional / upgradeable
Set of 3 trim weights | optional / upgradeable
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 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
Variometer/Cruise switch on control stick | optional / upgradeable
Protection cover for probe receptacle with warning flag | optional / upgradeable
Gear warning | optional / upgradeable
Variometer/Cruise switch on flaps | optional / upgradeable
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe system MNIC/UN (pitot + TE + static) | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe, system DN (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…

Standard Equipment and Options - Ventus-2bx

Maughmer Winglets
Wings and fuselage build from Carbon Fibre Composite
Safety cockpit built from Carbon/Kevlar composite more…
Triple panel dive brakes
Tost-Penta wheel with hyraulic disc brake | optional / upgradeable more…

Installing the Tost Penta wheel allows a mass reduction of about 40% compared to the Classic version and thanks to the asymmetric splitting of the wheel, the tire mounting is very easy. The hydraulic brake calliper guarantees best brake power. 
The modification is classified as Limited Pilot Owner Maintenance according to M.A.803 and can be executed by the pilot/ owner.

Behringer wheel with hyraulic disc brake | optional / upgradeable more…

Hydraulic disc brakes allow a better adjustment and a higher brake power, even on difficult landing grounds.

Shock-absorbing retractable main undercarriage with drum bakes
Nose release
Automatic control hook-ups
Additional mounts for 2 batteries next to the undercarriage | optional / upgradeable more…
Battery holder in the fin | optional
Tail tank | optional more…

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

Canopy cover
Additional C/G release hook | optional / upgradeable
Oxygen cylinder mount | optional / upgradeable more…
Air filled tail wheel (200x50) | optional / upgradeable
Control gap seals, additional teflon sealing on ailerons and flaps | optional / upgradeable
Emergency exit assist system NOAH | optional / upgradeable more…

Please click here for details.

Total rescue system GRS | optional more…

Please click here for details.

Cockpit sides in spotted paint
Tilt-up instrument panel | optional / upgradeable more…
Adjustable seat back with integrated headrest more…
Adjustable rudder pedals
Schroth oder Gadringer safety harnesses with rotary buckles
Additional ventilation air scoop in the side windows more…
Seat cushion with shock absorbing foam | upgradeable more…
Cockpit sides upholstered and with pockets
Combination pouch for aircraft books and main pin more…
Blue tinted canopy | optional / upgradeable
Cockpit interior in leather | optional / upgradeable
Logger mount for cockpit side wall | optional / upgradeable
Set of 3 trim weights | optional / upgradeable
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 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…

R

Installation preparation for transponder antenna type Dolba in the fin
Variometer/Cruise switch on control stick | optional / upgradeable
Protection cover for probe receptacle with warning flag | optional / upgradeable
Gear warning | optional / upgradeable
Variometer/Cruise switch on flaps | optional / upgradeable
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe system MNIC/UN (pitot + TE + static) | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe, system DN (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 Ventus-2 Models:


This snappy and agile racing machine has been rigorously adapted to the demands and requirements of ambitious competition pilots. Thanks to the optionally available short 15m outer wings, flying in the FAI 15m class does not require any compromises. 

The Ventus 2cxa is not only for competition pilots, but for any pilot who loves consequently optimized technology and maximized technical potential.


Avoid landing out - but consequently small and light: The power of a small, retractable jet engine provides also the Ventus-2cxa with an efficient sustainer engine system.


Besides the jet-based sustainer engine, the Ventus-2cxa can now also be ordered with the innovative, silent and environment-friendly Front Electric Sustainer system. This system has the electric engine and the foldable propeller installed in the nose of the fuselage, while the two 16kg batteries are safely stored in a compartment in the fuselage behind the wings.


Combining top performance with most pleasant flight characteristics, the Ventus-2cx provides the base for unforgettable gliding experiences. To fly it is simple and safe, it climbs above average even at high wing loads and can is easy to handle both in the air and on the ground. Not without reason, the Ventus-2cx can always be found in top OLC positions and is top of its class when flying in high mountains.


Handling and agility of the Ventus-2cxT have set standards; top positions at championships and the OLC prove its performance. The turbo sustainer system, proven for decades, adds the assurance that the risk of landing out and the burden of long retrieval tours are a story of the past.

The combination of the versatility of using a Ventus-2cxT and the easy usage of its engine make it the ideal piece of sports equipment for competitions or ambitious cross-country flights, the perfect companion for soaring safaris - or simply the robust favorite glider of any gliding club.


If you are a sporty pilot and you are looking for a self-launching glider that is handy and agile, has a sophisticated and proven engine system that you can hardly notice when gliding, there are few alternatives to the Ventus-2cxM in its class. The automated engine control ensure safe handling and foolproof operation, but does not take control and influence out of the pilots hands.