The 18m Electric Racer.

The Ventus-2cxa is snappy and agile racing machine thas has been rigorously adapted to the demands and requirements of ambitious competition pilots. With the proven electrical FES (Front Electric Sustainer) system built by LZ Design, it now also has an option for an innovative, environment-friendly sustainer system that is very different from all former systems.

The reliable and lighting-fast starting and stopping of the engine with any noticeable additional drag allows to spontaneously use the electrical engine, which opens completely new perspectives. The powered flight is perceived in a very new way and can be enjoyed by puristic glider pilots.

Simple and easy - and thus safe.

Operation is extremely simple: Just toggle a switch and adjust the engine power with a rotary switch. This is all it take to gain height at almost no vibration and minimal engine noise. Operating mistakes are practically impossible and the pilot's attention remains available for other flight decisions.

In typical use, the pilot will switch to horizontal cruise mode for maximum endurance after a short climb that can be increased to a climb rate of 2 m/s when needed.

Switching off the engine, the propeller will automatically stop in the defined end position and the blades will fold onto the fuselage. The powered aeroplane has become a glider within seconds.

 

 

Clever Design.

The foldable propeller is located at the tip of the fuselage. The blades fold tightly onto the fuselage when not in use. Two 16 kg batteries are safely stowed in a compartment behind the wings in the fuselage, can be reached from above and easily taken out for charging.

Deliberately abandoning extraction and retraction of the engine saves complex components - and valuable time when engine help is needed.

The FES system allows climb rates of more than 2 m/s. Using it for horizontal cruise, the batteries support up to 45 minutes of engine time (at around 100 km/h), enough to escape weak thermal conditions or to fly home safely.

 

 

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 6.63 m 21.76 ft
Empty mass (approx.) *** kg **** lb
Max. all-up mass *** kg **** lb
Wing loading (approx.) **.* - **.* kg/m² *.* - **.* lb/ft²
Max. permitted speed 285 km/h 154 kts (177 mph)
metric imperial
Wing span 18 m 59.06 ft
Wing area 11.03 m² 118.73 ft²
Aspect ratio 29.5 29.5
Fuselage length 6.63 m 21.76 ft
Empty mass (approx.) *** kg **** lb
Max. all-up mass *** kg **** lb
Wing loading (approx.) **.* - **.* kg/m² *.* - **.* lb/ft²
Max. permitted speed 285 km/h 154 kts (177 mph)
metric imperial
Engine Type FES-M100 FES-M100
Max. Power 22 kW / 30 PS 30 hp
Max. Torque 75 Nm 75 Nm
Weight approx. 8 kg 17.6 lb
Propeller 2-blade-propeller 2-blade-propeller
Battery Type Li-Po-Battery Li-Po-Battery
Charging time 150 min+ (1.6 kW) 150 min+ (1.6 kW)

Further Ventus-2 models:


The Ventus-2ax and Ventus-2bx are 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), they have been designed as optimized FAI-15m-Class racing machines without compromises.


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.


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.