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-The Ventus-2 range of sailplanes is one of the most successful model ranges to emerge over the last decade. We have now decided to take this well proven and high performance sailplane and develop the design to its logical next step. Our state-of-the-art know-how in aerodynamics together with the additional demands placed on the structure by modern competition flying (e.g. higher wing loading) - and much more - have been incorporated in the production of this new aircraft. The first place at the WGC 2003 in Leszno already confirmed our work with the first participation impressively.

Outer wing / Maughmer winglets

A completely new wing has been designed in close cooperation with Dr. Karl-Heinz Horstmann (new wing geometry and profile) and Prof. Mark Maughmer (new winglet). Following concurrent review of the designs and test results, an optimally tuned outer wing and winglet have been created.

Tail unit

Based on the positive experience gained with the tail units on the Ventus 2ax/bx models, the low drag profile from Prof. Loek Boermans was chosen. The advantageous double trapezoidal geometry of the elevator was further optimised by extending the tail's span to suit the new 18m wing.


Due to the increase of the higher max. wingload (max. take-off weight 600 kg) higher average speeds are possible.

Increased pilot safety in the cockpit area.

In connection with the increased maximum take-off weight the cockpit area was considerably reinforced and stiffened. The most up-to-date findings, including experience gained with the sailplane rescue system (increased safety by crashs and higher energy absorption), were incorporated into this new fuselage.


Wing span

18,0 m

15,0 m

Wing area

11,03 m²

9,67 m²

Empty weight approx.

310 kg

290 kg

Maximum possible cross weight

600 kg

525 kg




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Wing span

59.06 ft

49.21 ft

Wing area

118.73 ft²

104.09 ft²

Empty weight approx.

683 lb

639 lb

Maximum possible cross weight






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