Enhanced Arcus presented at AERO 2019
At April 20, 2019 Schempp-Hirth presented the new Arcus that has been enhanced by many details.
We are currently preparing an update to this page reflecting these enhancements and kindly ask you to be patient.
For now, please download the press announcement released at AERO 2019 as a PDF.
Performance benchmarks in the Two-Seater Class have been re-defined by the Arcus.
Whether clubs aim for achieving OLC top positions or private pilot teams plan record flights, competition results or interesting safari flights – the Arcus provides the ideal means to put these ideas into practice. A joint flight experience results in twice the joy and shared success. Two pilots can often achieve more than one on their own.
With 20 meter wing span, flaps, unmatched agility, superb handling, excellent high-speed performance and effortless climbing (even at high wing loads), the Arcus has achieved numerous worldwide records and championship titles.
The Arcus will stretch your horizon and re-define your gliding experience.
Decades of experience, access to an extensive scientific network, the latest engineering tools and the precise evaluation of feedback provided by our customers and pilots enabled our engaged design team to match aerodynamics and wing geometry as never before. The result is a glider that provides a legendary flight experience through its intuitive and direct delivery of thermal response - at performance levels that every pilot dreams of.
The ergonomically coherent cockpit helps you to relax and unleash your own performance. An Arcus will always inspire you with its agility and enjoyable handling and ability for short and steep landings supported by highly efficient air brakes.
|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.)||450 kg||992 lb|
|Max. all-up mass||750 kg||1654 lb|
|Wing loading (approx.)||33.3 - 48.1 kg/m²||6.8 - 9.9 lb/ft²|
|Max. permitted speed||280 km/h||151 kts (174 mph)|
Standard Equipment and Options
In case of top-heaviness, the tail tank can be filled with water to improve the flight quality.
For single seaters, only compatible with 18m wing span. 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.