Look forward to a flight experience like you have never felt before. Effortlessly call on incredible performance. Honest, direct feedback provides you with a reassuring sense of reliability. Combine this with unrivalled agility and become one with the glider to uncover hidden potential.
From your first aero-tow you will notice the Ventus’ remarkable manoeuvrability. Roll times are very similar to those of a modern 15m class glider. Immediate and fast roll rates convey agility and control while thermalling.
The glider’s remarkable inherent stability, whilst in very steep turns, always provides a sense of reserve, allowing you to spontaneously pull even tighter into the thermal‘s core. This “grip” is remarkable – the feeling of light-footedness and precise manoeuvrability turns the centering of a thermal into a playful game of continuous climb rate improvement.
While the striking wing layout sets new levels of thermal exploitation, the ultrathin airfoil design also improves the cruise.
Combined, our ultimate design target has been achieved: Increased cross-country speed.
You will simply fly faster.
In particular when only weak thermal energy is available, the Ventus is in its element. With a modern wing layout and aerofoil, the new design conveys safety and trust particularly when flown with full water ballast.
On weak competition days, which often determine overall results, the glider’s climbing performance gives you another competitive edge: You can keep your water ballast and quickly return to high cruise speeds after periods of weak thermals.
Maximum Performance, two Editions. The Choice is Yours.
To cover the broad bandwidth of customer wishes, the new Ventus is offered in two editions. The Performance Edition is optimised for self-launch capability and provides upscale levels of comfort, while the Sport Edition has been reduced to the essentials with a sporty and elegant, ergonomic cockpit layout.
Its optional 15m wingtips have been completely designed from scratch and were given new winglets which have been optimised for the smaller wing span. Available for both editions, they turn the new Ventus into a highly agile, perfectly balanced racing class glider which will let you experience the 15m Class in a new way.
Depending on the edition, the following engine options are available:
|Turbo Sustainer||FES Sustainer||Self-launching|
|Sport Edition (18m)||✔︎||✔︎||✖︎|
|Sport Edition (15m)||✔︎||✔︎||✖︎|
|Performance Edition (18m)||✔︎||✖︎||✔︎|
|Performance Edition (15m)||✔︎||✖︎||✖︎|
Take a (nice) Seat.
The Sport Edition’s new fuselage has been re-created from nose to tail. A technically elegant look with beautiful carbon fibre visible, laser-engraved stainless steel, a new ventilation system with fully adjustable outlets and many other improvements characterize the fundamentally re-designed and ergonomically optimized cockpit.
With sporty comfort delivering maximum feedback, the cockpit still provides sufficient space for taller pilots, while implementation of the latest design regulations increases crash protection even further.
Always make it Home.
Sometimes, even the best flight performance isn’t enough. To avoid landing out, or simply to bridge areas of bad lift, the new Ventus’ Sport Edition can be equipped with the proven, simple and reliable Schempp-Hirth Turbo sustainer engine system.
Alternatively the Front Electric Sustainer (FES) system is an silent, environmentally friendly and ultra-modern electric option, that allows you to experience gliding in a completely new way.
|Wing span||15 m||49.21 ft||18 m||59.06 ft|
|Wing area||9.53 m²||102.58 ft²||10.84 m²||116.68 ft²|
|Fuselage Length||6.63 m||21.75 ft|
|Approx. empty weight (w/o engine) approx.||295 kg||650 lb||300 kg||661 lb|
|- with Turbo approx.||345 kg||760 lb||350 kg||771 lb|
|- with FES approx.||345 kg||760 lb||350 kg||771 lb|
|Max. All-up Mass||525 kg||1157 lb||600 kg||1323 lb|
|Wing loading approx.||38 - 55 kg/m²||7.83 - 11.45 lb/ft²||34 - 55 kg/m²||6.99 - 11.34 lb/ft²|
|- with Turbo approx.||43 - 55 kg/m²||8.91 - 11.45 lb/ft²||38 - 55 kg/m²||7.93 - 11.34 lb/ft²|
|- with FES approx.||43 - 55 kg/m²||8.91 - 11.45 lb/ft²||38 - 55 kg/m²||7.93 - 11.34 lb/ft²|
|Max. permitted Speed||280 km/h||151 kts||174 mph|
Enhanced Comfort and Safety.
The fuselage of the Performance Edition has been completely re-designed and, while implementing the latest CS-22 standards, features a completely new cockpit, combining maximum safety & comfort with a technically-elegant and sophisticated interior.
The front-opening canopy provides more comfort getting in and out of the cockpit and the new fuselage, which shows impressive workmanship, now features bug wiper garages as well as a rudder-integrated steerable tail wheel and underwing wheels, providing independent maneuverability on the ground, similar to the systems known and loved by all of our Arcus-M and Quintus-M pilots.
Independent Performance lets you take off when you want to.
A new Solo engine with electronically controlled injection system and a reduced reduction ratio for a nicer engine noise provides the new Ventus with more than 60 hp, delivering powerful climb performance even on high-terrain, short take-off sites or at high outdoor temperatures. Also brand-new is the ILEC engine control unit with OLED colour display that makes operating the system child’s play and provides comprehensible messages in case of problems.
The combination of independence by self-launch-capability with the new Ventus’ proven superiority and its inspiring flight characteristics creates the freedom to achieve top performance flights anywhere in the World.
|Wing span||15 m||49.21 ft||18 m||59.06 ft|
|Wing area||9.53 m²||102.58 ft²||10.84 m²||116.58 ft²|
|Fuselage Length||6.76 m||22.18 ft|
|Approx. empty weight (w/o engine) approx.||305 kg||672 lb||310 kg||683 lb|
|- with Turbo approx.||355 kg||782 lb||360 kg||793 lb|
|- self-launching approx.||400 kg||881 lb|
|Max. All-up Mass||525 kg||1,175 lb||600 kg||1322 lb|
|Wing loading approx.||39 - 55 kg/m²||8.05 - 11.45 lb/ft²||35 - 55 kg/m²||7.18 - 11.34 lb/ft²|
|- with Turbo approx.||44 - 55 kg/m²||9.12 - 11.45 lb/ft²||38 - 55 kg/m²||8.13 - 11.34 lb/ft²|
|- self-launching approx.||43 - 55 kg/m²||8.96 - 11.34 lb/ft²|
|Max. permitted Speed||285 km/h||153 kts||177 mph|
Questions and answers
Each Ventus´ Sport Edition is equipped with a engine compartment for a later installation of the turbo system. So an upgrade to the turbo system is always possible.
To make the upgrade easier and therefor cheaper, wie recommend, to choose the option "prepared turbo installation". This option includes the fitted flaps for the engine compartment.
A upgrade with a FES-System is principal possible, but due technical reasons associated with much more work than a configuration with a FES-Engine from the beginning.
The wing design of the new Ventus was optimized from the beginning for 15 meter and 18 meter. As of May 2018, a 15m kit is available for new gliders and as a retro-fit option for any new Ventus.