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. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the Sport Edition or Performance Edition or whether you fly with 18 Meters or prefer the speedy 15 Meter wing tips.

Perform effortlessly.

From your first aero-tow you will notice the Ventus’ remarkable manoeuvrability. Immediate and fast roll rates convey agility and control while thermalling.

Whilst in very steep turns, the glider’s remar­ kable inherent stability is always providing a sense of reserve, allowing you to sponta­ neously 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.

Low-Energy Glider.

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) ✔︎ ✖︎ ✖︎

Enhanced Comfort and Safety.

The front-opening canopy of the re- designed Performance Edition fuselage provides enhanced comfort getting in and out of the sophisticated cockpit and offers a great deal of space.

Featuring aerodynamic improvements like integrated bug wiper garages, it still remains one of the slimmest fuselages on the market capable of housing a powerful self­launching engine. The interior showcases the impressive work manship of its visual carbon surfaces.

Also implementing the latest CS-22 design regulations, it combines maximum safety & comfort with sophisticated interior and looks.


Independent Performance lets you take off when you want to.

Right from the start, the New Ventus Performance Edition has been designed to provide ultimate independence by being able to self-launch.

A new Solo engine with electronically controlled injection system and a reduced reduction ratio for a nicer engine noise pro- vides 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. With the introduction of an automatic redundancy system "Neo", the Ventus receives more safety without the pilot having to actively intervene.

A rudder­integrated steerable tail wheel and underwing wheels provide independent maneuverability on the ground, similar to the system known and loved by all of our Arcus M pilots.

A propeller stopper and the brand-new ILEC engine control unit with TFT colour display and propeller stopper make operating the system child’s play. In case of problems, clear messages provide comprehensive assistance.

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.

Technical Data

for Ventus-3 Performance Turbo & M

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
Aspect Fatio 23.6   29.9  
Fuselage Length 6.76 m 22.18 ft    
Approx. empty weight (w/o engine) approx. 300 kg 661 lb 310 kg 683 lb
- with Turbo approx. 350 kg 772 lb 360 kg 793 lb
- self-launching approx.   400 kg 881 lb
Max. All-up Mass 525 kg 1175 lb 600 kg 1322 lb
Wing loading approx. 39 - 55 kg/m² 8.0 - 11.3 lb/ft² 35 - 55 kg/m² 7.1 - 11.3 lb/ft²
- with Turbo approx. 44 - 55 kg/m² 9.0 - 11.3 lb/ft² 38 - 55 kg/m² 8.1 - 11.3 lb/ft²
- self-launching approx.   43 - 55 kg/m² 8.8 - 11.3 lb/ft²
Max. permitted Speed 285 km/h 153 kts 177 mph  

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.

Technical Data

for Ventus-3 Sport Pure, Turbo & FES

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
Aspect Fatio 23.6 29.9  
Fuselage Length 6.63 m 21.75 ft    
Approx. empty weight (w/o engine) approx. 290 kg 639 lb 300 kg 661 lb
- with Turbo approx. 340 kg 750 lb 350 kg 771 lb
- with FES approx. 350 kg 771 lb 360 kg 794 lb
Max. All-up Mass 525 kg 1157 lb 600 kg 1323 lb
Wing loading approx. 37 - 55 kg/m² 7.6 - 11.3 lb/ft² 34 - 55 kg/m² 7.0 - 11.3 lb/ft²
- with Turbo approx. 43 - 55 kg/m² 8.8 - 11.3 lb/ft² 38 - 55 kg/m² 7.9 - 11.3 lb/ft²
- with FES approx. 44 - 55 kg/m² 9.0 - 11.3 lb/ft² 39 - 55 kg/m² 8.1 - 11.3 lb/ft²
Max. permitted Speed 280 km/h 151 kts 174 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.

With the introduction of an automatic redundancy system, the Ventus-3M gets more safety without the pilot having to actively intervene. The system, known as "Neo“, developed by engine manufacturer Solo on the basis of the 60 hp two-cylinder 2626 01i unit, now has two injectors in each cylinder in addition to the already dual ignition system. Throttle valve and speed sensors, fuel pumps and the entire wiring are also duplicated. All redundant components are designed so that one of them is sufficient for operation. The control system switches back and forth between the two components unnoticed every few seconds. If one redundant component fails, the system continues to run unchanged. The pilot is informed by an alarm on the display and must acknowledge it. The incident with associated parameters is stored in the memory of the control system and allows an evaluation of the causes of the failure after the flight. Retrofitting of previous models is not possible at present.