The 18m Racer.

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 15 m outer wings, flying in the FAI 15m class does not require any compromises. 

More Space and Better Visibility.

The completely revamped fuselage has longer overall fuselage length and a newly designed, larger tail optimized for the 18 m wingspan. 

The cockpit has a slightly longer design and can now accommodate pilots up to 1.9 m height. The new, drag reduced fuselage is also 2 cm wider, offering more leg-room and generally providing more room where needed. Even tall pilots will find ample space in this fuselage!                   

The canopy rim is cut back, allow better all-round vision for more safety. To further enhance comfort and safety, the fuselage now has a suspended, 5 inch aluminum wheel with a superior working disc brake.                 




In cooperation with Dr. Karl-Heinz Horstmann (wing geometry, airfoil) and Prof. Mark Maugher, PhD (new winglets), the outer wing has been completely redeveloped. Following concurrent reviews of the design and test results, an optimally tuned outer wing and winglet could been created.

The proven tail units from the Ventus-2ax/bx models with the low drag airfoil from Prof. Loek Boermans and the advantageous double trapezoidal geometry of the elevator were further optimised by extending the tail's span to suit the new 18 m wing.


  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.) 290 kg 739 lb
Max. all-up mass 525 kg 1157 lb
Wing loading (approx.) 37.7 - 54.3 kg/m² 7.7 - 11.1 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.) 310 kg 783 lb
Max. all-up mass 600 kg 1323 lb
Wing loading (approx.) 34.9 - 54.4 kg/m² 7.1 - 11.1 lb/ft²
Max. permitted speed 285 km/h 154 kts (177 mph)

Standard Equipment and Options

Maughmer Winglets
Additional 15 m wingtips Maughmer winglets | upgradeable more…

With little effort, these out wings convert the 18m sailplane into a 15m racing machine.

Wings and fuselage build from Carbon Fibre Composite
Safety cockpit built from Carbon/Kevlar composite more…
Triple panel dive brakes
Behringer wheel with hyraulic disc brake | optional / upgradeable more…

Hydraulic disc brakes allow a better adjustment and a higher brake power, even on difficult landing grounds.

Tost-Penta wheel with hyraulic disc brake | optional / upgradeable more…

Installing the Tost Penta wheel allows a mass reduction of about 40% compared to the Classic version and thanks to the asymmetric splitting of the wheel, the tire mounting is very easy. The hydraulic brake calliper guarantees best brake power. 
The modification is classified as Limited Pilot Owner Maintenance according to M.A.803 and can be executed by the pilot/ owner.

Shock-absorbing retractable main undercarriage with drum bakes
Nose release
Automatic control hook-ups
Additional mounts for 2 batteries next to the undercarriage | optional / upgradeable more…
Batterien nicht enthalten / Batteries not included
Battery holder in the fin | optional
Tail tank | optional more…

In case of top-heaviness, the tail tank can be filled with water to improve the flight quality. 

Canopy cover
2 wingtip wheels instead of skids | optional / upgradeable more…

For single seaters, only compatible with 18m wing span. Especially for self-launching sailplanes, the wing tip wheels ease the starting.

Additional C/G release hook | optional / upgradeable
Oxygen cylinder mount | optional / upgradeable more…
Air filled tail wheel (200x50) | optional / upgradeable
Control gap seals, additional teflon sealing on ailerons and flaps | optional / upgradeable
Seat pan and cockpit floor visibly laminated in Carbon/Kevlar Composite more…
Cockpit sides in spotted paint
Tilt-up instrument panel | optional / upgradeable more…
Adjustable head rest
Adjustable rudder pedals
Schroth oder Gadringer safety harnesses with rotary buckles
Additional ventilation air scoop in the side windows more…
Seat cushion with shock absorbing foam | upgradeable more…
Cockpit sides upholstered and with pockets
Combination pouch for aircraft books and main pin more…
Blue tinted canopy | optional / upgradeable
Cockpit interior in leather | optional / upgradeable
Logger mount for cockpit side wall | optional / upgradeable
Set of 3 trim weights | optional / upgradeable
Finish in T 35 (Vorgelat)
Finish with Polyurethane Arcyl paint | optional more…

Avoids cracking due to low temperatures as well as yellowing of the surface

Registration number painted
Competition letters as vinyl stickers | optional / upgradeable
Competition letters painted | optional / upgradeable
Competition letters painted, clear coated and sanded smooth | optional / upgradeable
Layout for shading or special script | optional / upgradeable more…

Attention: Fluorierend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may fade over time

Anti-collision markings SHK design | optional / upgradeable
Double-layer anti-collision markings in fluorierend red RAL 3023 SHK standard design | optional / upgradeable
Layout for special designs with masking | optional / upgradeable more…

Attention: Flourecend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may bleach out over time.

Flarm antenna Dolba BD12 | optional / upgradeable
Receptacle in the fin for TE, statid/TE or triple sensor | upgradeable more…


Installation preparation for transponder antenna type Dolba in the fin
Variometer/Cruise switch on control stick | optional / upgradeable
Protection cover for probe receptacle with warning flag | optional / upgradeable
Gear warning | optional / upgradeable
Variometer/Cruise switch on flaps | optional / upgradeable
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Pitot probe extension | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe, system DN (pitot + TE + static) | optional / upgradeable more…
Salzinger Multi-sensor probe system MNIC/UN (pitot + TE + static) | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe Salzinger DN with statik sensor | optional / upgradeable more…
TE static probe system Brözel | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe Salzinger DN | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe ILEC, length 500mm | optional / upgradeable more…
TE probe ILEC, length 900mm | optional / upgradeable more…
Tail dolly | optional / upgradeable more…
Tow bar, foldable | optional / upgradeable more…
Wing wheel system Sifi | optional / upgradeable
Tow bar with tail lifting arm, system Cobra | optional / upgradeable more…

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.

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.

Besides the jet-based sustainer engine, the Ventus-2cxa can now also be ordered with the innovative, silent and environment-friendly Front Electric Sustainer system. This system has the electric engine and the foldable propeller installed in the nose of the fuselage, while the two 16kg batteries are safely stored in a compartment in the fuselage behind the wings.

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.