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Old 29th Sep 2017, 21:16   #1 (permalink)
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Pipistrel Virus SW100 vs kids' inheritance?

This is my current pipe dream, although the 100k+ kit price is a slight obstacle. Also necessary to fulfil this dream is that it should be on a BMAA permit, because there's no way that I would countenance the running costs under an EASA permit.


Why the Virus? Well, it has significant performance advantages over almost anything else i.r.o. speed, range, payload, economy and maintenance costs.


Is the version on the BMAA permit limited to 472.5 kg with ballistic parachute, or would the permit allow operation up to a mauw of 600 kg?


What about its safety track record and any other advice you can offer?
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I'd advise your kids to make their own way in life.
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This is my current pipe dream, although the 100k+ kit price is a slight obstacle. Also necessary to fulfil this dream is that it should be on a BMAA permit, because there's no way that I would countenance the running costs under an EASA permit.

Can you have a pipistral virus on a EASA permit ?


Why the Virus? Well, it has significant performance advantages over almost anything else i.r.o. speed, range, payload, economy and maintenance costs.


Is the version on the BMAA permit limited to 472.5 kg with ballistic parachute, or would the permit allow operation up to a mauw of 600 kg?


What about its safety track record and any other advice you can offer?
Can you have a pipistral virus on a EASA permit ?
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 22:24   #4 (permalink)
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Virus SW 100 available as EASA PtF (600 kg MTOW)!
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Or alternatively....
Sonex -- The Sport Aircraft Reality Check!
Saw this at Oshkosh last year. Want one...
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Or alternatively....
Sonex -- The Sport Aircraft Reality Check!
Saw this at Oshkosh last year. Want one...


How good would it be operating from a 470 metre grass strip?
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Kids' inheritance? naa. Just get top insurance.

So if Daddy prangs his nice new toy, the insurance cover will pay for their education....

Win win. Kids should make their own way in the world; builds character....
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Pipistrel.
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https://www.facebook.com/AmericanSai...type=3&theater

If you can see a faceache post, this applies to aircraft, too.
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The Virus SW

If you die they can then share it and fly themselves, lol
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Depends how old you and your children are.....
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Depends how old you and your children are.....


Me - mid sixties and retired. Them - late thirties and both working.
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Well, if they are set up and making their way in life, then aircraft wins for me! It's not as if you are pouring 100k down the drain - it will still retain some value.

My parents are retired and spend a lot on cruises and holidays every year and I much prefer to see them active and enjoying themselves.
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Ask them!
If they are the people you would wish them to be they'll tell you to go for it. If they're "someone else" and object, go and do it anyway! What about 'er indoors though?
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There appears to be one on the UK register with a BMAA serial number and a 600kg MTOW
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There appears to be one on the UK register with a BMAA serial number and a 600kg MTOW

Thanks. That's a very useful piece of information, which led me to this:


https://afors.com/aircraftView/35142


But did rgsaero really have to mention 'er indoors'? That completely blew away the pipe dream!
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Me - mid sixties and retired. Them - late thirties and both working.
Helping them onto the housing ladder (if they're not on it already) would probably be appreciated now, but hopefully you've got another couple of decades before the dilemma arises for real - by which time you kind of hope they'll have made it for themselves....

On a less pleasant note, you could need the cash yourself for care home fees, should health and other circumstances dictate - another of the side effects of living longer.

All that said, selling the idea to the missus is probably the greatest challenge...
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They're both well up the housing ladder and I'm never going to need frail care, I've decided!


So I'm interested to learn from anyone with actual Pipistrel Virus SW100 experience, either ownership or close acquaintance with an owner. What are the "gotcha's" and/or drawbacks? Who thinks that they're not the best thing in their class since sliced bread and if so, why?
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Who thinks that they're not the best thing in their class since sliced bread and if so, why?
The specs are certainly impressive!

Empty weight: 284 kg (626 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 600 kg (1,323 lb)
Fuel capacity: 100l
Powerplant: 1 Rotax 912 ULS , 75 kW (100 hp)

Performance

Cruise speed: 274 km/h; 170 mph (148 kn) at 75% power
Range: 1,420 km (882 mi; 767 nmi)
Endurance: 5.3 hr
Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 8.4 m/s (1,650 ft/min)
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I'd be very disappointed if I thought my parents were going to maintain a healthy inheritance fund in lieu of pursuing their own life goals in retirement. They earned it, they should spend the lot IMHO. I'm sure your adult offspring will hope the same for you, so go buy the plane.
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