Piuma Tourer

This motor glider is the fast version of the Piuma Evolution with which it has practically everything in common, except the wing; the wing have different sizes and new airfoils; other minor changes are specified in the drawings.

Compared to the basic 250 kg (550 lb) version described here, some variations are foreseen in the Construction Book to bring the maximum weight in flight order to 275 kg (605 lb) and 300 kg (660 lb) as for the Piuma Evolution.

In these versions the wingspan and the wingspan is slightly higher than the basic version, for which the variations compared to the Piuma Evolution are:
  • Wing airfoil: NACA 4415 (for the rectangular wing area); NACA 2R1-12 (for the tapered area - warping 3°)
  • Wing area: decreased from 114.1 sq. ft to 99 sq .ft (wing loading = 5.5 lb/sq. ft)
  • Wing span: decreased from 38.7 ft to 34.1 ft; the aspect ratio is 11.7
  • Tailplane balancing
  • Change the strut attachment point to the wing
  • Increase the spar thickness
  • Increase the max take-off weight to 550 lbs
  • Increase thickness of the hood by 1.5mm or stiffen by bending

The performances numbers are:
Max level speed (35 HP engine)
Normal cruising speed
Never exceed speed
Stalling speed
Max climb rate at sea level
Min sink rate (at 42 Mph)
Best glide ratio (47 Mph)
93 Mph
84 Mph (glide ratio 10)
100 Mph
39 Mph
1000 ft/min
235 ft/min

Construction plans

The Construction Plans consist of the same 14 drawings of the Piuma Evolution with the addition of an additional 120 x 60 cm (47” x 24”) drawing which reproduces:
  • 1 to 1 scale profiles of all 9 new ribs
  • the new wing in plan with the detailed dimensions
  • the new wing spar
  • the system for balancing the tail plane

Also included is the Construction Book, which is the same as the Piuma Evolution; please refer to the Piuma Evolution page for details.

The Project Book is also attached to the Plans, which is an integration of that of the Piuma Evolution limited to the elements that differ, practically the new wing; this too was updated in autumn 2020 and consists of 36 pages.

It contains the structural calculations for a weight in flight order of 250 kg (550 lb), the calculations of Lift, Drag, Moment and L/D and the calculation of the flight characteristics and the various speeds (VNE, VA, Vso, etc). All the changes to be made to reach a maximum weight of 275 kg ì(605 lb) and, for particularly tall and heavy pilots, further modifications to reach up to 300 kg (660 lb) were also included.

The Piuma Evolution Project Book in English language is also attached; with these plans it is possible to build both the Piuma Evolution and the Tourer.

Also included is a DVD with 3800 photos of the construction phases of the various Piuma, many photos of the completed and flying Piuma and some videos in flight.

In the DVD there are also the CAD drawings for laser or water cutting of all the flat metal parts to be made, as well as a note in Excel of all the metal parts to be cut, turned or milled with reference to the drawing where the part is located.

Other useful information for the builders

The cost of materials, excluding engine and instruments, is around 4000 $ (at 2020 prices); the cost of the engine and of the instruments is quite variable, depending on the choice of the type of new or used engine and on the more or less essential instrumentation; from the photos you can have a broad overview of the possibilities offered.

The construction time is estimated at about 900 hours, having the metal parts made by a workshop.

The 6005-T16 aluminum alloy tail boom dimensions are: diameter 127 mm - thickness 1.5 mm - length 5.2 m.