Appearing before 2007, this Ventus 2cM is one of the first jet gliders powered by Mini-turbojet (whose role was until that time dedicated to radio-controlled models of aircraft).
The installation including the two JetCat P160 Turbojet engines weighed only 50 kg, including fuel. In comparison, a 2-stroke engine with its retractor system weighs 80 kg.
With the power of the two P160 the Ventus has a take-off distance of :
- 250 m at an AUW of 400 Kg
- 370 m at an AUW 500 kg.
Climb rates are 900 and 700 fpm respectively and single engine climb is 300 and 200fpm.
50 litres (40Kg) of jet fuel will give a 2000 ft launch and a 250km retrieve.
These performances are surprising when it is known that on gliders equipped with more powerful turbojets, most are used only for lift and especially not for takeoff.