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Rolladen-Schneider LS9

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Rolladen-Schneider LS9
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Type designation LS9
Competition class 18 metre
Number built 10
Crew 1
Length 6.84 m
Height 1.43 m
Cockpit width 0.64 m
Cockpit height 0.83 m
Wingspan 18 m
Wing area 11.40 m²
Aspect ratio 28.42
Wing profile FX 81-K-130
FX 81-K-148
Empty mass ca. 350 kg fully equipped
Maximum mass 525 kg
Wing loading ca. 37 - 46 kg/m²
Maximum speed 270 km/h
Maneuver speed 190 km/h
Minimum sink ca. 0.58 m/s at 480 kg
Glide ratio > 47
Roll rate ca. 4.5 s at 95 km/h
(-45º to +45º)
Engine type Solo 2625
2 cylinder 2 stroke
Engine power ca. 55 hp
Fuel tank 23 litres
Take-off run ca. 200 m (450 kg, ISA)
350 m (525 kg, 1500 m, 30º OAT)
Distance to clear
15 m obstacle
ca. 300 (450 kg, ISA)
510 m (525 kg, 1500 m, 30º OAT)
Climb rate 3.5 - 4.0 m/s (sea level)
2.0 - 2.3 m/s (at 3000 m)
Best climb speed 90 km/h at 470 kg
Range in 'saw-tooth' operation ca. 550 km

The Rolladen-Schneider LS9 is an 18 metre single-seat motorglider launched in 2000 by Rolladen-Schneider. Production ended after just 10 gliders were built, when Rolladen-Schneider went into receivership.


The LS9 was the sole self-launching glider developed at Rolladen-Schneider. The prototype first flew in 1995, powered by a Rotax 535 two-stroke engine. Production of this engine was discontinued by Rotax, putting the LS9 project on hold pending the development of a suitable engine.

The Solo 2625 engine and a Technoflug two-blade propeller were finally selected. The engine installation, including the carbon composite propeller mast and folding exhaust system, was developed by the specialist firm Walter Binder Motorenbau GmbH, having nearly 100% commonality with the Schempp Hirth Ventus CM installation.

General description

  • Wings from the LS6-18w moulds, with strengthened spars and leading edges.
  • Fuselage shape adapted from the LS4 by broadening the tail boom to accommodate the engine.
  • All-new structure combining a new safety glass/carbon cockpit with a full carbon composite fuselage behind the wing.
  • Empennage from the LS4 with new carbon and aramid composite construction.
  • Larger undercarriage (5” hub) set further forward to prevent nose-over with the engine at full power.
  • Innovative 210 mm x 65 mm steerable tailwheel integrated into the rudder directly under the hinge axis.
  • Single aerotow/winching hook.
  • Carbon composite propeller mast deployed by electric screw jack system.
  • Engine recessed into the fuselage with electric starter, fuel and coolant pumps.
  • Drive belt transmission to the large propeller.
  • Stall warning system activated during powered flight.