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Solitaire XP Sailplane

CSA Solitaire, instructor and studentThe "Solitaire" (a.k.a. Tweety Bird) is CSA's primary training sailplane for pre-solo student pilots. Student pilots learn all their basic gliding and soaring skills in this glider in preparation for their first solo flight. The Solitaire is also the preferred CSA sailplane for a student pilot's first solo and many subsequent solo flights (under the supervision of their instructor). Once a student pilot demonstrates advanced mastery of the Solitaire, their instructor will transition the student pilot to the Blanik for further training and soaring flights in preparation for the Private Pilot - Glider test.

The Solitaire XP is a bit of an unusual aircraft. It is one of a kind and built from the wings of the prototype Schweizer SGS 2-33 and a "homebuilt" fuselage which highly resembles a SGS 2-33 fuselage. Hence, why it is certified as an "Experimental" aircraft. Under this certification CSA cannot give scenic rides in this sailplane.

CSA Solitaire Information
CSA Crew Chief: Merl Raisbeck
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Registration: N15XP
Contest ID: XP
Serial No.: 30
Documentation: Flight & Maintenance Manual

The following data is from and represents optimum, ex. factory specifications for a Schweizer 2-33. For actual, current weights, etc. for N15XP see the CSA Sailplane Data page.

General Details
Manufacturer: Schweizer/Homebuilt
Country Of Origin: United States
Designer: Ernest Schweizer
No. of Seats: 2
No. Built: 579
Aspect ratio: 11.85
Airfoil: NACA 63(3)-618
Structure: Steel tube/fabric fuselage, aluminum wings
L/D Max: 23 @ 72 kph / 39 kt / 45 mph
MinSink: 0.85 m/s / 2.8 fps / 1.66 kt


Span Area Empty Weight Payload Gross Weight Wing Load Water Ballast
m ft sq.m sq.ft kg lb. kg lb. kg lb. kg
kg lb.
15.54 51 20.39 219.5 272 600 200 440 472 1040 23.15 4.73 0 0


Updated 05/21/2014