Actually, the Taurus is quite interesting as it is a side by side 2 seater powered glider with a dual wheel undercarriage. That makes it quite practical for self launching. The original engine was a 50 HP two stroke, and this was followed by a 40 HP electric motor. You can even get a glider trailer with solar panels which keeps the batteries charged!
The specifications for the Taurus are: length 7.27 metres, wingspan 14.97 metres with an aspect ratio of 18.6 and a best glide ratio of 41 to 1. Construction is all composite which gives an empty weight of 285 Kg (306 Kg for the Electro model), and the MAUW is 472 Kg.
We have had one of each engine type of Taurus in New Zealand to date.
2 (c/n 147 TAel), a Taurus Electro, was registered to the Kaahu Trust of Russell on 23/11/15. It was based at Kaikohe where the above photo was taken. Tragically the glider crashed near Kaikohe on 16/11/17 killing Ricco Legler. ZK-GEL2 was cancelled from the register on 9/1/18.