Pitts S2C


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Until you’ve flown the new Pitts S-2C, there’s no way to fully comprehend the way we have harnessed the power, expanded the performance envelope, locked in a new level of precision and taken the lead in aerobatic flying technology.

This new breed of Pitts Specials, our only production model, more than meets the demands of today’s aerobatics. We have brought trumpets into the aerobatic box, heralding a new athleticism, a sinuous grace, a vibrant form of aerobatic energy. For contests, airshows, training, or pure excitement the Pitts S-2C sizzles and dazzles.

Vertical lines are where the S-2C beats them all. You have never seen the kind of hang time that’s possible in an S-2C. After improving the wing tip shape, flattening the belly, improving the engine cowling and redesigning the windshield, this model cruises 15 mph faster than the earlier model. Precision point rolls are possible at any speed thanks to the new wings and world class stick centering. The new aerodynamic vertical and horizontal tails make maneuvering in any direction a snap.


Pitts S-2C

Engine Lycoming AEIO-540, 260 HP
Propeller The Claw by Hartzell® 76: Composite Constant Speed
Length 17 feet 9 inches
Height 6 feet 5 inches
Wing Span 20 feet
Wing Area 127.5 square feet
Wing Loading 13.3 lb/sqft (normal)/12.7 lb/sqft (aerobatic)
Power Loading 6.59 lb/hp (normal)/6.25 lb/hp (aerobatic)
Seats 2 tandem
Cabin Length 6 feet 11 inches
Cabin Width 28 inches
Cabin Height 47 inches
Empty Weight 1,155 pounds
Maximum Gross Weight 1700 pounds
Useful Load 545 lb (normal)/470 lb (aerobatic)
Payload w/Full Fuel 371 pounds
Fuel Capacity w/5 Gallon Wing Tank 29 U.S. gallons (28 gallons usable)


Pitts S-2C

Aerobatic Flight Load Limits +6 G/-5 G
Takeoff Distance Ground Roll 554 feet
Takeoff Distance Over 50 ft Obstacle 860 feet
Max Demonstrated Crosswind Component 17 kt
Rate of Climb, Sea Level, Minimum Weight 2,900 fpm
Maximum Level Speed, Sea Level 169 kt
Cruise Speed w/30 min rsv. at 75% Power 150 KTAS/1.6 hours
Range w/30 min rsv. at 75% Power 284 st. miles
Fuel Consumption at 75% Power 84 pph/14 gph
Best Economy 6,000 feet
Landing Distance over 50 ft Obstacle 1,200 feet
Landing Distance, Ground Roll 750 Feet
VY (Best Rate of Climb) KIAS 82
VA (Design Maneuvering) KIAS 134
VNO (Max Structural Cruising) KIAS 134
VNE (Never Exceed) KIAS 185
VSI (Stall, Clean) KIAS 56


The one-place Pitts S-1S. It’s sheer, unadulterated, scream your brains out fun, whether you do aerobatics or not.

Not just for Aerobatics: Yes, the Pitts Special is a world-class aerobatic airplane, but that is a pilot controlled option. If what you want is a super flying machine, then the Pitts S-1S is the airplane for you.

Super-proven Design: For 66 years, pilots have been pushing the envelope with the S-1 and it has one of the most proven structures in the world. The S-1S has been certified to FAA Standards since 1973.

Performance: The controls are light and the airplane is very responsive. You don’t fly this airplane; you wear it. There is no slop in the controls. Ask it to do something and it does it.

The S-1S will work easily out of a 1,800 foot strip with more or less clear approaches. As you get to know the airplane, you’ll be willing to work even shorter runways. This airplane loves grass.

Pitts S-1S Aircraft


Pitts S-1S

Engine Lycoming 180 HP
Propeller Sensenich 76EM8-0-56
Gross Weight 1150 pounds
Empty Weight 850 ± pounds
Useful Load 300 ± pounds
Fuel Capacity 120 pounds (20 US gallons)
Oil Capacity 15 pounds (8 quarts)
Length 15 feet 6 inches
Wing Span 17 feet 4 inches
Wing Area 98.5 square feet
Seats 1
Top Speed 176 mph
Max Cruise 155 mph
Stall Speed 62 mph
Rate of Climb 2,600 fpm
Rate of Rolll 180 deg/sec
Range ± 300 miles

Pitts® is a federally registered trademark of Aviat Aircraft, Inc.®


The two-place Pitts Special S-2B can be flown competitively in unlimited class competition. It is ideal for advanced aerobatic instruction and is our most popular model. Most students who have learned in slower, less responsive aerobatic aircraft, find the Pitts simply requires less work to perform maneuvers accurately. To put it simply, Pitts pilots have more fun!

The S-2B is obviously capable of highly advanced maneuvers, yet it is easy enough to fly for pilots just beginning their aerobatic training. The S-2B has been superseded by the S-2C and is no longer in production. However, Aviat Aircraft carries a full line of original manufacturer’s spare parts.


The concept is simple: Curtis Pitts designed the airplane he thought was necessary for World Aerobatic Contest level flying into the next millennium. What makes the S-1-11B/Super Stinker different from his earlier world-beating designs? 300 horses and 35 years more experience is what makes the difference.

After Aviat Aircraft, Inc. purchased the design, our engineers straightened out a few cosmetic lines to make the airplane easier to judge in competition and reengineered the structure for strength and pilot comfort.

We offer both plans and components (not a kit, just components) for this model. We can also complete the aircraft on a custom basis.


Similar to the S-2B in size and power, but in single-place configuration. This is the most recent addition to the single-place line. The Pitts Special S-2S provides superior vertical penetration and high speed.

The S-2S is no longer in production. However, Aviat Aircraft carries a full line of original manufacturer’s spare parts.


Small and powerful with extremely high performance. Particularly with respect to both aileron-roll rate and snap-roll rate. The Pitts Special S-1T is regularly used in all competition categories in both national and world contests.

The S-1T is available for manufacture on demand. Production plans are not available. However, plans for the Pitts S-1S are available for purchase for $395. In addition, Aviat Aircraft carries a full line of original manufacturer’s spare parts.

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