April 2, 2014 - Tecnam U.S. Inc. surprised Sun 'n Fun attendees in Lakeland this week by displaying its latest light-sport aircraft, Astore at its opening day media briefing.
The low-wing airplane received special airworthiness certification from the FAA last week, allowing American customers to take delivery of them. Tecnam has delivered 30 Astores in Europe since its debut at the AERO Expo 2013.
The aircraft features a large cabin, glass instrument panel with Garmin 3X dual screen technology, GMA 240 audio, and GTR 200 comm radio as well as the Levil G Mini, which using its Wi-Fi connection can provide a full primary flight display as well as air navigation, pre-programmed checklist, and weight-and-balance apps.
The aircraft can also be equipped with the dual Dynon SV1000 SkyView EFIS.
According to Phil Solomon, Tecnam North America's CEO, the Astore's wings are the same as the P2002 Sierra, but the fuselage has been redesigned and is now much sleeker using more composite materials and less riveted structures.
The Astore can be powered by almost all Rotax four-stroke engines including the 912 ULS, the 912 iS, or the 914 Turbo. A base aircraft with the 100hp 912 ULS and analog instruments starts at just under $150,000. That increases to more than $200,000 with a full Garmin package and turbocharged Rotax 914 powerplant.
Tecnam US Inc. will initially market three LSA models, the P2008, Astore, and P92 Eaglet, along with and two Part 23 certificated aircraft - the P Twenty-Ten and P2006T light twin. Other models including the P2002 Sierra, P92 Echo Light, and P92 Tail Dragger will be available on request.
U.S. operations will be based at Tecnam's US Inc.'s new 21,000-square-foot customer delivery center, assembly facility, and U.S. headquarters located at the Sebring Regional Airport in Florida.