It's a Snap!
And light-sport to boot!
SportairUSA, the American marketer and distributor of the Dallair FR-100 Snap!, will bring the American production prototype to AirVenture 2011. The Snap! will be unveiled during a presentation at IAC headquarters, at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, July 26th.
The light-weight Snap! (MTOW under 950lbs) flies behind a 130hp competition engine, built by EPApower on a ROTAX 900 series crankcase, with 1484cc displacement, electronic fuel injection, inverted oil system, Gen2 auxiliary 26amp alternator, 4 into 1 exhaust, fully balanced and polished. The Snap! meets or exceeds FAA Part 23 acrobatic standards, including +6 / -3 wing loading.
The Snap! will also appear at several IAC sanctioned competitive events during the year. The first production aircraft for the American market will be available early in 2012. The Snap! is planned to be certifiable as experimental-exhibition (E-E), production light sport (S-LSA) or experimental light sport (E-LSA).
The Snap! is designed to compete. Professional flight testing is underway, to document optimum entry speeds and energy management procedures appropriate to each aerobatic manuever. Testing and documentation for certification of the Snap! under ASTM Light Sport Aircraft standards is also underway. This is the first purpose-designed aerobatic aircraft to incorporate innovative hardware and methods learned from light sport aircraft, at significantly lower first cost and operating cost compared to other aerobats.
The Snap! Web site may be viewed at: http://snap.aero . Progress reports on testing and documentation of the airplane will be reported on Snap.Aero as new information becomes available.
SportairUSA also markets and distributes several light sport aircraft, including the TL-2000 Sting and TL-3000 Sirius by TL-Ultralight, the Savage iCub and Bobber by Zlin Aviation, and the SeaRey amphibian by Progressive Aerodyne.