Italian Sky Arrow Aircraft Is Back
Assets of the Sky Arrow all-composite, high-wing tandem aircraft were acquired by Magnaghi Group, the new owners announced this week at Sun 'n Fun.
By Marino Boric, EAA 1069644, for EAA
March 29, 2012 - Top executives from Magnaghi Group of southern Italy were present at Sun 'n Fun Wednesday to announce the acquisition of Sky Arrow-related assets, including all existing products and certifications. The Sky Arrow is an all-composite, high-wing tandem aircraft with Rotax 912S engine in pusher configuration first introduced in 1993 from Meteor S.p.A., also of Italy. The Sky Arrow was created as a low-cost, high-visibility aerial work platform and was designed and used for patrol, law enforcement, environmental research, and electronic news gathering.
The Sky Arrow can perform most of the rotary wing tasks at a fraction of the cost, according to a company spokesman. Several hundred Sky Arrows are currently operated worldwide as LSA and FAR Part 23 aircraft.
Sky Arrow, which underwent bankruptcy in 2008, will appear at AirVenture this summer with several new modifications including a tail section modified for less drag. The aircraft will also feature much greater range due to a larger (30-gallon) fuel capacity.
Chief Operating Officer Giorgio Iannotti remarked, “Magnaghi Group believes in this product and is strongly willing to relaunch the Sky Arrow series.” Iannotti also confirmed that an UAV version of the Sky Arrow is on the way. Further, the new owner will restart all activities related to the F-300 project, a high-performance, low-wing, four-place, composite airplane designed by Stelio Frati.
Magnaghi Aeronautica S.p.A. is one of Italy’s leading manufacturers of aerospace equipment and parts. To learn more, click here.