Italian airplane maker Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam is celebrating its 65th anniversary with the introduction of yet another light sport airplane, this one with “superlative performance.” Named after the company’s first production design, the Tecnam Astore will be unveiled at Aero Friedrichshafen, Germany, at the end of April.
While few details regarding the Astore have been released, Tecnam has announced that Astore customers will have the ability to choose between three engines: Rotax’s 100 hp 912ULS, fuel injected 912iS or 115 hp turbocharged 914. Unlike most of the airplanes produced by Tecnam, the two-seat Astore is a low-wing design. The LSA will also feature a new enhanced interior, which Tecnam says has improved ergonomics, better visibility and softer materials for improved comfort.
Tecnam said the Astore will also include an iPad Mini preinstalled with weight and balance information, checklists and a full pilot’s operating handbook. A Levil AHRS-G Mini connects to the iPad Mini wirelessly to provide AHRS data for apps such as Air Navigation Pro, providing a primary flight display on the electronic flight bag as well as navigation capabilities and a moving map display.