Tecnam has announced that the ‘Astore’ – which was on show at Aero 2013 Friedrichshafen in April – has had its maiden flight.

It was commanded by Tecnam’s Test Pilot, Captain Enzo De Blasio, who said:

“The Astore’s behaviour noted from the taxi up to landing includes really short ground roll radius and good feeling with the oleopneumatic shock absorber on nose gear. Incredible high elevator power during high speed roll and improved efficiency can be immediately recognized once airborne. With engine OFF glide, the efficiency ratio is higher than the Tecnam P2002 and will be measured with more accuracy during the flight test programme.”

Developed by Tecnam’s Head of Aircraft Design – Professor Luigi Pascale – the Astore can be powered by a Rotax 912ULS, 912iS or 914 engine, and runs on both avgas and mogas.

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