Tecnam starts expansion in United States

April 1, 2014

Tecnam is seeking to expand its presence in the United States with the Astore light sport aircraft.

Tecnam will build a 43,000-square-foot facility in Sebring, Fla., where employees will assemble, maintain, and repair both light sport and FAA-certified aircraft and train technicians.

Tecnam unveiled the Astore light sport aircraft at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on April 1.“We’ll bring customer service to a whole new level,” said Shannon Yeager, U.S. sales director of Tecnam, an Italian firm that has been designing and building aircraft since 1948. “We’re making significant investments in the United States in both people and facilities.”

Tecnam also introduced the Astore to the U.S. market. The luxurious, high-end light sport aircraft comes with an iPad Mini, and options include a two-screen G3X Touch PFD/MFD with a built-in engine monitor. About 30 Astores are flying in Europe, and Yeager said he expects the model to do well in the U.S. market.

The Astore with a two-screen G3X has a retail price of $176,000.

Dave Hirschman

Dave Hirschman | AOPA Pilot Senior Editor, AOPA

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.