General Description Combining beautiful Italian styling, the latest technological innovations and higher standards of comfort, the Tecnam Astore is a two seat, low wing, single-engine airplane that offers superlative performance and value. Featuring state of the art avionics, including the new Garmin G3X touch screen glass flight display system and powered by Rotax and with over 100 Astore LSA’s already in service worldwide, it’s proving to be one of Tecnam best ever selling airplanes. Construction The airframe is entirely built in metal with fairings and upper radome in carbon/glass fiber with epoxy matrix. The canopy forms an integral part of the upper radome sliding forward and aft with final closing achieved by pulling the canopy vertically down onto an automotive-type seal. Three latches and 4 pins secure the canopy to the radome ensuring the best sound proofing possible.
Landing Gear The tricycle landing gear consists of two 7075T6 light alloy springs which are hinged inside the fuselage in order to maximize the wheel deflection and energy absorption efficiency. These springs are supported by robust machined components which spread the load directly onto the main bulkheads. Two rawhide liners are inserted between each spring-leaf and the external machined beam. Two bolts secure the individual spring-leaf to the edge of the beam via a light alloy clamp while a single bolt secures the inboard end of the leaf-spring to the hinge and inner machined beam. The nose gear is free castering and is supported by an oleopneumatic shock absorber connected directly to the firewall. Differential toe brakes for steering are standard for both pilot and co-pilot with redundant brake master cylinders (4 in total). The horizontal tail is made up of a stabilizer and elevator with tip balancing horns. All the control surfaces, except for the flaps and trim tab, are balanced, and all the surfaces, except for the rudder and fuselage aileron line, are controlled via push-pull rods.
Powerplant and propeller Low operating costs are assured through Tecnam’s close association with Rotax. All of this results in a remarkably efficient airplane, with customers being offered a choice of how they want their Tecnam Astore’ powered, be it with the Rotax 912ULS2, the ‘injected’ 912iS or the Rotax 914UL2 engine. Operators may choose both MOGAS and AVGAS to fuel their Astore. The total usable fuel is 29 Gal (110lt) while the entire fuel system runs below the cabin structure, protecting the occupants from the fuel lines, which consist of rigid hoses and AN fittings. The standard propeller is a two blade fixed pitch wooden-composite wrapped Sensenich, with composite made propellers from the same brand also available in two and three bladed versions.
Certification The Tecnam Astore is delivered in full compliance with the requirements of US LSA ASTM F2245