TECNAM Aircraft has acquired the rights to Snap! the LSA aerobat. The Snap was designed and developed by Fabio Russo, who is now the head of Research and Development for Tecnam. The airplane will be manufactured at Tecnam’s facilities in Naples and Capua, Italy.
SportairUSA, the American marketing and distribution company that introduced the Snap to the light sport market, will continue as the American distributor.
“Tecnam brings 65 years of aeronautical innovation and integrity to the Snap! project,” said Bill Canino, President of SportairUSA. “The Snap! is fun to fly, competitive, and very inexpensive to own and operate compared to conventional aerobatic aircraft.”
Tecnam manufactures and distributes an extensive line of aircraft world-wide, including several for the American LSA msrket. The company traces its roots back to the activities of the Italian brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale, who developed and produced innovative aircraft soon after the end of WWII (1948) and have continued ever since to create original models that gained worldwide recognition under the name Partenavia. Established in March 1986, Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam now operates in two production facilities. The Casoria facility is located adjacent to Naples Capodichino Airport. The Capua facility is located adjacent to the “Oreste Salmone” Airport. Over 3500 Tecnam aircraft are operating around the world today.
The sporty, single seat Snap! (MTOW under 950lbs) flies behind a 130hp competition engine with electronic fuel injection, inverted oil system, auxiliary alternator, 4 into 1 exhaust, fully balanced and polished. It will be certifiable as production light sport (S-LSA), experimental light sport (E-LSA), or experimental-exhibition (EE).
In competition or in practice the Snap! burns 5 gph of premium auto fuel, and little-to-no oil, making it inexpensive to own and operate. With its low wing and bubble canopy the Snap! combines classic styling with excellent visibility and easy handling.