SportairUSA, the American marketer and distributor of the Dallair FR-100 Snap!, is showing off the American production prototype at AirVenture this week.
“A new aerobatic craft is an uncommon event,” said Bill Canino, President of SportairUSA. “The Snap! is the first purpose-built aerobat to incorporate lower-cost technology and methods learned from the light sport industry, and to be flyable by any licensed pilot, with or without a current medical certificate.”
The light-weight Snap! (MTOW under 950 lbs) flies behind a 130-hp competition engine, built by EPApower on a ROTAX 900 series base, with 1484cc displacement, electronic fuel injection, inverted oil system, Gen2 auxiliary 26amp alternator, 4 into 1 exhaust, company officials explained. The Snap! meets or exceeds FAA Part 23 acrobatic standards, including +6/-3 wing loading, officials add.
The first production aircraft for the American market is expected to be available early in 2012, company officials said. The Snap! is planned to be certifiable as experimental-exhibition (E-E), production light sport (S-LSA) or experimental light sport (E-LSA).
Flight testing is underway, including testing and documentation for certification under ASTM Light Sport Aircraft standards.
The Snap! burns premium auto fuel, officials note.
For more information: Snap.aero