Tecnam has acquired the rights to Snap! the LSA aerobat.
The LSA was designed and developed by Fabio Russo, who is now the head of research and development for Tecnam Aircraft.
Tecnam will now manufacture the airplane at its 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.”
SportairUSA also markets and distributes several other LSA, including the TL-2000 Sting and TL-3000 Sirius by TL-Ultralight, the Savage Cub-S, iCub and Bobber by Zlin Aviation, and the SeaRey amphibian by Progressive Aerodyne.
The sporty, single seat Snap! flies behind a 130-hp 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, according to company officials.