While at the Aero-Expo in
Friedrichshafen Germany we had the opportunity to talk to
Roberto Merico of Magnaghi Aeronatica manufacturers of the
SkyArrow light sport aircraft. The SkyArrow features all
composite construction, tandem seating, in a pusher
configuration, with dual controls, flaps and adjustable
The new SkyArrow on display at AERO had the Rotax 912iS
engine. According to Roberto the new installation was done
due to costumer requests. With the installation the company
also changed the location of the fuel tanks, moving them out
into the wings.
This relocation of the fuel tanks now allows for seven hours
of flight time on the SkyArrow. This is an advantage for
pilots flying cross country flights where fuel availability
or quality may be a consideration. The new Rotax 912iS
engine is nearly 36% more efficient than the 912 ULS, which
takes the seven hours to just over 10 hours!
Magnahi Aeronautica is a world wide manufacturer of aircraft
parts, and has production facilities all over the world. It
is planned to start production of the SkyArrow in Brazil,
which has a very active aerospace community and uses the
same ASTM standards as the U.S. for certification of light
sport aircraft. This will allow sales and distribution of
the SkyArrow to a number of markets.
expected that the new wing and 912iS engine installation
will be available to U.S. customers later this year.
According to Roberto, Magnahi will also continue to offer
hand controls for the SkyArrow, which has been used by
Hansen AirGroup and Able flight to teach handicapped
individuals how to fly in the SkyArrow.
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