Tue, Nov 07, 2006
Allegro 2007 Undergoing Tests Now
Aero-News has learned some big changes are coming to the Fantasy
Air Allegro 2000 sport plane, which is sold as a light-sport
aircraft in the United States. In fact... it's almost an entirely
The new Allegro 2007 -- which is now undergoing flight tests in
the Czech Republic -- features a wider fuselage (by 100
millimeters) to give the pilot and passenger more elbow room...
more, in fact, than a Cessna 172. The redesigned fuselage also
sports a higher cabin height, for added headroom.
According to the company, pilots over six feet tall will now
find themselves with far more comfortable accomodations than before
-- the result of a 80 mm higher wing, and newly standard in-flight
adjustable seats. The door openings are also taller, with gas
struts now supporting the doors.
The rear fuselage and vertical stabilizer have also been
redesigned, with approximately 50 percent greater surface area to
the latter. Standard fuel capacity has increased to over 16 gallons
US due to the wider fuselage... and optional wing tanks add an
extra five gallons per side.
If that sounds like the Allegro 2007 is a totally new
airplane... well, you're not very far off. But the new model is
still instantly recognizable as an Allegro.
Fantasy Air says the new model is the direct result of feedback
it received from current Allegro 2000 owners, as well as flight
schools that have the aircraft in their fleets.
The company expects the new plane to be certified to a full 600
kg maximum takeoff weight -- right in line with the 1,320-lb MTOW
requirement for light sport aircraft in the US.
Alas, the new plane will likely cost more -- the result of the
design changes, as well as higher prices for composites and the
Rotax 912 powerplant.
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