TECNAM ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFTS AT KASSEL AIRPORT l PHOTOS, VIDEO & TEXT BY KLAUS EWALD
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Luigi and Paolo Pascale had founded Partenavia Costruzioni Aeronautiche SpA at Naples in 1952. Their light aircrafts were very popular at the many aviation clubs existing. In 1982 the company was bought by state runned group Alenia Aermacchi from Varese, but from this time on the enterprise was driven into a very negative direction. That was the reason why they had to go into insolvency in 1998 to be sold to Vulcanair SpA after the proceedings. In 1986 Luigi Pascale and another brother of him, Giovanni, founded S.R.L. Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam also at Naples. The company is specialized in very light aircrafts for multi-purpose use. First they introduced the P92 Echo type followed by the P96 Golf model. These planes are based on the typical Italian design with a light space frame made out of squared pipes covered with aluminum sheets. Tecnam`s chief designer is Professor Luigi Pascale while Paolo Pascale is in the office of the company`s managing director. The Tecnam facilities are based on the Aeroporto di Capua Oreste Salomone, that lies some 30 kilometres northern of Naples also being the home of the Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali. The pretty small airport, originally constructed for armed forces purposes, is named after Italian military pilot Oreste Salomone from World War I. Among other markets Tecnam is present in China, Spain, Germany, the Middle East and the USA, where NASA is their most prominent customer. Over 3500 Tecnam aircrafts are operating around the world. The Tecnam aircrafts shown on this page are owned by the ULTRALEICHT-FLUGSCHULE KASSEL-CALDEN lying on the new part of KASSEL AIRPORT also being one of six licensed Tecnam service partners in the Federal Republic of Germany.
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