Thursday, 14 June 2018

Fantasy Air Allegro 2000(s) of New Zealand

We have had only one Fantasy Air Allegro 2000 in New Zealand (and we probably won't see any more as the variety of sport aircraft now available is huge, and I think the companies manufacturing it have gone bust).

The Fantasy Air Allegro was designed by Oldrich Olsansky and built by the Czech firm Fantasy Air from 1995.  When Fantasy Air folded in the early 2000s, production was transferred to the American dealer LSA America Inc (Allegro), who produced an improved version as the Allegro 2007.  But I think that this company is also now not in business.

Fuselage construction is of Kevlar reinforced fibreglass with a steel tube cockpit frame while the wings and tailplane are all aluminium.  The wing is tapered and gives a good glide ratio.  Its length is 6.1 metres (20 feet) and wingspan is 10.80 metres (35 feet 5 inches) with a wing area of 123 square feet.  Empty weight is around 275 Kg (606 pounds) and in NZ the MAUW is 518 Kg (1,142 pounds).  The engine is an 80 HP Rotax 912UL and this gives a good cruise speed of over 100 mph.  The cruise speed is around 40 mph.

Our only Fantasy Air Allegro 2000 is ZK-DCU (c/n 06-1612) which was first registered to David Colwill of Thames on 6/4/06.  It is photo'd above in a hangar at Matamata on 12/9/07.

It was sold to R & L Hills of Tuakau on 21/7/14, and it is for sale again on Trade Me, with very low hours.


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