Monday 17 October 2016

Alpi 300 Prequel - Asso Champion V of New Zealand

The Asso Champion V was designed by Giuseppe Vidor of Tovena in Italy, and the prototype first flew on 10 June 1995.  It was offered as plans for homebuilding by Giuseppe Vidor's company Asso Aerei Sri (Ace Aircraft Ltd).  Guiseppe Vidor was a prolific homebuilt aircraft designer who produced a series of wooden aircraft from the Asso 1 up to the Asso XI.

The Asso V formed the basis of the Alpi 300 and the dimensions of the two aircraft are very similar.  However the Asso V is typically powered by a less powerful engine and has a lower cruising speed of around 200 km/hr (compared with 250 km/hr of the Alpi 300), and the MAUW is lower at 449 Kg (990 pounds).

We have had one Asso Champion V in New Zealand to date:

ZK-OSC (c/n 286) was built by Grahame O Fletcher of Blenheim and was registered to him on 3/2/11.  The registration OSC is for Grahame's middle name of Oscar.  It is powered by a Hirth engine.

It is photo'd above at Omaka on 9/3/12.  There is at least one more Asso Champion V being built in New Zealand that I am aware of so we might see another one eventually.

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