As part of its 65th anniversary celebrations, Tecnam has just debuted its new next-generation Light Sport Aircraft, the Astore, at AERO 2013 in Germany. The Astore has been developed by Tecnam’s renowned Head of Aircraft Design, Professor Luigi Pascale. He named his latest creation in honour of his first production aircraft, the P48 Astore. Low operating costs have been prioritised on this two seat, low wing machine, through Tecnam’s close association with Rotax. Customers will be offered a choice of how they want their Tecnam Astore’ powered, be it with the Rotax 912ULS, the all new 912iS or the Rotax 914 engine. Operators may choose both MOGAS and AVGAS to fuel their Astore. Further innovations include an Apple iPad mini supplied with each aircraft as standard. The Levil G Mini, using its WiFi connection, provides a full Primary Flight Display on the iPad mini using compatible third party applications such as Air Navigation Pro or similar. Additionally, the pre-installed dedicated app will compute the actual Weight and Balance, provide checklists and include all the Pilot Operating Handbook sections. Steve Jobs would be proud!