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Volare 263/2005, Italy Tisk

Flight test of new "all-metal" aeroplane from the Czech Republic. Prepared by the Test Department.

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Small aeroplane which flies HIGH – ALTO

Inspired by several bestsellers from the American school of the eighties, the Alto TW 3300 aircraft promises a racing performance. This will doubtlessly be achieved as soon as the machine is set up. Once characteristic feature is the unusual wheel used to steer the craft.

Sauro Salvucci (Aviomarche) presents a new model from the Czech Republic. It is called the Alto. We don’t know what the real meaning of the word “alto” is in its original language, but if we take its literal translation into Italian it doesn’t seem a particularly suitable word to define this plane, which looks flimsy yet promises racing features. The shape of this aircraft is reminiscent of the RV 7 Van´s Aircraft and Sonerai II. The Alto TW 3300 is made entirely of metal and consists of a fuselage and ribs in a rectangular cross-section rounded at the top and connected with reinforcing struts. The cockpit is a natural extension of the fuselage with a retractable cover at the front, which gradually flattens out to a fireproof partition to which the steel engine bed is screwed.

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Czech Pilot 4/2004Czech Pilot 4/2004A word from Mr. Rakušan, the test pilot:

In the middle of this year I had a chance to fly in the ALTO ultra light airplane, made by Mr. Chroust and Mr. Mixa from Moravian Vyškov.

At first glance it was clear that it would be a fast machine not only because of the six-cylinder Jabiru engine, but also because of its overall concept, stemming from the contemporary concept of an up-to-date aircraft.

After compulsory weighing, calculation of the centre of gravity and checks of everything, necessary before the first flight, we got down to business. During the taxiing tests, I was very surprised by the nearly ideal engine operation in all modes and by good outward visibility, which cannot always be expected when using conventional aircraft landing gear.

During takeoff as well as during the flight itself, the engine’s performance was easily felt, climb was about 8 m/s, the cruising speed surpassed 200 km/h, and the descent speed was 60 km/h – all of these at maximum takeoff weight. These data were indicated by the speedometer. After initial faults had been eliminated, the aircraft felt very pleasant and not deceptive to fly, a fact confirmed by the LAA Technician, Mr. Slad, engineering supervisor.

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