Kitplanes Looks at the Groppo Trail

groppo-trail-snipWell, it's not entirely new to Oshkosh, but the Italian company Groppo is launching a new marketing effort for its two-seat tandem Groppo Trail at an eye-catching price.  The Trail will be available as an E-LSA, an LSA, and an amateur-built kit, according to Steve Bassinger, who's representing Groppo in the U.S.  Think of it as an Italian Cub, and you'll be pretty close.

Kitplanes editor Paul Dye checked out the Trail, flew it briefly before the show, and shot this video for AVweb's AirVenture coverage.

Click the video below to watch:
httpv://youtu.be/TKosnKnndYs

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

3 Replies to “Kitplanes Looks at the Groppo Trail”

  1. I ordered a kit 3 weeks ago as Trail will fit in a legal width box trailer(Australia 2.5m/8.2ft). Trail is 1.902m/6.24ft HIGH and 6.223m/21ft LONG and only 1.7M/5.6ft WIDE 4 bolts to remove tailplane (taildragger). Sold my hangar and will keep in front yard. Tailplane comes off easily. Graham Smith Sprite Aviation UK was very helpful and is about to flight test Trail with Weslake light weight diesel engine (9 litres/2.38 us gal per hour diesel or jet fuel) at 75% power.Don't have to disconnect fuel lines to fold wing. Arrives February 2015.Rotax 912/ULPower 350/Sauer 2400 or Weslake??

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