drseti wrote:I know that Tecnam likes to boast how long they've been around (since 1946, I think?) But that's really misleading. They started out as Partenavia, and are by now really a totally different company.
I’m sure I mentioned this, but in 2006/2007 when I began Light Sport shopping, I was impressed with this decal on the tail of the Sky Arrow:
1947! Two years before I was born! As I’m often told, “That was a long time ago, mister!”. And, in context, a lot of the offerings back then were fairly young companies or startups with little or no track records. I’m sure Brazil and Latvia and Estonia and Grand Fenwick are/were capable of producing a quality product, but I was a bit dubious about the longevity of some of the offerings I saw at Oshkosh back then.
That said, just a few years after I bought my plane the company, 3i, was close to, or in some form of bankruptcy or reorganization in Italy. So, proof that the saying about past performance blah, blah, blah...has some validity, and there are no guarantees. The good news is that 3i was bought out by a large Italian conglomerate, Magnaghi. And further good news is the very few time - maybe 5 or 6 times - I’ve needed Sky Arrow-specific parts from either entity, they were available and shipped pretty quickly.
As an aside, I still lust after that red Bristell tailwheel I saw at Sebring. Be still, my heart...