The world lost another avionics pioneer last week as Luigi “Gino” Pascale, the originator, president and boss preparatory plan officer of Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, passed away at 93 years old.
Pascale began planning model planes in the 1930s with his sibling Giovanni. The siblings fabricated their first genuine aircraft in 1948 — the P48 Astore — starting the legacy of naming aircraft models in the year they were composed, a custom that Tecnam keeps up right up ’til today.
The Astore first flew in 1951, that year that Pascale accomplished his pilot’s permit. Around a similar time, Pascale graduated with a Master’s Degree in mechanical building.
Pascale composed a few race aircraft in the 1950s and established Partenavia in 1957, where he concentrated more on general avionics aircraft for the masses. About 10 years after the fact, the Pascale siblings established Tecnam, which today delivers an assortment of ensured single-and twin-motor planes and a few LSA models.
Together, Pascale’s two organizations have shipped more than 7,000 planes. The Tecnam P92, a two-seat metal aircraft that has been conveyed in a few varieties, has been the organization’s most prevalent outline with more than 2,500 in operation around the globe.
Pascale’s last make, the P2012 Traveler is as of now experiencing flight testing. The Traveler is a twin engine, nine-traveler aircraft composed as a practical local worker.
“[Pascale] was fantastically glad for Tecnam and the majority of its workers, and we will all miss him enormously,” said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s CEO and Luigi Pascale’s nephew. “His drive to incredible, assurance, can-do soul and responsibility to our organization will move and remain with us generally.”