Dallair Aeronautica FR-01 and EPA Power Rotax
By Kent Misegades, EAA 520919
Fabio Russo, designer, and Pasquale Dállesandro, manufacturer, of the new aerobatic LSA-qualified Dallair FR-01 from Italy. Photo by Kent Misegades
Rumors in the past year of the existence of a Rotax-based aerobatic engine were confirmed with the first-ever appearance of the Italian Dallair FR-01 in Friedrichshafen, powered by a Rotax 912 modified by EPA Power, also from Italy. The FR-01 is a single-place, LSA-class aerobatic design from Fabio Russo, whose day job is as a member of the Tecnam Aircraft engineering staff.
The airplane is of mixed steel tube, aluminum, composite, and fabric construction stressed to +/- 6g. It is manufactured by Pasquale Dállesandro, whose company Dallair is a major supplier of aircraft components to Tecnam. Underneath the FR-01’s tight-fitting carbon cowling is a 135 HP engine with inverted oil, the creation of Italian Claudio Albertinazzi’s motorsports engine shop EPA Power.
Based on a stock 80 hp Rotax 912, EPA Power increases the engine’s output through new cylinders, pistons and heads, an electronic fuel injection system with dual fuel pumps, a new balanced crankshaft, and a 26-amp generator. These engines have been flying successfully on aerobatic aircraft in Italy for three years and come standard on the new Dallair FR-01.