The piston powered twin engine aircraft market is today characterized by very few models and the majority of aircraft in operation belonging to this category are older than 35 years and are no longer in production. Tecnam Aircraft Industries is committed to the design, development and production of a new, innovative, efficient and affordable next-generation 11 seater twin aircraft, complying with both FAR part 23 and EASA CS-23 requirements.
The airplane design, named Tecnam P2012 Traveller, was developed by Tecnam Research and Design team is under development at Tecnam Aircraft Industries following a preliminary design by Professor Luigi Pascale, Tecnam’s well renowned and award winning expert in the design of many general aviation aircraft.
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller will first see service as a passenger aeroplane with US based Cape Air but has been designed from the start to be a very versatile and flexible aerial platform, offering many multi role opportunities including Hydro, VIP, cargo shipping, parachuting and medevac services.
The key features of the aircraft have been developed in close co-operation with potential customers.
Designed primarily with the passenger in mind, the P2012’s large cabin can accommodate up to 11 seats (with a maximum of nine passengers).
Easy cabin access, cabin comfort and spacious luggage compartments have all been specifically designed to ensure a pleasurable flight experience.
The aircraft will be equipped with two powered Lycoming TEO-540-C1A engines rated 375hp each. This modern engine is fully electronically controlled, fuel injected and provided with several features to preserve component life in addition to saving fuel. The mixture lever is no longer present on the cockpit pedestal since the entire control of mixture is made automatically.
The P2012 has been designed to comply with both FAR Part 23 and EASA CS-23, for which certification will be achieved at the same time, in order to expedite as many country validations as possible.