The general features of the aircraft are coming from market requirements. The P2012 is characterized by a very comfortable fuselage cabin to accommodate up to 9 pax and 1/2 pilots and will be equipped with two piston Lycoming TEO-series engines rated 375 hp each, mogas/avgas capable. The new airliner has been designed to comply with both FAR part 23 and EASA CS-23.
The research activity was addressed toward a general aerodynamic analysis and a deep investigation on some particular effects (such as the wing-fuselage interference or the nacelle lift contribution and their effect on wing span loading). The aerodynamic analysis was also essential to have an accurate estimation of aircraft stability and control derivatives (both longitudinal and lateral- directional) and to lead to a correct sizing of tail surfaces.
Particular care has been also posed to the winglets design which have been designed mainly to improve the climb performance in one engine inoperative condition.
The sizing of the P2012 has been accomplished through the use of fine methodologies and approach.
The design has been accomplished starting from the following design specifications:
a) Easy cabin access via wide doors and superior cabin comfort for all passengers; same forward and side space for all passengers
b) Spacious luggage compartment
c) Reduced take-off run
d) Cruise flight speed of about 180 Kts at flight altitude of 10.000 ft
e) Higher than 600 nm range