Production of Tecnam P2012 Traveller serial number 3 is now well underway at Tecnam’s Capua production facility.
Slated for delivery to launch customer Cape Air in early 2019, key members of its leadership team including Dan Wolf, Founder & CEO and Jim Goddard, SVP Fleet & Technical Operations, recently visited Tecnam to inspect the significant progress made on the first P2012 Travellers to be delivered.
The next-generation 11 seat P2012 Traveller has been much anticipated by many airlines, who have been demanding a replacement for the hundreds of ‘heritage’ airplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category currently in service around the world.
Cape Air will be the world’s first airline to place the P2012 into commercial service.
The P2012 test and certification is at an advanced stage. The first two prototypes have completed over 80% of the introduction to service programme and have achieved nearly 400 flight test hours.
“We are very proud to have Cape Air as our launch customer. The P2012 Traveller is undoubtedly set to open a new chapter in aviation. We could have no better ambassador for this game changing aeroplane then regional aviation leaders Cape Air.” said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam CEO.
Cape Air has been a key partner in the development of the Traveller, along with Lycoming engines and Garmin avionics. EASA and FAA certification is on track for 2018, with an initial delivery of the first 20 airplanes beginning in January 2019.