The P2012 Traveller is an all-metal structure, high wing, twin-engine, unpressurised, piston aircraft with fixed tricycle landing gear.
The aircraft can accommodate up to 11 occupants. Suitable allowance for luggage and optional equipment is also provided both in a wide nose compartment and in the rearside of the fuselage. Easy and fastseat removal and a large rear door allows for a quick re-configuration with available volumes shown in the picture.
The fuselage is made of light aluminium alloy formed frames, beams, stringers and skins coupled by rivets and bolts.
Some major items such as beams, wing and tail surface attachments are made from billets. The cantilever wing is also made of a traditional light alloy construction, with twin spars configuration coupled with formed sheet metal ribs and CFRP leading edge.
A NACA five digit airfoil has beenselected for the semi-tapered wing platform; this offers low drag with high maximum lift coefficient and small aerodynamic movement. Integral fuel tanks are located in the wing box, behind leading edge andbetween the two spars (less fire risk) for a capacity of 375 litres (99USG) each (total of 750 litres, 198USG). Slotted light aluminium alloy flaps, electrically controlled, allow low stall speeds offering potential for very steep approaches and short landings. The vertical tail consists of a conventional vertical stabilizer and a rudder; the horizontal surface consists of a tail plane and an elevator. Trim-tabs are provided on all control surfaces. The rudder is provided with standard yaw-damper as well (integrated with the standard provided automatic flight control system).
The main landing gear is composed of two fixed legs containing the oleo-pneumatic shock absorber. These legs are fitted onto the fuselage via a cantilever beam faired by a small streamlined pod which may be easily removed for maintenance purposes.The nose gear, steerable type, is fixed and consists of an oleo-pneumatic shock absorber leg, attached to the first fuselage bulkhead. It is provided with an anti-shimmy damper. Two wheels of 6.50-10 for main landing gear and 6.00-6 for nose gear are installed.
The primary flight controls areconventional and characterized by easy maintenance with control cables coupled by push pull rods, all visible through the immediate removal of the cabin floor nomex sandwich CFRP panels.
One of the main advantages of the P2012 Traveller is the option to operate in single-pilot mode in most countries around the world when carrying passengers.
While under FAA requirements it is possible to carry commercial passengers on a single-engine aircraft, in most of countries this is not allowed.
This means that, in order to carry passengers for hire or commercial gain, the aircraft must be at least multi-engined. Nevertheless, an aircraft powered by two turboprop engines is classified as “complex” and thus it requires the presence of a co-pilot.
This dual-pilot requirement significantly increases the overall operating cost. Not only is it a question of funding an additional pilot. Dual-pilot cockpit configuration requires the perfect symmetry of all functions and displays, most of them simply duplicated. The most economical solution to performing passengers transport especially over small distances is via a twin engine, single pilot operation with a capable, modern and efficient piston aircraft such as the Tecnam P2012 Traveller. The P2012 cockpit design includes state-of-the-art autopilot, which reduces the workload and significantly improves the pilot’s working station and lowers stress during long IFR flights.