The Tecnam P2012 Traveller has taken a break from an intensive flight testing program to attend the 3-day AERO 2017 in Friedrichshafen, and the company announced they’re officially launching the Slot Deposit Program for the aircraft.
The P2012 currently has a list price €2,200,000 (roughly $2.34 million), and with a €100,000 (roughly $106,600) deposit, potential customers can reserve a delivery position in 2019, and freeze the price of the aircraft.
Since the Tecnam P2012 Traveller’s maiden flight on July 21, 2016, the prototype has accumulated more than 100 flight test hours. So far, the flight test results have enabled Tecnam’s design team to improve the maximum takeoff weight to 7,973 pounds (3,600 kg).
Tecnam’s Experimental Test Pilot, Captain Lorenzo De Stefano, commented on the challenging flight test program, saying that he had a special feeling about the aircraft from “the very first moment I saw the designs. Since the maiden flight, the Traveller has fully confirmed all the positive peculiarities that are so distinctive of Tecnam aircraft, making me feel at ease in the testing workload that was to follow.” He added that P2012’s “outstanding flight characteristics go hand in hand with a very advanced avionic suite and the impressive performance delivered by the two Lycoming 375 HP engines.”
|Fuselage Height||14.4 ft (4.4 m)|
|Fuselage Length||39.7 ft (11.8 m)|
|Wingspan||46 ft – (14 m)|
|Cabin Height (seat to cover)||4.46 ft (1.36 m)|
|Cabin Width||4.85 ft (1.48 m)|
|Max Seating capacity||2 + 9|
|Fuel tank capacity||212 US Gal (800 L)|
|Engine Manufacturer||Lycoming TEO-540-C1A|
|Engine Power||2 x 375 HP|
|Time Before Overhaul||2000 hrs|
|Propeller||2 x 3 blades constant speed|
|Fuel Consumption||30 US Gal/h|
|Fuel Type||100/130, 100LL and UL100|
|Maximum Take Off Weight||7936.64 lb (3600 kg)|
|Empty Weight, Standard||4960 lb ( 2250 kg)|
|Useful Load||2976 lb ( 1350 kg)|
|Max Cruise Speed (KTAS)||190 kts at 10,000 ft|
|Stall Speed (Flaps Down Power Off) KCAS||60 kts (69 mph, 111 km/h)|
|Take off run||1148 ft (350 m)|
|Take off distance||1968.5 ft (600 m)|
|Landing Run||820 ft (250 m)|
|Landing Distance||1640 ft (500 m)|
|Rate of climb||1500 ft/min (7.62 m/s)|
|Range||1,137 nm / 6.3 hrs|
|Flight Rule||VFR Day/Night, Fully IFR|
Tecnam has reported they’ve had the Tecnam P2012 Traveller’s first flight, and it was a success. The Traveller took off from the 3,141-foot grass runway at the Capua Airport (LIAU), which is next to Tecnam’s headquarters.
The flight was conducted under the control of test pilot Lorenzo De Stefano. After putting the Tecnam P2012 through a series of maneuvers, he had this to say about the experience, “After a smooth take-off, I climbed to a safe height to perform our pre-planned maneuvers to check the basic behavior of the aircraft, engine and flight controls. The aircraft responded exactly as expected. After a couple of circuits around the airfield, I landed and the Traveller stopped in a very short distance. I am really excited about the Traveller program.”
The 11 seat P2012 Traveller is being designed as a low-cost passenger carrier, and will first see service with US-based carrier Cape Air. However, according to company officials, it will be suitable for a variety of additional roles, such as cargo shipping and medevac services.
“This next- generation aeroplane will deliver to operators not only profits but reliability, efficiency and of course, passenger comfort. The Tecnam design team have answered all these customer needs with the P2012 Traveller. We feel we are contributing to real innovation in aviation,” said Tecnam’s Managing Director, Paolo Pascale.
The P2012 Traveller will have a fixed gear, and be powered by two 350-hp turbocharged Lycoming engines, which will be able to burn both AvGas and MoGas. The aircraft is being designed to have a range of at least 600 nm, a cruise speed of 175 knots at 10,000 feet, and short field capabilities. Tecnam hopes to have the P2012 Traveller certified by 2017 and to begin delivering aircraft to Cape Air in 2018. You can check out Tecnam’s website for additional details.
Featured Image: courtesy of Tecnam
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