Short-haul trips, Tecnam style | Air Transport News: International Aviation News
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller, a utility twin for the short-haul and special mission markets, makes its debut on EBACE. The aircraft is a larger and more capable successor to the P2006. Development began in 2012, hence its designation, and it first flew in 2016. The type is now in production at Tecnam’s Capua factory near Naples, Italy.
Tecnam (Static AD_19) has earned a healthy backlog for the P2012, led by a series of orders from US commuter airline Cape Air, which targets a fleet of 120 aircraft. The plant produces P2012s at the rate of two per month but intends to increase to three to keep pace with demand. Cape Air has received 30 of the more than 50 aircraft built to date, and more have been delivered to Europe. One was handed over to a Swiss customer last week, equipped for special missions.
Early next year, Tecnam will take the P2012 to the Avalon show in Australia, where the company expects a healthy market. Tecnam has an Australian subsidiary, as well as one in the United States, and an extensive worldwide network of distributors.
The P2012 is designed as a low-cost utility aircraft seating 11 people in an airliner-style configuration. Combi freighter and special mission variants are also offered. As it is aimed at the short haul market (30-90 minutes) where cruising speed is a minor issue, the P2012 features fixed landing gear for ease of maintenance and proven Lycoming TEO-540C1A engines each developing 375 hp. The aircraft can operate from grass fields and has a take-off run of just 500 meters.