Cape Air first to fly Tecnam P2012 Traveller
November 15, 2016
Tecnam announced at a joint production development meeting held with Cape Air, that both companies had now entered into formal aircraft delivery negotiations.
Key members of Cape Air’s leadership team, including Dan Wolf (CEO and Founder), Stan Bernstein (Member, Board of Directors) and Jim Goddard (Senior Vice President, Fleet Planning & Acquisitions), visited Tecnam’s Capua, Italy assembly facility, where Dan Wolf was the first non-Tecnam pilot to fly the P2012 Traveller accompanied by Tecnam test pilot, Capt. Lorenzo De Stefano.
Cape Air Tecnam P2012
Dan Wolf, Cape Air CEO and Founder, said: “This aircraft is so easy to fly. With the performance numbers we see today we are happy to offer our customers a new generation airplane that will both raise the level of in-flight comfort and safety and lower the costs of operations and fleet maintenance.” .
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller first flew on July 21st. Tecnam is aiming for EASA and FAA certification by 2018. Since the maiden flight, another 10 static tests have been performed, and the prototype has accumulated more than 45 flight hours during 60 test flights.
Initial flight test results have enabled the Tecnam Design Team to improve the Maximum Take Off Weight to 3.600 kg (7937 lbs).
The Cape Air team was especially impressed by the very short take off and landing roll shown during an exemplary display performed by Capt. De Stefano.
The P2012 is powered by two Lycoming engines (375 HP, turbocharged, six-cylinder)
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller will first see service as a passenger aeroplane but has been designed from the start to be a very versatile and flexible aerial platform, offering many multi-role opportunities including Hydro, VIP, cargo shipping, parachuting and medevac services.
Tecnam P2012 Traveller
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Role Twin-engined utility aircraft
National origin Italy
First flight 21 July 2016
Primary user Cape Air
Unit cost €1.5 - €1.8 million
- US$1.6 million
- US$1.6 million
Cape Air signed a letter of intent to order 100 aircraft to replace their existing Cessna 402s. Three prototypes of the high-wing, fixed landing-gear twin-engined Traveller are under construction at Capua. Rollout of the first completed unit occurred on 1 April 2016. It first flew on 21 July 2016.
Data from Characteristics, Performance
- Crew: 1/2 pilots
Capacity: 9 passengers
Payload: 690 kg with full fuel (1,520 lb)
Length: 11.40 m (37.4 ft)
Wingspan: 13.56 m (44.5 ft)
Height: 4.06 m (13.3 ft)
Wing area: 22.0 m² (237 sq ft)
Empty weight: 2250 kg (4,960 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 3452 kg (7,610 lb)
Fuel capacity: 620 l (160 US gal)
- Maximum speed: 191 kts (354 km/h)
Cruise speed: 175 kts (324 km/h)
Stall speed: 60 kts (110 km/h)
Range: 620 nm (1,150 km)
Rate of climb: 1600 ft/min (8.1 m/s) Single engine climb: 2 m/s (390 ft/min)
Wing loading: 136 kg/m² (28 lb/sq ft)
Fuel consumption: 36.2 US gallons per hour (137 l/h) cruising, 0.21 gal/nm