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Back in the ’70s and ’80s, there were nearly two dozen twins on the market. Today, the piston-twin market has been whittled down to a mere handful of airplanes. Surprisingly, there’s even a new entry in the light- twin market.
Why not, someone in Italy reasoned, build a scaled-down, four-seat version of the Partenavia P68, and use a pair of water-cooled Rotax 912S engines to power it? That someone was Professor Luigi Pascale, more than coincidentally, the designer of the Partenavia. With only 98 hp per side, you might imagine the Tecnam P2006T would be underpowered. Not really. At 2,599 pounds gross, it weighs less than a Piper Arrow or Mooney, both of which grossed at least 100 pounds more and use a single 200 hp Lycoming for motive force. Climb on the P2006T is 1,140 fpm, and cruise is 140 knots (about the same as the Arrow). Perhaps best of all, the diminutive Rotax engines collectively sip about the same fuel as an Arrow, 10 gph, and can burn car gas. Imagine flying a twin trainer with the operating costs of a Mooney. Price: $459,600, delivered to the U.S.