A relative newcomer to the scene, the Tecnam P2010 is a four-seat, fixed-gear general-purpose single with a carbon-fiber fuselage and metal wings. The Italian-produced model is one of a number of designs from Tecnam in a number of categories, and the Part 23-certificated 2010 is a compelling product in many ways. When comparing it to existing planes, it’s hard to find an equivalent model. It’s roomy, easy on the eyes, pretty fast at 140 knots, it carries a good useful load (925 pounds), and it has a competitive range at better than 700 nm. The P2010, in many ways, to use well-known models as points of comparison, is more like a Skylane than a Skyhawk, but it’s a plane that’s lighter to the touch and on the controls than the legendary Cessna single. The standard avionics package is the Garmin G500 system, though the G1000 integrated suite is available, as well.
Niche: Fixed-gear trainer/utility
Base Price: $369,000
Competitors: Diamond DA40, Cirrus SR20, Cessna 182 Skylane, Piper Archer
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