From its Experimental Assembly Line in Capua, Italy, TECNAM rolled out its first P2012 Traveller, a joint development project between TECNAM and Cape Air, with international collaboration that includes Lycoming for the aircraft’s engines and Garmin for avionics.
An 11-seat piston-engine twin, the P2012 Traveller is designed to comply with FAR Part 23 and EASA CS-23. Aimed at regional short-haul transportation operators, in particular, the prototype was powered by a pair of Lycoming TEO-540-C1A engines for its first taxi.
First flight for the next-gen commuter is scheduled for June 2016, according to the TECNAM website.
TECNAM traces its roots back to Italian brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale, who developed and produced innovative aircraft after the end of World War II, and have continued to create original models under the name Partenavia. Established in 1986, Costruzioni Aeronautiche TECNAM now operates in three production facilities. The Capua facility is located adjacent to the Oreste Salomone Airport. The Casoria facility is located adjacent to Naples Capodichino Airport. A new facility recently was established in Sebring, Florida, to support the needs of TECNAM North American-based owners and operators.
Based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Air, now in its 26th year, is one of the largest regional airlines in the United States, annually flying over 686,000 passengers to destinations around the world.