It’s a sidewalk-egg-frying, breath-gasping hot Southeastern U.S. day, and I’ve been photographing the brand-new Tecnam Echo Light out on the hot tarmac. I’m sweating like a budding comic about to come on after a killer set by Robin Williams, wondering if I’m up to making the demo flight. Then memory kicks in: This is a Tecnam. Relax. Every Tecnam I’ve flown (this will be my fourth model) has been a cupcake. Why should the Light be any different?
The Pleasures Of Tecnam
My host pilot is CFI Todd Kallenbach. I climb in, pleased as always with the comfy, attractively stitched (and adjustable) Tecnam seat. True, it’s a no-frills, budget-conscious airplane that doesn’t ooze the Ferrari-like luxury of the Italian company’s P2008 cruiser or new Astore. You can spiff it up with cosmetics and digital avionics, but if your bottom line is cost, you’ll appreciate the tidy, lightly populated analog panel for what it offers: good old recreational flying without “texting-while-driving” distractions.