Tecnam P2010 Makes First Flight
April 13, 2012 - Just in time for next week's AERO Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Tecnam's new P2010 made "a faultless first flight," according to the company, on Thursday, April 12. The flight took place at Tecnam's production facility at Capua, Italy. The P2010 is a four-place single with all-carbon-fiber fuselage, metal wings and stabilator, and powered by the 180-hp Lycoming IO-360-M1a ("Lycoming Light") engine.
Tecnam test pilot Marco Locatelli took off at 16.42 UTC for a 30-minute flight, the company said. He reported that "behavior appears safe and predictable in all investigated speed initial envelope, flight controls are precise and effective, attitudes can be attained with a sufficient precision of 1-2 degrees on all axes." He added that level flight is easily kept once on trim, excellent outer view allows the pilot to have good horizon visual references, and the Garmin PFD provides superb attitude and situational awareness cues, according to Tecnam.
According to Tecnam figures, the P2010 has a MTOW of 2,557 pounds, useful load of nearly 1,000 pounds, 1,050 fpm climb rate, max speed of 140 kts, and a cruise of 133 kts. Its 55-gallon fuel capacity gives it a maximum range of 660 nautical miles, with a cruise range (75 percent power) of 545 nautical miles. The company intends to market the aircraft for cross-country flying as well as the flight training industry.
"It's been an extraordinarily successful and exciting time for the Tecnam design, production, and flight-test teams" said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam managing director. "The Tecnam P2010 further exhibits our commitment to innovation, style, and advanced technology and is yet another extension of our passion for flying."
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