July 15, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
Tecnam has announced a new four-seat single-engine model called the P2010. Known mostly as a light sport aircraft manufacturer in the United States, Italy’s Tecnam has also recently rolled out a twin and other LSA models. The P2010 will be the company’s first certified single.
The aircraft will be a high-wing with carbon-fiber construction over the fuselage and metal wings. It will feature a Lycoming IO-360-M1A rated to 180 horsepower. It is expected to cruise 133 knots at 75 percent power. Tecnam says the airplane will be capable of taking off in a little more than 800 feet and land in slightly more than 650 feet. The useful load is expected to be 992 pounds, with an expected fuel capacity of 46.2 gallons.
No price has been given for the airplane, and there’s no expected certification date. The airplane is scheduled to be unveiled at AERO 2011 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April 2011.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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