November 16, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Tecnam’s P2006T twin-engine airplane has received certification from the FAA. There is one aircraft in the country and it will now be delivered from Virginia, where a dealer is located, to a flight school and dealer in Watsonville, Calif.
The FAA action clears the way for customers in the United States to purchase and operate the aircraft. The aircraft was featured in a recent issue of AOPA Pilot . Twin Rotax engines power the $449,900 airplane (price includes a $25,000 delivery fee from Italy).
“We see the Tecnam P2006T Next-Generation twin as a real game changer,’’ said Phil Solomon, CEO of Tecnam North America. With eight dealers in place throughout the USA and other applications in process, the achievement of full FAA certification allows us to deliver a twin airplane for the price of a high performance single. Next stop, Canadian certification, too.’’
“I am delighted that the FAA’s certification of the Tecnam P2006T Next-Generation twin results in this wonderful airplane now being available for sale through all our 50 worldwide distributors,’’ said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s managing director. I am especially grateful to the Tecnam certification and production teams. It’s a remarkable achievement. We have already delivered over 50 P2006T Next-Generation twins and with over 100 more on order, we have now accelerated production to meet this unprecedented demand and we are now delivering a Tecnam P2006T every five days, establishing Tecnam as the world’s number one for light twin airplane deliveries.’’
Tecnam North America had incorrectly reported in April that the P2006T had received its FAA certificate, an error the company said was due to a mistranslation in communication with the Italian manufacturer.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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