April 26, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
There was cause for celebration in Italy recently. Tecnam’s P2010 four-seat, clean-sheet airplane successfully flew for the first time on April 12 in Capua. ( See video of the flight.)
The P2010 was announced a few years ago. It’s Tecnam’s first entry into the certificated single-engine market in the United States, and the company claims 50 worldwide orders thus far for the airplane. The P2010 features a carbon-fiber fuselage, metal wings, a Lycoming IO-360, and a range of avionics options. According to Tecnam, the airplane is expected to cruise at around 130 knots.
Test pilot Marco Locatelli said after the flight that, “The P2010’s behavior appears safe and predictable in all investigated speed initial envelope, flight controls are precise and effective.”
The airplane is expected to be certified in the United States by the end of the year.
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.
The GACE Flying Club, which grew from a club for Grumman employees, prides itself on offering members low-cost, safe flying and social events.
Crosswinds Aviation partners with Michigan’s Howell High School and the Young Eagles to create a GA education program.