Tecnam twin wins European certification
A four-seat Tecnam P2006T multiengine airplane powered by two Rotax 912S engines has won certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). FAA certification is expected by the summer, perhaps in time for the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., where the aircraft will debut on the first day.
The P2006T has retractable gear and carries 53 gallons of fuel. Tecnam, better known in the United States as a provider of single-engine light sport aircraft, is offering the twin as an alternative multiengine trainer.
The price has not been announced in U.S. dollars. Tecnam U.S. distributor Lynne Birmingham gave an estimate of the target price of the aircraft with an analog cockpit: 282,500 Euros, which converts to $401,170 (USD) (June 4 exchange rate). However, that price does not include shipping and additional inspections by government agencies. The Garmin G950 glass cockpit model, to be certified next, will add an additional 49,000 Euros, or $70,000.
The P2006T certified by EASA has an analog cockpit, but the first one to appear in this country will have a Garmin G950 glass cockpit. The aircraft is claimed to have a cruise speed of 140 KIAS and a 903-pound useful load, leaving more than 500 pounds for passengers and baggage.
June 4, 2009