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Tecnam P2012s storming US market

Cape Air plans to begin passenger flights with its fleet of new Tecnam P2012s in early December. The airline has three aircraft now at its Hyannis, Massachusetts, base where pilot training is underway; a fourth is set to join the fleet this week from the Tecnam factory in Italy. The regional airline placed an order for 100 of the aircraft as part of a joint effort with Tecnam to develop the piston twin.

Photo courtesy of Tecnam.

The project started in 2011 as Cape Air sought a replacement for its fleet of aging Cessna 402s, which have provided short-haul flights for the carrier for decades. The result was the P2012, which can carry as many as nine passengers and bags plus a pilot. The new model received FAA certification in August. It is powered by a pair of full authority digital engine control-managed Lycoming engines and boasts a Garmin G1000 cockpit. The engines are designed to run on unleaded fuel once a viable solution becomes available.

Shannon Yeager, Tecnam director of sales, said the cockpit is designed for pilots getting their first commercial job.

While Cape Air has the bulk of the orders, Tecnam has 35 to 40 orders from other companies with more in the works. The company is developing cargo and combination cargo/passenger versions of the aircraft as well and two different medevac options. Yeager said a base airplane can be purchased for about $2.6 million. Deicing and air conditioning systems, for example, would be extra. On a typical round trip with legs of about 100 miles, the operating costs total between $391 and $404 per hour, he estimated.

Tecnam plans to produce 25 P2012s in 2020 and 35 in 2021.

Thomas B. Haines

Thomas B Haines

Contributor (former Editor in Chief)
Contributor and former AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.
Topics: National Business Aviation Association

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