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Flying since '48

Tecnam celebrates milestone

Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam is commemorating 75 years of aviation innovation since the Pascale brothers built the first Astore P48 in 1948.

The Pascale brothers. Photo courtesy of Tecnam.

The P48 took its first flight in 1951 after the brothers assembled a working engine from four engines found at a flea market.

Six years later, Partenavia was founded with the goal of producing single-engine high- and low-wing aircraft like the P57 for flight schools and flying clubs across Italy.

The company gained international notoriety with the development of its six-place, twin-engine aircraft, the P68, which took its first flight in 1970. Now known as the Vulcanair P68, it is still in production today.

In 1986 the company established Tecnam Aircraft to begin producing parts for major international players like Boeing, ATR, and Agusta-Westland. In 1990, Tecnam’s current CEO, Paolo Pascale, pushed for the design of the P92, an ultralight aircraft that sold over 2,600 units. Since then, the company has become known for its popular twin-engine P2006T; two-seat P2008; four-seat P2010; and upscale twin-engine, seven- to nine-seat heavy hauler P2012.

Tecnam manufactures over 85 percent of its aircraft in one of its three production facilities in Italy or subsidiaries in Sebring, Florida, and Brisbane, Australia, which the company says increases quality and on-time deliveries. The company operates in more than 65 countries and has over 175 dealers and service centers, and hopes to expand its global presence and enter new markets soon.

Inspired by his family’s contributions to the aviation industry, Tecnam Managing Director Giovanni Pascale said, “My career at Tecnam started almost 13 years ago; having been a mechanic and a metal sheet worker, I appreciate our aircraft's engineering and simplicity. Flying the Tecnam aircraft, I had the opportunity to appreciate the amazing flying characteristics of our fleet. Implementing my experience in our manufacturing process, sales, and service, it’s a family tradition founded on passion and heritage. A lifetime commitment focused on innovation and consistency, 75 years in aviation is a tremendous achievement. We look forward to what lies ahead for Tecnam and our customers.”

Niki Britton
eMedia Content Producer
eMedia Content Producer Niki Britton joined AOPA in 2021. She is a private pilot who enjoys flying her 1969 Cessna 182 and taking aerial photographs.
Topics: Tecnam Aircraft, Multiengine Piston, Single-Engine Piston

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