Cape Air first to fly Tecnam P2012 Traveller
Tecnam announced formal aircraft delivery negotiations with Cape Air on 14 November when key members of Cape Air’s leadership team visited Tecnam’s Capua, Italy assembly facility. Dan Wolf, Cape Air’s CEO and Founder was the first non-tecnam pilot to fly the P2012 Traveller, accompanied by Tecnam test pilot, Lorenzo De Stefano. “This aircraft is so easy to fly. With the performance numbers we see today we are happy to offer our customers a new generation airplane that will both raise the level of in-flight comfort and safety and lower the costs of operations and fleet maintenance,” said Dan Wolf.
Tecnam is aiming for EASA and FAA certification by 2018. Since the maiden flight in July a further ten static tests have been performed, and the prototype has accumulated more than 45 flight hours during sixty test flights. Initial results have enabled Tecnam to increase the Maximum Take Off Weight to 3,600kg (7,937lb).