Cape Air first to fly Tec­nam P2012 Trav­eller

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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).

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