Tecnam P2012 Traveller certified
In late December EASA awarded full type certification to the eleven-seat Tecnam P2012 Traveller twin. US FAA approval is expected to follow shortly, and the first customer delivery will be made to Hyannis, Massachusetts-based regional airline Cape Air.
The Traveller project was announced in 2015, and the first prototype made its maiden flight in July 2016. The two aircraft used in the certification programme have flown a total of 600 hours in the hands of Tecnam test pilot Lorenzo De Stefano. They included sorties in severe environments, in real icing conditions and very high temperatures, at altitudes and speeds not usually met in everyday operations, testing diving speeds and flutter conditions. Particular care has been focussed on cabin safety, evacuation and fire protection tests, going further than the EASA CS-23 and US FAR 23 requirements and reaching commuter category standards for aircraft carrying up to nineteen passengers, while for other features, such as seating safety, Tecnam met the more restrictive FAR 25 rules. Production aircraft are being built at Tecnam’s new stateof-the-art facilities in Capua.
Tecnam Chief Executive Officer Paolo Pascale commented: “The EASA certification of the Traveller marks a significant milestone for my team – our very first commuter airline aircraft. We have embraced new challenges and developed new skills. I am very proud to lead one of the most innovative and growing global aviation companies, and I dedicate this important achievement to brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale who started all this in 1948.”
Artwork showing the Traveller in lauch customer Cape Air’s colours
Travellers on the line at Capua
State-of-the-art glass cockpit