Tec­nam P2012 Trav­eller cer­ti­fied

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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

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