Long dis­tance Trav­ellers

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The first two of 100 Tec­nam P2012 Trav­ellers or­dered by US op­er­a­tor and launch cus­tomer Cape Air ar­rived in the USA at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber af­ter a 4,000nm ferry flight that took them from the fac­tory in Ca­pua via fuel stops in the Nether­lands, Scot­land, Ice­land, Green­land and Canada to the air­line’s Mas­sachusetts base. In ad­di­tion to the Trav­eller’s stan­dard 750-litre fuel tanks they each car­ried a 450-litre col­lapsi­ble tank in their rear fuse­lages.

Com­mand­ing one of the air­craft was 28-year-old Gio­vanni Pas­cale, grand­son of one of the com­pany’s found­ing broth­ers. He flew with co-pi­lot Elio Rullo, while Cap­tain Vito Preti and tech­ni­cian An­to­nio Covino flew the other air­craft. On ar­rival at Barnstable Air­port in Hyan­nis, Mas­sachusetts, they were greeted by Cape

Air Founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Dan Wolf, Pres­i­dent Linda Markham and Se­nior Vice-pres­i­dent, Fleet Plan­ning and Ac­qui­si­tions James God­dard.

‘The crewmem­bers were kept con­stantly busy dur­ing the flight,’ Tec­nam says. ‘In the air they were hy­per alert, fly­ing around the weather in very tough and some­times chal­leng­ing conditions, and when on the ground there was no time to rest or eat, they were re­fu­elling and fil­ing flight plans, then get­ting back in the air as quickly as pos­si­ble to take ad­van­tage of the weather. But it was a very re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the Tec­nam crew, chas­ing the sun from one coun­try to another, right across the world, with breath­tak­ing land­scapes and stun­ning to­pog­ra­phy along the way, es­pe­cially cross­ing the Labrador Sea be­tween Green­land and Canada.’

One of launch cus­tomer Cape Air’s first two Tec­nam Trav­ellers en route to the USA dur­ing the long 4,000nm ferry flight

Gio­vanni Pas­cale (wear­ing fly­ing over­alls) is greeted by Cape Air ex­ec­u­tives

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