The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Tecnam full Type Certificate to the P2012 Traveller with the number A00076CE for Part 23 of the FAA Regulations.
Tecnam says it is now on track to commence deliveries to aviation companies across the globe, beginning with the first 20 of the one hundred P2012 Travellers eagerly awaited by Cape Air in Massachusetts, U. S.
The first few P2012 Travellers, already produced and ready to go, will fly from Capua to the Cape Air base in Hyannis, Mass. in the upcoming weeks.
Powered by two 375 HP turbo-charged Lycoming engines, the Tecnam P2012 Traveller features a modern design and state-of-the-art equipment, allowing single-pilot operations, depending on individual country regulations. The aircraft’s simple and easily accessed airframe and systems, fixed landing gear, robust interiors and easy-to-replace parts, result in high efficiency and low maintenance costs. These attributes, and many more, make it the ideal aircraft for regional airlines.
Tecnam is banking on the arrival into service of the next-generation 11-seat, twin-engine P2012 Traveller as being much anticipated by a large number of airlines, who have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ aeroplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category currently in service around the world. The company believes this aircraft is set to open many profitable opportunities in short haul transportation.
“The FAA certification of the P2012 Traveller marks a significant milestone for the Tecnam team, our very first commuter airline aircraft,” Giovanni Pascale, Tecnam’s managing director, says. “We have embraced new challenges and developed new skills. I am very proud, together with my father Paolo, to lead one of the most innovative and growing global aviation companies. We dedicate this important achievement to Luigi and Giovanni Pascale, the two brothers, my grandfather and my great-uncle, who started all this in 1948.”