Posted on: 09 January 2018 by Mark Thomas
Tecnam’s second P2012 Traveller twin-prop aircraft has carried out its successful first flight.
The aircraft, 100 of which have been ordered by US regional airline Cape Air for delivery starting in 2019, took to the sky on 22 December. The Italian manufacturer says the aircraft (serial number 002) will be configured as the ‘Conforming Production Aircraft’ and act as the template for all P2012 customer production aircraft.
The first 11-seater P2012 Traveller prototype first flew in July 2016 and since then has accumulated more than 250 flight test hours. The second aircraft further enables Tecnam’s flight test and development teams to stay on track for both EASA and FAA certification this year, in order to start delivery of the first 20 during 2019.
The Traveller is equipped with latest avionics from Garmin, the new G1000 Nxi, and is powered by two 375 HP Lycoming piston engines. It is planned to enter short-haul revenue service with Massachusetts-based Cape Air, which serves 39 destinations in the US, Caribbean and Micronesia, early in 2019.
“We are pleased to have achieved this significant milestone. The tremendous worldwide interest and demand for the P2012 keeps us focused on staying on track with the development and certification program,” said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s CEO.