From Professor Luigi Pascale comes the latest addition to the TECNAM Fleet, the TECNAM P2010.
Bringing together an advanced technology all carbon fiber fuselage with a metal wing and stabilator based on the best of TECNAM's recent P2006T Twin and P2008 offerings, this single engine, four seat airplane is planned to be ready for production in the last quarter 2012.
Utilizing both carbon fiber and metal has allowed Professor Pascale to optimize aerodynamic quality and reliability.
Carbon fiber ensures smooth surfaces and allows for an elegance and styling you would expect from Italy. Metal is used for the wing and stabilator to provide further strength and stability.
Powered by a Lycoming IO-360-M1a ("Lycoming Light") engine, providing 180hp and 2700rpm. The wing is based on the well-proven NACA63A airfoil. Through partial tapering, the design brings it close to the optimal lift distribution (elliptical).
The all movable type (stabilator) horizontal tail, a trademark of all TECNAM airplanes, allows for excellent control ability and "hands off" longitudinal stability.
The nose gear is free castering and consists of a tubular steel leg connected to the lower engine mount attachments and is braced by a rubber shock absorber. The landing gear is also faired to minimize drag, while ground steering is by differential braking.
The TECNAM P2010 has a high fuel capacity, 46.2imp. gal. The fuel tanks are installed in the wing box, behind the main spar, to preserver their integrity in case of an accident. Of course carbon fiber equals a lighter and therefor more fuel efficient airplane.