Airlines have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of 'heritage' airplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category currently in service around the world, as many are now coming to the end of their useful commercial life.
With the introduction of the P2012 Traveller, Tecnam is ensuring that not only are passenger demands for comfort and safety met but that potential operators purchasing the P2012 Traveller are now able to afford an airplane with significantly improved direct operating costs, more efficient maintenance routines and an appreciation for ensuring that the industry takes into account global environmental considerations such as the need for lower fuel burn and less noise emissions.
Lycoming has developed a six cylinder, four stroke piston engine, the TEO-540-A1A to power the P2012 Traveller. Each of the two Lycoming TEO-540-A1A engines offers 350 horsepower.
The piston Lycoming TEO-540-A1A engines have been specifically selected by Tecnam to power the P2012 Traveller as the best support operators flying as economically as possible, short hops at lower, unpressurized altitudes and with a high number of cycles.
Tecnam P2012 Traveller operators will have the option of utilizing both MOGAS and AVGAS, thus enabling the Tecnam P2012 Traveller to provide air services to as many locations as possible. Its twin engines ensure safe and reliable operation, whether it be over long over-water legs or rough terrain, with a fuel system featuring two fuel tanks integral with the wing box with a capacity of 159 gallons, burning less that 30 gallons per hour at a cruise speed of 160 knots.
Potential operators have also demanded a new airplane that requires minimal maintenance, so the P2012 Traveller's fixed robust landing gear is practically maintenance free. With over 100 Tecnam Service Centers in place around the world, our operators are assure of exemplary support.
Tecnam's reputation for innovation and styling is also very evident in the cabin environment too. Taking into account the latest ergonomic and anthropometric studies, seat pitch has been set at a very comfortable 32 inches. Individual vent outlets are provided for each passenger and there is a heating system that has been deigned to warm the cabin uniformly. There are two very spacious baggage compartments allowing 70.6 cu ft of space.
"Ultimately operators have been demanding a next generation airplane that can deliver not only profits but reliability, efficiency and of course passenger comfort. The Tecnam design team have answered all these needs in developing the P2012 Traveller, one of the first new FAR23/CS23 airplanes in 25 years!" said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's Managing Director. "The P2012 Traveller builds on our commitment to continue to develop outstanding, stylish, innovative and affordable airplanes. For the Tecnam team, designing and building airplanes isn't just a job, it's an extension of our passion for flying."
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller will first see service as a passenger airplane but has been designed from the start to be a very versatile and flexible aerial platform, offering many multi role opportunities including VIP, cargo shipping, parachuting, and medivac services.