Tecnam today announced that the production of the first TECNAM P2012 “Traveller” is progressing well on its Experimental Assembly Line (XAL) in Capua, Italy, with roll-out scheduled for Q4 2015
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller is an eleven seat next generation piston engine twin, designed to comply with both FAR part 23 and EASA CS-23.
First verification tests of the preliminary P2012 design on the main aircraft elements such as the fuselage and tail planes has confirmed the excellent parameter declared on the initial production program, underscoring the Tecnam leadership team’s confidence in an on-time development, production, flight test and delivery programme.
Many airlines, from US to Africa, Asia and Australia, have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ aeroplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category currently in service around the world.
Tecnam’s Head of R&D, Prof. Luigi Pascale has designed the P2012 Traveller to enable operators to benefit from very low operating and maintenance costs in particular. Built to operative on even non-prepared runways, with easy and fast turnaround.
The P2012 Traveller has been designed to have high wing, fixed gear and two Lycoming TEO piston engines. Tecnam anticipates the P2012 delivering unbeatable Direct Operating Costs too.
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller will first see service as a passenger aeroplane but has been designed from the start to be a very versatile and flexible aerial platform, offering many multi role opportunities including Hydro, VIP, cargo shipping, parachuting and medevac services.
Initial flight-testing is expected by beginning of next year, as is the opening of the new P2012 Traveller production facility in Capua, Italy.
The P2012 Traveller is powered by two Lycoming engines (350 HP, turbocharged, six-cylinder, direct-drive, horizontally opposed, air-cooled, avgas or mogas feeded ) mounted on the wings.
Next generation engines with alternate fuels approved.
The general features of the aircraft are coming from market requirements. The P2012 is characterized by a very comfortable fuselage cabin to accommodate up to 9 pax and 1/2 pilots and will be equipped with two piston Lycoming TEO-series engines rated 350 hp each, mogas/avgas capable. The new airliner has been designed to comply with both FAR part 23 and EASA CS-23.
The research activity was addressed toward a general aerodynamic analysis and a deep investigation on some particular effects (such as the wing-fuselage interference or the nacelle lift contribution and their effect on wing span loading). The aerodynamic analysis was also essential to have an accurate estimation of aircraft stability and control derivatives (both longitudinal and lateral- directional) and to lead to a correct sizing of tail surfaces.
Particular care has been also posed to the winglets design which have been designed mainly to improve the climb performance in one engine inoperative condition.
The sizing of the P2012 has been accomplished through the use of fine methodologies and approach.
The design has been accomplished starting from the following design specifications:
a) Easy cabin access via wide doors and superior cabin comfort for all passengers; same forward and side space for all passengers
b) Spacious luggage compartment
c) Reduced take-off run
d) Cruise flight speed of about 175 Kts at flight altitude of 10.000 ft
e) Higher than 600 nm range
BASIC EMPTY WEIGHT 2000 kg (4409 lbs)
OPERATIONAL EMPTY WEIGHT (PILOT & PILOT’S LUGGAGE) 2110 kg (4652 lbs)
MTOW 3290 kg (7253 lbs)
MAX LANDING WEIGHT 3126 kg (6890 lbs)
RAMP WEIGHT 3305 kg (7286 lbs)
ZERO FUEL WEIGHT 3010 kg (6636 lbs)
WING LOADING 130 kg/m2 (26.6 lbs/ft2)
POWER LOADING 4.7 kg/hp (10.4 lbs/hp)
PAYLOAD ( 2 hours fuel + reserve) 900 kg (1987 lbs)
PAYLOAD (max fuel) 770 kg (1700 lbs)
FUEL CAPACITY 620 lt (164 gals)
P2012 Traveller will show a drastic reduction of costs due to the fixed landing gear configuration, that requires lower maintenance. Tecnam is usually 20% less than competitors in airframe maintenance.
The access to aircraft systems (electrical, conditioning etc. cc.) will be immediate, allowing a rapid maintenance and reducing the manhour rate used for ordinary and unexpected maintenance.
Next generation FADEC controlled engines will allow to save fuel and go green, also allowing the use of different types of fuels, lowering drastically the variable costs per flight hours.
The result of this will be a 35 up to 50$ per hour less D.O.C. and 67 up to 82$ per hour less D.O.C. considering mogas operations*
*Increment of 20% specific fuel consumption has been taken into account in the evaluation.
P2012 takes only 4 minutes more to cover the same distance with one more seat, 35 up to 50$ less hourly DOC and up to 82$ less DOC including Mogas opportunity. Passengers enjoy on P2012 a comfortable flight while the airline company will save 35 up to 82$ per hour of DOC.
Cessna 402 vs Tecnam P2012 Cabin Comparison
The easier cabin access is given by the high-wing configuration which also allows the propellers and engines to have high clearance from the ground and so no damages on semi prepared surfaces. Due to the high wing configuration is also possible to always guarantee a small CoG travel for various payload combinations.
Easy cabin access and high level of cabin comfort leads to an internal design also for some alternative internal arrangements such as cargo, medivac, VIP, etc.. which will guarantee the commercial success of the aircraft through easy reconfiguration for different possible applications. A spacious luggage compartment has been considered by Tecnam and placed in the rear part of the cabin (see figure) in addition with the front radome luggage compartment.