Tecnam today announced successful roll-out of the first TECNAM P2012 Traveller from its Experimental Assembly Line (XAL) in Capua (Italy).
In the cockpit of P2012 (serial number 003) were Tecnam Managing Director, Paolo Pascale and Lorenzo De Stefano, Tecnam Experimental Test Pilot ably by key members of launch customer Cape Air’s leadership team, Stan Bernstein – Member, Board of Directors and Jim Goddard – Senior Vice President, Fleet Planning.
The Tecnam Flight Crew powered up the P2012’s pair of Lycoming TEO-540-C1A engines for a successful and smooth taxi onto the Capua ramp.
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.
The joint Tecnam and Cape Air P2012 Traveller development team, including Lycoming for the engines and Garmin for the avionic systems, is a significant international cooperation aiming to deliver both innovation and a step change in air transportation.
Paolo Pascale, Tecnam Managing Director said “Another milestone has achieved. The P2012 Traveller is yet another superlative aircraft designed by Professor Luigi Pascale, with the aim of meeting growing demands of regional short-haul transportation operators in particular. It was a tremendous joy for us, both as airmen and manufacturer to be able to share this unique milestone today’s with the Cape Air leadership team.”
Jim Goddard, Caper Air Senior Vice President, Fleet Planning stated: “Cape Air is committed to working with Tecnam to meet the current development of the P2012 Traveller.
As both a lifelong airplane and aviation enthusiast, taking part in todays P2012 roll out was a special treat that will be remembered for a lifetime. The P2012, with its unique aerodynamic profile and lines, is a flying example when science and art come together so all may enjoy. This aircraft brings the passion and emotion that has existed at Tecnam in 1948 and remains until this day. The P2012 remains on track to meet the future needs of Cape Air and our demanding operating profile. We are excited to continue our work with Tecnam to achieve both of our organizations desired goals.”
TECNAM traces its roots back to the activities of the Italian brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale, who developed and produced innovative aircraft soon after the end of WWII (1948) and have continued ever since to create original models that gained worldwide recognition under the name Partenavia.
Established in March 1986, Costruzioni Aeronautiche TECNAM now operates in three production facilities. The Casoria facility is located adjacent to Naples Capodichino Airport. The Capua facility is located adjacent to the “Oreste Salomone” Airport.
Recently a new facility was established in Sebring, Florida, USA to serve and support the needs of Tecnam North American based owners and operators.
Now in its 26th year, Cape Air is one of the largest regional airlines in the United States, annually flying over 686,000 passengers to destinations around the world including: New England, New York, the Caribbean, the Midwest, Florida, the Bahamas and Micronesia. With a fleet of eighty-four Cessna 402s, two ATR-42s, four Britten-Norman Islanders, and two Cessna Caravan Amphibians, the employee-owned company operates up to 550 flights per day. Based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Air also operates flights under the Nantucket Airlines brand. Cape Air is a codeshare partner with United Airlines in the Caribbean and American Airlines in the Midwest. In Micronesia Cape Air operates as United Express. In addition, Cape Air has ticket and baggage agreements with most major airlines. Cape Air’s unique brand of customer service, MOCHA HAGoTDI,* has earned the airline several accolades, including “One of the Top Ten Small Airlines in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler. The airline has been recognized for outstanding philanthropy in the communities it serves and Cape Air Founder and CEO Dan Wolf was recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award.
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