TECNAM's Future Certified Four-Seater

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TECNAM has sold over 3,000 aircraft (mostly in Europe) and says it will debut its first single slated for certification, a new four-seat strutted high-wing, the P2010, at AERO 2011 in Friedrischafen, Germany, though certification may follow later. The future four-seater will feature a carbon-fiber fuselage with metal wings and a metal "full flying" tail. It will be powered by Lycoming's 180-hp "light" IO-360-M1a engine. Performance goals for the P2010 include a 133-knot cruise, a 1050 feet-per-minute rate of climb and a 660-nm range. The company says the aircraft will have a 46.2-gallon fuel capacity and a useful load of just over 990 pounds. It's aiming for an 800-foot takeoff roll and landings that need almost 150 feet less. TECNAM says it "has always paid great attention to comfort" in the cabin, and occupants of the P2010 will enjoy a 3.9-foot cabin width. Pricing has not been set.

The Italian company has been around since 1948. Of its more than 3,000 aircraft produced, roughly 120 are flying in the U.S., according to LSA expert Dan Johnson. TECNAM's lineup currently includes several LSA models and one light twin. Of those, the P2010 shares most resemblance with the P2008, which launched earlier this year.