Tecnam Partners With Chinese Manufacturer

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Tecnam will build three of its models in China for the growing training and travel markets there, the Italian company announced early Saturday. Under an agreement with Liaoning United Aviation, Shenyang Aircraft Co., manufacturing will start with the twin-engine Tecnam P2006T, which has been certified by China’s Civil Aviation Authority. Other models to follow are single-engine: the two-seat 2008JC and the four-seat P2010, which are going through the certification process there. Manufacturing will be based at LUSY’s Faque Airport and serve customers in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

The growing demand for pilot training in China is driving Tecnam’s expansion there. “This cooperation between Tecnam and LUSY is primarily in place to support the need to develop and train a new generation of skilled pilots exclusively for China,” Tecnam said. Paolo Pascale, Tecnam managing director, said the move will allow the company to provide quality service and support for that market. “We expect to see hundreds of Tecnam aeroplanes roll off the LUSY production facility over the next few years,” he said.