From Professor Luigi Pascale comes the latest addition to the TECNAM Fleet the TECNAM P2010.
Bringing together an advanced technology all carbon fibre fuselage with a metal wing and stabilator based on the best of TECNAM’s recent P2006T Twin and P2008offerings, this single engine, 4 seat aeroplane is set to be premiered at AERO 2011 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Utilising both carbon fibre and metal has allowed Professor Pascale to optimise aerodynamic quality and reliability.
Carbon fibre ensures smooth surfaces and allows for an elegance and styling you would expect from Italy. Metal is used for the wing and stabilator to provide further strength and stability.
Powered by a Lycoming IO-360-M1a (‘Lycoming Light’) engine, providing 180HP and 2700RPM. The wing is based on the well-proven NACA63A aerofoil. Through partial tapering, the design brings it close to the optimal lift distribution (elliptical).
The all movable type (stabilator) horizontal tail, a trade mark of all TECNAM aeroplanes, allows for excellent controllability and ‘hands off’ longitudinal stability.
The nose gear is free castoring and consists of a tubular steel leg connected to the lower engine mount attachments and is braced by a rubber shock absorber. The landing gear is also faired to minimise drag, whilst ground steering is by differential braking.
The TECNAM P2010 has a high fuel capacity (210lt, 46.2 imp. gal). The fuel tanks are installed in the wing box, behind the main spar, to preserve their integrity in case of an accident. Of course carbon fibre equals a lighter and therefore more fuel efficient aeroplane.
Tecnam has always paid great attention to comfort for both pilots and passengers. The cabin width also allows for a large instrument panel, with its modular design specifically tailored to allow the customer to fit either an analogue or digital instrumentation package.