Tecnam, an Italian aircraft manufacturer has announced the first flight of the P2012 Traveller.
Under the control of Experimental Test Pilot Lorenzo De Stefano, the Tecnam P2012 performed a faultless set of maneuvers in front of a very proud Tecnam workforce.
“After a smooth take-off, I climbed to a safe height to perform our pre-planned maneuvers to check the basic behavior of the aircraft, engine and flight controls. The aircraft responded exactly as expected. After a couple of circuits around the airfield, I landed and the Traveller stopped in a very short distance. I am really excited about the Traveller program.” said Lorenzo De Stefano.
The arrival of the next-generation 11 seat P2012 Traveller has been very much anticipated by many airlines, from the USA to Africa, Asia and Australia, who have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ airplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category currently in service around the world.