Excerpted from Flight Global~
An approach by two military organizations drove Tecnam to launch an evaluation of a two-seat, single-engine jet aircraft for the trainer market, says Tecnam director of US sales Shannon Yeager.
Tecnam has signed non-disclosure agreements with the militaries involved in the P-Jet project, so cannot yet reveal their identities. Yeager says only that neither military organisation is American.
The Italian-based general aviation manufacturer launched initial conceptual studies in May. That should be followed in 2016 by the launch of a design criteria phase, he says. A formal schedule has not been released, but generally-speaking Tecnam usually delivers a new aircraft about 3.5 years from program launch, he says.
Italy-based Tecnam created a U.S. corporation a year ago, called Tecnam U.S. The strategy is a major change in how the company views the market, said Shannon Yeager, director of sales in the U.S. The U.S. is the general-aviation industry’s largest market.
Of its worldwide fleet of 4,000 Tecnam aircraft, 300 are in the U.S., Yeager said. It currently produces 40 aircraft a month in its Italian facilities.
As sales for the P2010 grows, Tecnam plans to expand its 25,000 sq. ft. reassembly facility in Sebring, Florida, and perform final assembly at the site, Yeager said. That would reduce costs on U.S.-delivered aircraft.
Tecnam receivedcertification for the P2010, which has a composite fuselage and metal wings, a year ago. It hopes to receive certification for the aircraft in October with first deliveries to follow at the end of 2015 or in early 2016.
The company will begin taking deposits from U.S. customers for the $345,000 aircraft during AirVenture, Yeager said.
So far Tecnam has delivered 25 of the aircraft to customers in Europe.
The P2010 on display at Oshkosh was built at Tecnam’s Italian facility as a production aircraft. The company has orders for 60 aircraft.
Yeager said he can access two to four P2010s a month out of Tecnam’s European production for U.S. deliveries.
Long-term, the aircraft has room for more horsepower and more capability, which would include an amphibious model, he said. It can carry 62 gallons of fuel, and boasts 2-1/2 hr endurance with four passengers.
Michael Elkaim, President, FLG Technics of Davie, FL opened their new business, FLG Teardowns, in Sebring Regional Airport’s Hangar 60 this past September.
FLG Teardowns will handle everything from aircraft parts distribution through dismantling, as well as materials recycling for unused parts. Says Elkaim, “Aerospace leaders are developing new strategies for management of end-of-life aircraft.”
As the international aerospace community continues its focus on environmental issues and landfill regulations mount, asset owners are looking for efficient, revenue building and environmentally sound methods for aircraft disposal. From parts distribution, to dismantling, through materials recycling, aerospace leaders are developing new strategies for management of end-of-life aircraft. Elkaim has capitalized on this very important aspect of the aerospace industry by opening a teardown facility at the Sebring Regional Airport.
Explains Elkaim, “With an estimated 12,000 aircraft retiring in the next two decades, aircraft recycling offers a broad range of opportunities for expanding aerospace business, while at the same time recycling the bi-products of aging aircraft.”
In the near future, with the support of Sebring Regional Airport (SRA) the new facility will include an aircraft-painting hangar, and full MRO of components and composites, landing gear, and Auxiliary Power Units,
Currently, Elkaim has an 18-24 month plan with the support of SRA, which includes the expansion of one of Sebring’s Runways to accommodate larger aircraft such as the B767 or A320. FLG plans to set up a heavy maintenance facility to support “C” and “D” checks on these aircraft in new state-of-the-art hangars. Required C&D checks are mandated by aircraft manufacturers and regulated by the FAA.
Elkaim is a 20 plus year veteran in aircraft parts repair and distribution. He started as a technical materials planner for a commercial airline in the 80’s and later moved into material sales from 1993 to 1998. In 1998, Elkaim started Flight Logistics Repair Group, recently renamed FLG Technics. Jose Rodriguez, an integral part of the FLG Teardowns team, also brings his considerable knowledge and expertise to this new venture. He has over 15 years experience in aircraft heavy maintenance, engine Boroscopes, engine removals and installation and performance runs.
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emerge within 24 months as a medical manufacturing, research and services provider as the result of a 100-acre state catalyst development project at Sebring Regional Airport. Highlands County, strategically located within a two-hour drive from 13.5 million residents in three South Florida DMAs, combines 21st Century professionalism in an unspoiled rural setting. The 100 acre medical complex will be located in the 2,000 acre business campus adjacent to the Sebring Regional Airport. The complex will complement the county’s two major hospitals and numerous clinics, assisted living facilities and physician offices.
2nd Saturday of every month— Enjoy our Pancake Breakfasts at the Airport.*
Donation: $5 per person
After breakfast fuel your aircraft and get $5 off your fuel bill.
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*Pancake Breakfast Drive-in/Fly-in begins in October and continues through March/April
Rural Economic Development Catalyst Project
The Sebring Regional Airport Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is the only CRA on an airport in the country and provides unique economic development opportunities. The incentives through the CRA cannot be provided by other airports. This airport is the top location for a Rural Economic Development Catalyst Project in this region. The state legislature has provided $2 million to help three rural regions, including Sebring Regional Airport.We also have grant programs to assist permitting, design, engineering, and construction of needed infrastructure for research & development and other medical manufacturing.
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Florida has the third largest pilot population in the United States and great year around flying weather. This mall concept takes advantage of these two positives providing a centralized sales location.
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The creation of an appealing environment to help draw in the customer is not new.
What is new is this: The creation of attractive structures that will be pleasing to look at and work in. These sales centers will recall an earlier time in aviation when hangers were special places where amazing flying machines lived, not just a steel building with a big door.
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