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.