May 3, 2017, Sebring, Florida—Last Thursday Sebring Airport Authority (SAA) and the City of Sebring were hosts to Chinese Delegates from the Aero Sport Association (ASA) in Anyang City, Henan Province in the People’s Republic of China. The purpose of the meeting was to further develop the relationship between the two countries’ aviation industries and the cities of Sebring and Anyang. Anyang has established relationships with only 28 other cities worldwide. Read more
Tecnam’s P2010, featured in the September 2015 issue of AOPA Pilot, has received certification in Europe for the Garmin G500 IFR avionics suite. The four-seat, high-wing aircraft is fully certified and priced at $345,000, an introductory price that is now permanent.
The first delivery of the aircraft was in Europe in December 2014. The aircraft is offered in the United States only with the G1000 avionics suite, but the G500 might be offered at a later time. There is no timetable for including the G500 as a U.S. option.
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.
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