Tecnam's new P2012 STOL is on track to complete the certification process with EASA by the end of 2023.
The aircraft is designed for short take off and landing (STOL) operations and is specifically engineered to operate at the world's most demanding commercial airports.
All flight tests have confirmed, and in some cases exceeded, the preliminary design performance data. First deliveries to customers will begin in January as the aircraft is already in production.
Addressing the needs of a market niche that has been underdeveloped and unsupported for decades, Tecnam is once again providing a solution for operators seeking a modern, spacious, comfortable and safe yet stylish aircraft with outstanding STOL capabilities. The P2012 STOL is the only twin piston aircraft with short take off and landing capabilities that complies with the latest certification changes. It offers a maximum gross weight of 3,680kg/8,113lb while maintaining a modern design, a wide and comfortable cabin and 11 seats.
The interior is enhanced by a central aisle, a dedicated window for each of the nine passengers, no bench/double seats and the best passenger amenities such as USB ports, cabin air conditioning, individual fresh and hot air outlets, dedicated reading light, seat pockets and cup holders. The interior's design and the superb view provided by the aircraft's high wing configuration provide a 'best-in-class' experience for the flights to typical exotic STOL destinations.
Mission accomplishment and flight safety enhancement pass through a modern cockpit with the latest technology, including G1000 NXi avionics and GFC700 specifically tuned autopilot. Active and connected flight deck (Bluetooth, flight stream, Iridium) and a toolbox of modern aids (Wx radar, storm scope, inset map, Synthetic Vision) are provided to reduce workload and fatigue while increasing mission effectiveness. From a comfort perspective, the P2012 STOL offers a 34 per cent wider cabin, 24 per cent larger seat pitch, 188 per cent higher luggage weight allowance and 303 per cent better luggage volume when compared to the most known British STOL aircraft and does it all in accordance with the latest certification standards.
From the performance perspective the P2012 STOL can easily and more comfortably carry an equivalent payload of the most known British STOL aircraft while matching its take off and landing performances. Moreover, the P2012 STOL can also outperform its useful load by 20 per cent up to a remarkable value of 1,284kg/2,830lb while performing a STOL mission.
At maximum take off weight of 3,680kg/8,113lb, the take off run takes only 315m/1035ft and to clear the obstacle the take off distance is achieved in just 425m/1,395ft. Even better is the 3,630 Kg maximum landing weight where the landing distance from the obstacle takes only 360m/1,18ft and the impressive ground run requires just 225m/740ft.
There are thousands of regional and local STOL airports around the world needing an outclassing airframe, superior performances, the latest safety and a 21st century design, capable of lifting off from prepared and unprepared strips of less than 300m/1,000ft.