Mon, Jan 04, 2010
Mostly known for their efforts in the LSA aircraft game, Tecnam
(which has been building planes since 1948, by the way), has been
building serious buzz for a new program for a few years -- a light
twin that could shake up the business a fair amount. Built around
the highly-regarded Rotax 912S, the P2006T is destined to do
something that few twins have been able to do over the years...
entice owners looking for a cost-effective flyer.
With only 100 hp per side, the 200 hp P2006T, with
constant-speed/full-feathering props, will have a cruise speed (at
75%) of 140 kts. The bird is a four seater, with high wing and
retractable gear. The cockpit is currently scheduled to be filled
by the buyer's choice of a Garmin G1000 or standard gauges. Stall
speed (Vso) is 49 knots, while the M/E climb rate is 1140 fpm and
in single engine mode, still manages to eke out 230 fpm.
With 880 pounds of useful load, the P2006T needs 898 feet for
takeoff (with 1213 feet to clear the stereotypical 50 foot
obstacle), and 656 feet for landing roll out (a total of 1279 feet
over the 50 foot obstacle). The retractable gear system is
electric. The P2006T has a 400 liter fuel capacity (about 105
gallons) and offers 620 nm range.
In addition to the fact that the Rotax 912S is fairly easy on
the fuel flows, this is an engine that can burn auto-gas without
issue... offering even greater economies.
As the first all-new twin on the GA Market since the Diamond
DA42, with obvious attractions for the most economical buyers and
flight schools, the P2006T is sure to find a ready market among
those with a need for that extra engine... without killing their
wallets in the process.
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