Tecnam P2010: New Carbon Fiber Four-Seater

Tecnam P2010 project progressing.

Tecnam P2010
Tecnam P2010
Tecnam P2010

Italian aircraft maker Tecnam, which is perhaps best known for its LSA models but which is now branching out in new directions, has issued a progress report on one of those new models, the four-place P-2010, which, taking a page out of Cessna's Citation X/Ten playbook, it has nicknamed the Twenty-Ten. The to-be-certified model is carbon fiber with metal wings and boasts modest projected speed and range figures, including a 75-percent power cruise speed of around 130 knots and a no-wind range of 660 nm, all with a 180 -hp Lycoming IO-360 powerplant. The airplane's useful load, however, according to Tecnam's preliminary figures, will be impressive, at nearly 1,000 pounds, meaning it could carry four 160-pound adults with full fuel. Price of the airplane is approximately U.S. $275,000.

Flight test engineers at Tecnam recently performed the first engine run for the 2010. The company anticipates first flight before the end of this month.

Check out a video of the airplane — it’s a great looking design — during the engine run, below. The prop, for the record, is not made of rubber. The apparent distortion, which is extreme in this video, is a just an artifact of the digital camera used.