The teams had spent nearly two years creating a “dream aircraft,” for which Tecnam founder Professor Luigi Pascale was the primary designer. Luigi Pascale passed away last year; Tecnam Managing Director Giovanni Pascale performed the aircraft’s first test flight on July 21, 2016. With 11 total seats that could make a 9 plus 1 or 9 plus 2 crew configuration, and customized baggage access, the P2012 suits the standard Cape Air mission (with 9 passengers) perfectly. The new FADEC-actuated Lycoming TEO540C1A engines are critical to the success of the design, greatly simplifying power management, as they automatically adjust the fuel/air mixture and timing on a continuous basis—and the ability to utilize alternative fuels. The Garmin G1000 NXi stocks the panel with one 14-inch and two 10-inch displays.