The Tecnam P2010, a new high-wing four-seat single produced in Italy, is coming to U.S. shores at last after the FAA awarded the airplane’s Part 23 type certificate.
Carrying a base price of $345,000, the P2010 is priced slightly below competitors’ airplanes, namely the Cessna Skyhawk, Piper Archer and Diamond DA40. Performance is similar to some higher-end airplanes, though, thanks to its slippery carbon-fiber fuselage and metal laminar flow wing.
We flew the P2010 recently at Tecnam’s U.S. headquarters in Sebring, Florida, and found that while the performance is by no means dazzling, this is a great GA transportation airplane boasting rock-solid handling, a useful load of nearly 1,000 pounds, cruise speed of 135 knots and 700 nm range.
Garmin G1000 avionics come standard, making the P2010 a good choice for flight schools looking to modernize their fleets.
Tecnam builds a range of GA airplanes from light sport models up through piston twins. The company is also planning to introduce a two-seat single sport jet.