Watch as We Fly the Tecnam P-Mentor

The two-seat training airplane, the Tecnam P-Mentor, is flying around Europe and we get a demo flight in Italy.

The Tecnam P-Mentor has found a home in flight schools across Europe, including this one based in France. [Jim Payne]

A crop of new training aircraft have come on the scene, and Tecnam's P-Mentor joins those ranks with a certain Italian flair. The brainchild of the family that founded the Capua-based company, the Pascales, the P-Mentor goes beyond light sport with its EASA CS-23-certificated, two-seat airplane, which boasts a Garmin G3X Touch avionics suite and other high-tech touches.

Though FAA certification is still pending, the P-Mentor has made it into flight training fleets across Europe, with plans to follow in the U.S. soon. FLYING editor-in-chief Julie Boatman visits the OEM and flies the P-Mentor over the Italian countryside north of Naples (Napoli) in this pilot report.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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