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The world's largest light aircraft manufacturer has done it again!
LSA manufacturer Tecnam has delivered the first Tecnam P2008 to the U.S.
Launched at the Friedrichshafens European Air Show in April 2009, the new aircraft, which combines a carbon fiber fuselage with a metal wing and stabilator, was delivered to Heart of Virginia Aviation Inc. at Hanover County Airport (OFP) in Richmond, Va.
Tecnam has been building all-metal aircraft since 1948, but officials note the decision to use both carbon fiber and metal on the P2008 allows for the optimization of aerodynamic qualities and reliability. Carbon fiber provides smooth surfaces, elegance, style, comfort and aerodynamic qualities for the fuselage while metal is used for the wing and stabilator for maximum strength and reliability.
The wing is based on the NACA63A airfoil, and, through partial tapering, is brought close to the optimal lift distribution (elliptical), officials said. The single-slot flaps extend along much of the wing span. The Frise type aileron, along with the taper design, provides a high rate of roll. The all movable type (stabilator) horizontal tail, traditional on all Tecnam aircraft, allows excellent controllability and exemplary hands off longitudinal stability, company officials said.
Tecnam traces its roots back to the activities of the brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale, who in 1948 created general aviation airplanes under the name Partenavia. Establish in March 1986, Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam now operates in three plants with more than 78,804 square feet of area. The Casoria facility is located adjacent to the Napoli Capodichino Airport. The Capua facility is located adjacent to the Oreste Salmone Airport, while the Spain facility is located in Villanueva del Gallego, Zaragoza.
Cabin Width...3.9 feet
Max speed...120 kts
Stall speed...45 kts
Stall speed, flaps down...41 kts
Service ceiling...14,000 feet
Cruise Speed 75% Power...112 kts
Max weight...1,320 pounds
Take-off run...610 feet
Landing run...492 feet
Rate of climb...900 feet/min
Design Load Limit...+4 -2 g
Ultimate Load Limit...+6 -3 g
100 HP engine
2,000 hour TBO