December 2009 Issue
Tecnam’s Rotax Twin: Budget Performance
Itíll move 900 pounds of payload at 145 knots burning nine gallons an hour. But is there a market for a Rotax-powered twin?
Despite being one of the bigger players in LSA market, Tecnam Aircraft isnít well known in the U.S. The company has actually been building aircraft and aircraft parts for over 60 years, and has 3000 aircraft flying worldwide. For comparison, Cirrus Aircraft and Diamond Aircraft have each delivered slightly over 4000 airplanes to date. Tecnam is reorganizing in the U.S. with a new website (www.tecnam.net), an expanding dealer and support network and a new aircraft: the Tecnam P2006T light twin. The P2006T (That name doesnít quite roll off the tongue, does it?) has specs more like a single than a twin. Its gross weight is only 2601ó50 pounds more than a Cessna 172SPóand cruise speed is in the 140- to 150-knot range. The really novel item is that the P2006T sports two Rotax 912 S3 engines. The S3 is the certified version of the Rotax found in most LSAs. Each engine puts out about 100 HP.
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