If you love Light-Sport Aircraft, Tecnam is a company you simply cannot ignore. The Italian manufacturer with a large, factory-owned facility in Sebring, Florida has the largest selection of FAA-accepted ready-to-fly models. Let's review: Tecnam builds the P-92 Eaglet, Astore, and P2008; all high wings except for the Astore, released to celebrate the company's 65th year in business. Flight schools have found success with the P-92 Eaglet as it is a docile and student-friendly training LSA. Tecnam has been in business since 1948, making it the most established of all players in light aviation. So you should not be surprised to hear they roll out a new aircraft every working day year 'round.
Powered by the late Professor Luigi Pascal's tireless design work, Tecnam developed the world's best selling twin-engine airplane, their P2006 Twin and in recent years unveiled a dramatic new project, the P2012 Traveler. This 11-seat regional commuter airliner Traveler is off to a fast start with U.S. launch customer, Cape Air, the largest feeder airline in America. These big projects show Tecnam's capability, but their work on larger aircraft is closely linked to their Light-Sport Aircraft models. Another new aircraft is their P2010, a handsome four seater aimed at the general aviation market. "Twenty Ten" is based significantly on the P2008, Tecnam's first (but not last) model to use a smooth composite fuselage mated beautifully to all-metal wings. Tecnam will be unveiling their P2010 at Sun 'n Fun 2015 as they celebrate their first year of operating a company-owned facility in the United States.
You can learn to fly in a Tecnam and you can move up and up, sticking with the popular brand throughout your flying career. Or ... stay with their LSA if they meet your needs, something all models can do with great Italian style. The prolific company even makes an entry level LSA that sells for far under $100,000. You literally need look no further than Tecnam to find a great flying airplane in any configuration you could want.
Here on ByDanJohnson.com, most visitors seek LSA info and we have many article on Tecnam's line. Read pilot reports on several of the Tecnam Light-Sport Aircraft. See videos on Bravo, Eaglet, P2008, and more. Follow Tecnam news in SPLOG. Or visit Tecnam's website for even more detail. With a range of prices and features Tecnam has an airplane for most buyers. The diversity of Tecnam models is certainly one reason the Italian company is enjoying strong sales. At an airshow or a dealer near you (nearly anywhere in the world!), choose a Tecnam for a demo flight. I've found each of them to be sweet flying airplanes built in the manner of certified aircraft, solid and reliable.
I regularly attend Aero Friedrichshafen every April certain I will see aircraft I’ve never seen before — but also because I will see upgrades to existing popular models.
A good friend in aviation journalism and Editor-in-Chief of Plane & Pilot magazine is Robert Goyer.
America’s neighbor to the north is USA’s largest trading partner …yes, bigger than China, or any other single country.
We lost one of the good ones recently. You may not have met or even know this man, but you certainly know — and may absolutely love — the airplanes he created.
Are excited general aviation pilots kidding themselves about BasicMed? At least one prominent light aviation expert thinks so and judging from comments I’ve received, I am inclined to say this is much more common than some want to believe.
Fourteen years ago, light aviation leader Tecnam brought their only low wing, the Sierra, to market.
Every quarter, like clockwork, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), issues its delivery report.
Article Updated 9/7/15 — See new information at the bottom of this article.
Video review: Tecnam — SeaSky amphibian (7/13)
Tecnam has likely built more variations on their Light-Sport Aircraft theme than any other company.
Video review: Tecnam Eaglet — Law Enforcement Gear
Light-Sport Aircraft may only be used commercially in two ways: for paid flight instruction and aircraft rentals.
Video review: Tecnam — Snap (aerobatic LSA 2013)
In early 2013 Tecnam acquired the design rights and tooling to produce Snap, the first aircraft in the LSA space aimed specifically at aerobatic flying.
Video review: Tecnam — Astore
At Aero 2013, Tecnam mounted a very large display with nearly every one of their many current aircraft.
Video review: Tecnam — Tail Dragger (2012)
Tecnam has many fetching models, no less than five of which have earned Special LSA approval.
Video review: Tecnam — Sierra P2002
As a company Tecnam has several distinctions: they are one of the oldest light airplane producers, dating to 1948; they have more models of SLSA than any other company; and the Italian company has one of the broadest lines.
Video review: Tecnam — Bravo
Tecnam has no less than five SLSA models, the most of any producer, now that they added their handsome P2008 to the fleet.
Video review: Tecnam — P2008
The latest from top producer, Tecnam of Italy, is this super handsome P2008.
Video review: Tecnam — Eaglet
Tecnam, one of the most successful manufacturers in the LSA industry, makes several models of which one of the newest is the Eaglet.
After more than a decade of LSA, one airframe manufacturer stands head and shoulders above all other in what I call the “light aircraft space.” That term gets stretched far and wide with this update on Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam … simply “Tecnam” to most folks.
Revised Article UPDATED: 6/5/15 / New total LSA and LSA-like chart (at bottom) — At best statistics can be fluid and hard to state precisely.
Tecnam had a strong year last year with reasonable sales of Light-Sport Aircraft plus larger, certified airplanes into the U.S.
Italian company Tecnam has been a leading producer of Light-Sport Aircraft since the beginning of this newest aviation sector.
Much of what we hear and know about airplane populations is centered on America.
At the big show EAA likes to call the Summer Celebration of Flight, we rove the grounds seeking new airplanes, new engines or propulsion systems, new panel gear, updated models and more.
Something of a stealth invasion is beginning. I refer to an emerging flock of four seat Light-Sport Aircraft.
Aero 2014 is history now but sorting through all the discoveries and reviewing hundreds of photos I shot will consume more time.
By their reported numbers Tecnam lays claim to be the largest producer of very light aircraft.
Snap! Crackle! Pop! It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Among the vast array of light aircraft I am only aware of a few other single seat models … Here’s a U.S.
I just wrote about Van’s Aircraft, a 41-year-old company that just came out with their first ready-to-fly airplane.
Here are two aircraft from sources thousands of miles apart. Likewise, the aircraft could hardly be more different yet each has something special about it.
We were busy at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013, knocking out more than 30 videos for your viewing information and entertainment.
Tecnam announced that it will reveal their “Astore” next generation Light Sport Aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013 in Germany on April 24th.
Preparing for Sebring, four days of the show, and a LSA flight over the ocean can fill your days to the brim … and all of that is truly excellent.
Major Italian producer Tecnam today announced the launch of the P92 Classic Light microlight.
My European associate and friend, Jan Fridrich, coined a phrase a few years ago: “Global LSA,” he said, meaning the ASTM standards set could be used in any country and thereby create a worldwide market for recreational aircraft.
With five models currently meeting ASTM standards for SLSA, Tecnam has established itself as the leader in prolific design of Light-Sport Aircraft (they also have a Twin and are working on a four seater plus an eleven seater).
In the article just before this one, writer Jim Lawrence told you about Tecnam’s new Sea-Sky Hydroplane option of straight or four-wheel composite amphibious floats for the Echo Classic or Eaglet models.
Update 9/24/14 — Added to the models below, South Africa’s The Airplane Factory is also offering their four seat Sling 4.
While the Continental O-200 engine — used in several Light-Sport Aircraft — attains Chinese ownership, Lycoming appears to be making a stronger push to enlist LSA manufacturers.
61-year-old Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam has a whole fleet of LSA and general category aircraft at the show, serving notice they’re here to stay.
Tecnam can lay claim to being the “largest LSA manufacturer” by virtue of producing more than 3,000 ready-to-fly aircraft (with approximately 120 of them flying in the USA as “official LSA” — the U.S.
Viewed from the LSA Mall, AirVenture 2009 was much more than the summer’s big celebration of flight.
We continue to see the effects of the last year of economic turmoil in Light-Sport Aircraft market shares.
Tecnam has long been known for building handsome, well-flying, all-metal Light-Sport Aircraft.
With one month to go (and it’s hard to imagine a big December), we have figures to report for this most extraordinary year.
At Oshkosh, FAA held a meeting to announce their LSA Assessment Project.
Through the first six months of 2008, Light-Sport Aircraft deliveries have reflected the same challenges afflicting the rest of general or sport aviation…and for that matter, the overall U.S.
SEBRING 2008 UPDATE — U.S. rep’ Lynne Birmingham beamed, “The Eaglet has landed!” She referred to the newest Tecnam model to win SLSA approval — the fourth model from the Italian manufacturer.
Within 24 hours of getting home from Sun ‘n Fun, several industry leaders including Evektor America’s Jeff Conrad, Flight Design USA’s Tom Peghiny, Jabiru USA’s Ed Ricks, and BRS parachute’s Gregg Ellsworth packed up and headed off to California.
At Oshkosh I took the chance to speak with several general aviation leaders — CEOs of top general aviation companies and presidents of leading membership organizations.