Tecnam P2012 Traveller: 5 Things You Didn't Know About The Italian Utility Aircraft – Simple Flying

This Italian aircraft is the latest piston twin on the market.
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller emerges as a versatile piston twin aircraft made for many applications – from short-haul operations and medical evacuation missions to VIP transport, parachuting, and cargo services.
Interestingly, the market for piston-powered twin-engine aircraft is marked by a limited number of models. The majority of aircraft in this category currently in operation are over 35 years old and no longer in production. This Italian aircraft has obtained certification from the FAA and the EASA as the most recent addition to the roster of piston twins approved for commercial service.
Pilots
1
Passenger capacity
9
First flight
July 21, 2016
Entered into service
February 22, 2020
Users
Cape Air, Zil Air
The Tecnam P2012 Traveller can quickly and easily be converted from a passenger carrier into a special-purpose aircraft. The widely favored configuration is tailored for regional air travel, accommodating a maximum of nine passengers and two pilots.
The combi configuration serves both cargo and passenger transport needs, particularly in remote areas with short runways. Tecnam achieves this by replacing one row of seats with cargo pods, enabling a flexible mix of passengers and goods in the cabin. Another variant, the medevac, caters to global medical authorities, converting the P2012 Traveller into an air ambulance.
The fourth option exclusively caters to cargo needs. In the cargo configuration, the P2012 can transport over one metric ton of cargo across four pallets within a five cubic meter volume, facilitated by a unique cargo door. Meanwhile, the fifth option is suitable for recreational needs and sports aviation.
Performance statistics
Takeoff run
1,849 ft
Takeoff distance
2,596 ft
Landing run
1,198 ft
Landing distance
2,438 ft
Max range
950 NM
Cruise speed
173 kts
Max cruise speed
194 kts
The P2012 Traveller is built to fly from big airports to remote airstrips, capable of operating on both paved and unpaved runways. It can take off and land in short distances – as little as 1,849 ft (564 m) and 1,198 ft (365 m), respectively. This aircraft can fly at cruise speeds up to 194 knots (359 km/h) and cover distances up to 950 nautical miles (1,760 km). Thanks to its turbocharged piston engines, the P2012 Traveller is fuel-efficient at any altitude, avoiding the high fuel consumption common in turboprops at lower levels.
According to a report by Twin & Turbine, the P2012 Traveller can fly at 10,000 feet with the engines set at 82%, reaching a speed of 180 knots and using 68 gallons of fuel per hour (257 liters). If the speed is reduced to 170 knots, the fuel consumption drops to 50 gallons per hour (189 liters). Using lower power settings further increases fuel efficiency.
Many General Aviation (GA) aircraft have wings mounted high on the fuselage, offering stability with the center of mass beneath the center of lift. Although a high-wing design is not groundbreaking, it makes this piston aircraft exceptionally convenient for various applications.
High-wing design contributes to shorter field landings, allows the fuselage interior to be free of additional structures, provides more flexible use of space, and offers increased ground clearance. More importantly, the high-wing design allows this aircraft to be used for parachuting.
Read more: High-Wing Vs Low-Wing Aircraft
In addition to its versatility, the customers of this piston aircraft can choose between two engine options. Having powered the P2012 exclusively with the Lycoming TEO-540 C1A engine for years, Tecnam introduced a second option, the GTSIO-520-S by Continental Aerospace Technologies, in mid-2023
Both engine options are rated for 375 Hp each, with the Continental coupled to a three-blade MT-Prop propeller and the Lycoming coupled to a four-blade MT-Prop propeller. Additionally, the Continental engines have slightly higher stall speeds and require a shorter runway for take-off and landing.
Take-off distance
Landing distance
Lycoming
2,596 ft (791 m)
2,438 ft (743 m)
Continental
2,237 ft (682 m)
1,936 ft (590 m)
The P2012 Traveller features a relatively spacious cabin for its class. With a seating capacity for 11 passengers, the aircraft measures 39.1 ft in length (11.9 m), stands at a height of 14.4 ft (4.4 m), and boasts a wingspan of 46 ft (14 m). In the passenger variant, the P2012 Traveller includes a 60 ft³ (1.7 m³) luggage compartment and a 14.13 ft³ (0.4 m³) front cargo hold to accommodate passengers' luggage allowances. In addition, the P2012 Traveller has large windows, expansive cabin doors, and two pilot doors.
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Sources: Tecnam, Twin & Turbine

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