Tecnam P2006T

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P2006T
Tecnam P2006T 1.jpg
Tecnam 2006T on the ground
Role Four-seat light twin
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Tecnam
Designer Luigi Pascale
First flight 13 September 2007
Introduction 2010 (international)
2011 (USA)
Status active
Number built 100 (10/26/2011)
Unit cost
US$443,900 [1]

The Tecnam P2006T is a high-winged, twin-engined all-metal[2] light aircraft built by Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, which is based in Capua, Italy (near Naples). Certified in the European Union by EASA under CS23, the P2006T received Federal Aviation Administration FAR Part 23 certification in 2010.[3]

The P2006T is the lightest twin-engined certified aircraft available,[3] and is a four-seat aircraft with fully retractable landing gear and liquid-cooled Rotax engines that can run on 92 octane unleaded automotive gasoline as well as 100LL.[4]

Design[edit]

The P2006T is a conventional configuration, high-wing aircraft. Its stabilator is attached to the fuselage, mostly aft of the vertical fin (the stabilator is a single unit with a cutout in its leading edge where it mounts to the tailcone). The nosewheel of the tricycle landing gear retracts into the nose cone; the trailing-link main units retract into stubs which extend from the lower fuselage. The fuselage section is a slightly rounded rectangle, higher than it is wide. A door on each side of the fuselage provides access to the seating area; in addition an escape hatch is provided above the two forward seats, to be used if fuselage deformation in a crash prevents those doors from being operable.

The Rotax engine cylinder heads are liquid-cooled; there are cooling vanes on the cylinder barrels. Thus both cooling airflow thru the nacelle, and a cooling radiator, are required in each cowl. The electric starters, used to start the engines on the ground, must also be used for an inflight restart, since the highly-geared engines[5] cannot be turned by airflow past the stopped propeller. Thus, for FAA certification, the company was required to add a backup battery in addition to the standard battery. The pilot's power quadrant contains three controls for each engine: throttle, propeller rpm, and carburetor heat. The engines have automatic mixture adjustment, so there is no mixture control required on the panel.[6]

The link between the flight controls and the flight surfaces is by pushrod, rather than the usual cables.

Variants[edit]

P2006T
Standard civilian version.
P2006T MRI
Multi-sensor Reconnaissance and Identification military patrol version.[7]

Military operators[edit]

The Chilean Navy is reviewing the possibility of purchasing several P2006T MRI aircraft to replace its aging Cessna O-2 Skymaster aircraft. Up to eight are desired, but initial procurement may only be for three or four planes.[8] The Partenavia AP.68TP is also being assessed.[9]

Specifications[edit]

Civilian P2006T from Switzerland.

Data from [3][10]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (pilot)
  • Capacity: 3 passengers or 618 pounds (280 kg) payload with full fuel
  • Length: 8.69 m (28 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.40 m (37 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.84 m (9 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 14.75 m2 (158.8 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 8.80
  • Empty weight: 760 kg (1,675 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,180 kg (2,601 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 200 litres (44 imp gal; 53 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rotax 912S3 horizontally opposed four-cylinder geared piston engines, 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) each
  • Propellers: 2-bladed MT Propeller MTV-21, 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) diameter

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 287 km/h; 178 mph (155 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 250 km/h; 155 mph (135 kn)
  • Stall speed: 87 km/h; 54 mph (47 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 309 km/h; 192 mph (167 kn)
  • Minimum control speed: 115 km/h; 71 mph (62 kn)
  • Range: 1,148 km; 713 mi (620 nmi)
  • Endurance: 4.25 hours
  • Service ceiling: 4,267 m (14,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 6.4 m/s (1,260 ft/min) 250 ft/min (single engine)
  • Wing loading: 78 kg/m2 (16 lb/sq ft) at MTOW
  • Power/mass: 6 kg/hp (13 lb/hp)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ P2006T Price List 2011 from Tecnam North American website
  2. ^ Pia Bergqvist, Tecnam Twin, Flying, September 2011, pp. 52-59
  3. ^ a b c AOPA Pilot
  4. ^ Tecnam brochure
  5. ^ "The . . engine spins as high as 5800 rpm, but a gear box reduces the . . propeller . . to neary 2400 rpm." (Flying)
  6. ^ Flying
  7. ^ Yáñez, Roberto (January 2013). "Tecnam's low-cost surveillance twin". Combat Aircraft (Stamford, Lincolnshire: Key Publishing) 14 (1): 19. ISSN 2041-7470. 
  8. ^ Chile; Navy interested in new light maritime patrol aircraft - Dmilt.com, 23 July 2013
  9. ^ Chile to add light aircraft, UAVs for maritime surveillance - Janes.com, 31 July 2013
  10. ^ Yeoman Light Aircraft Company

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