Tecnam’s P-Mentor two-seat training aircraft is IFR certified by EASA with FAA certification to come. International deliveries will begin in about four months. “The European market is already backlogged with orders,” says David Copeland, Tecnam director of sales. “The initial reaction has been pretty wild.... We’re bringing back to the market a certified two-place aircraft, which is really, really important.” Credit: Tecnam
A Fuel-Efficient Engine
The P-Mentor is powered by the Rotax 912iSc fuel-efficient engine coupled with an MT constant speed propeller. It can be fueled with avgas or Mogas. It also is equipped with the Garmin G3X glass cockpit and is approved for Performance-Based Navigation and Area Navigation (PBN/RNAV) training and for Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS). Credit: Tecnam
Future FAA Certification
Tecnam plans to secure FAA certification, but it will take time to build enough aircraft to satisfy U.S. demand, Copeland says. The company plans to announce pricing at Aero Friedrichshafen, although pricing will be in the mid-$200,000 range. Besides the training market, an aircraft in this price range will be attractive to private pilots as well, he says. Credit: Tecnam
Revitalizing The Training Market
The P-Mentor has a range of 730 nm and a maximum cruise speed of 117 kts. “I am sure this new design will revitalize the trainer market, helping many flight schools to remain competitive and profitable and making new student pilots happier and more proficient,” says Giovanni Pascale, Tecnam managing director. Credit: Tecnam
Tecnam Aircraft unveiled the P-Mentor new two-seat piston aircraft designed for the training market on April 13 ahead of Aero Friedrichshafen, a general aviation airshow in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The aircraft will be on display at the show from April 27-30. The trainer received EASA certification on April 7 with deliveries to begin in about 120 days, officials say.
Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.