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March 2006 edition

Aeroplane makers' passion launches new four-seat model

By Daniel Cook

Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam will this year launch its new four-seat twin, the P2006T. Tecnam currently produces one aircraft a day, a rate that is sure to rise as it aims to punch out around a hundred P2006Ts per year after certification, projected for 2007.

Formerly a unit of Partenavia, Tecnam began life building parts and subassemblies for some of the world's biggest manufacturers. This now accounts for less than a tenth of its activities, but expertise working in aluminium lives on in its own aircraft lines.

Managing director, Paolo Pascale, talks to Airframer about Tecnam's policy of employing younger technicians, its expertise in aluminium, and about being the nephew of one of the greatest light aircraft designers of all time.

Tecnam was founded in 1985 by aircraft designers Giovanni and Luigi Pascale.

The Pascale brothers were directors of Partenavia, the manufacturer of the famous P68 twin which Luigi designed, until 1981.

Then they sold the firm to Aeritalia, remaining as president and general director until 1985, when they left to form their own company, Tecnam.

With Tecnam they continued where they had left off at Partenavia, supplying major aerospace manufacturers in Italy and worldwide.

"In 1991 with the big aviation crisis we decided to go back to our aircraft line, and we designed the P92. Its first flight was in 1993, and so far we have delivered 1,700," said Tecnam's managing director, Paolo Pascale, son of Giovanni and nephew of Luigi.

"We started to gro....

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