Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Think single with two engines

I had the chance to fly the Tecnam P2006T twin a few days ago.

It performs remarkably well considering the four-seat twin has just 200hp. The aeroplane delivers a relaxed cruise of 135kt, with a total fuel burn of just 38 litres per hour. Impressive stuff.

Looking at the specs it's hard to avoid comparisons with singles rather than twins - who'd buy a Piper Arrow instead of a Tecnam twin for example?

The low rental cost - Airways Flying Club has it on the line for £200/hr solo - should go a long way towards reinvigorating the PPL twin rating market, and well-managed groups of around say four or five people should provide economic touring with the added security of an extra engine over water and inhospitable terrain.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ian,
Will Flyer being doing a review on the Tecnam P2006T, and being doing a feature on obtaining a MEP class rating?

Thanks

Ian Seager said...

We certainly will, it's the cover story for our August issue.

Brgds

Ian