I had the opportunity to fly a new Tecnam P2006T from the factory in Naples, Italy, to Wycombe in the UK last week. We left the factory at about 16.30 on Tuesday, overnighted in Cannes and landed back at Wycombe at about 19.00 on Wednesday. The flight will be the subject of a 'Flying Adventure' in the magazine, but for now I thought I'd mention a few observations.
VFR in Italy
Like the UK, Italy has a lot of low-level Class A. If you want to stay over land (we didn't), you're stuck with a lot of compulsory reporting points. If you're happy over the sea, you'll end up low and quite a few miles off the coast.
Don't run late
While talking to Bastia we overheard a pilot heading for somewhere in Italy. His destination was about to close so he tried to negotiate an after-hours unicom style arrival. The Italians were clearly not in the mood to go along with his plan, and eventually the obviously frustrated pilot diverted into Calvi for the night. There are worse places.
This airport is situated in one of France's most gastronomic regions. The restaurant however caters for the mass of passengers passing through on Ryanair flights. Panini was about as exotic as it got.
Thanks to some seriously strong headwinds the flight back took a little under eight hours. After landing at Wycombe I flew my C182 back to the strip. That's a lot of flying in a day, but thanks to the factory-fitted autopilot I managed to stay awake for my supper, even after a post-flying beer. Hand flying all day would have had me dosing in my dinner!.
The full story will appear in FLYER soon