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Safe Flight’s Stall Warning Selected for Tecnam P2012

 - October 21, 2019, 9:53 AM
twin-engine P2012 commuter aircraft. Photo: Barry Ambrose

Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam selected Safe Flight Instrument Corporation's stall warning system for the newly-certificated P2012 Traveller twin-engine commuter aircraft, Safe Flight (Booth C8721) announced on Monday. The P2012 Traveller (Static SD807) received European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in December and U.S. FAA approval in August.

Powered by two Lycoming O-540 turbocharged piston engines, the 11-seat P2012 Traveller cruises at 194 knots at 10,000 feet. The fixed-gear commuter has a fuel capacity of 198 gallons, maximum gross weight of 8,069 pounds, and a useful load of 3,073 pounds. Designed initially as a short-range commuter plane, additional medivac and cargo configurations have also been designed. 

Tecnam’s launch customer, Massachusetts-based Cape Air, received two P2012 Travellers on September 25 and expects to enter these aircraft into service by December.

As a key component in certifying the P2012 for flight into known icing (FIKI) conditions, the Safe Flight stall warning system is in the final phases of certification on the P2012 platform. It uses a heated lift transducer to track the location of the wing’s stagnation point and deliver the information to the system’s stall warning computer. Combining this data with flap position and ice mode inputs, the stall warning computer can output a discrete signal for aural and visual stall warnings.  

White Plains, New York-based Safe Flight has been designing and producing lift detectors and lift transducers for angle-of-attack (AoA) and stall warning systems since 1946, with more than 500,000 units installed on hundreds of aircraft types. Tecnam of Capua, Italy, has been manufacturing aircraft for the general aviation community since 1948 and has produced 33 aircraft models and variants, with more than 5,500 individual aircraft currently flying in more than 65 countries around the world.