Tecnam 2006T on the ground
Role Four-seat light twin
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Tecnam
Designer Luigi Pascale
First flight 13 September 2007
Introduction 2010
Status In production, active
Produced 2007–present
Number built 578 (as of 2017)[citation needed]
Developed into NASA X-57 Maxwell

The Tecnam P2006T is an Italian high-winged twin-engined all-metal light aircraft,[1] built by Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam based in Capua, Italy, near Naples. The P2006T received airworthiness certification in the European Union by EASA under CS23 in 2003,[2] type certification in 2009,[2] and Federal Aviation Administration FAR Part 23 certification in 2010.[3]

The P2006T is the lightest twin-engined certified aircraft available. It is a four-seat aircraft with fully retractable landing gear and powered by liquid-cooled Rotax engines that can run on 92 octane unleaded automotive gasoline as well as Avgas 100LL.[4]


The P2006T is a twin-engined four-seat cantilever high-wing monoplane with a retractable tricycle landing gear. Its stabilator is attached to the fuselage, mostly aft of the vertical fin (the stabilator is a single unit with a cutout in its leading edge where it mounts to the tailcone). The nosewheel of the tricycle landing gear retracts into the nose cone; the trailing-link main units retract into stubs which extend from the lower fuselage. The fuselage section is a slightly rounded rectangle, higher than it is wide. A door on each side of the fuselage provides access to the seating area; in addition an escape hatch is provided above the two forward seats, to be used if fuselage deformation in a crash prevents those doors from being operable.[5]

The Rotax engine cylinder heads are liquid-cooled; there are cooling vanes on the cylinder barrels. Thus both cooling airflow through the nacelle, and a cooling radiator, are required in each cowl. The electric starters, used to start the engines on the ground, must also be used for an inflight restart, since the highly geared engines[1] cannot be turned by airflow past the stopped propeller. Thus, for FAA certification, the company was required to add a backup battery in addition to the standard battery. The pilot's power quadrant contains three controls for each engine: throttle, propeller rpm, and carburetor heat. The engines have automatic mixture adjustment, so there is no mixture control required on the panel.[1]

The linkage between the flight controls and the flight surfaces is provided by pushrod, rather than the more common use of cables and pulleys.

Operational history

The P2006T first flew on 13 September 2007 and was certified by EASA on 5 June 2009.[6] NASA's all electric X-57 Maxwell prototype aircraft is being developed using a P2006T as its basic structure.[7]


Civilian P2006T from Switzerland
Standard civilian version.
P2006T MRI
Maritime patrol variant.[8]
P2006T MMA
Multi-Mission variant modified with mission equipment by Airborne Technologies.[9]
Italian military designation for aircraft delivered in the Training role to 70° Stormo of the Italian Air Force on 5 July 2016 for multi-engine pilot training.[10]


Tecnam P2006T of the Romanian Aviation Academy
 Dominican Republic


P2006T analog cockpit

Data from [3][15]

General characteristics


See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


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