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Hybrid-electric Tecnam P2010 completes successful first flight

After several successful ground tests, the hybrid-electric Tecnam P2010 has taken to the skies for the first time.With a Permit to Fly issued by the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile and Italian Civil Aviation Authority, Tecnam successfully flew its new P2010 H3PS hybrid aircraft for the first time on December 21, 2021.The flight was performed by Tecnam's Chief Experimental Test Pilot Lorenzo De Stefano, with Tecnam, Rolls-Royce and Rotax teams on the ground assisting."Though the H3PS is not intended for market purposes, our successful flight tests demonstrate that hybrid powertrain, with combustion engine coupled with an electric motor, can bear the same useful load of the traditional 180hp combustion engine," said Tecnam Aircraft's Randamp;D Director Fabio Russo.H3PS, which stands for "High Power High Scalability Aircraft Hybrid Powertrain", is part of a project that was originally launched in 2018 and has now concluded successfully. The project involved equipped a Tecnam P2010 with a parallel-hybrid electric powertrain to help reduce fuel consumption by 20% while maintaining, and even extending, the aircraft's range. This parallel-hybrid propulsion system is believed to be the first of its kind ever developed for general aviation.The technology is scalable for larger general aviation aircraft.Tecnam and its project partners have validated the aircraft's scalability potential, lower emissions, and power management technology, concluding that the HP3S is a viable launch pad for future green aircraft.
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