Tecnam Aircraft is celebrating 75 years, with the first Astore P-48 in 1948, flying for the first time in 1951. Italian brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale first began their work by gathering four non-working aircraft engines in a flea market and then assembling a working engine for the P-48.
Partenavia was founded in 1957 to produce a single-engine high and low-wing aircraft in Italy. After the introduction of the P-68, the company gained international recognition. In 1986 the company established Tecnam Aircraft to produce parts for manufacturers like ATR, Agusta-Westland and Boeing.
In 1990, the current CEO Paolo Pascale campaigned the design of the P-92. The ultralight model boosted the brand and over 2,600 models were produced. For over 20 years, Tecnam would continue to design and manufacture aircraft. It has three production facilities in Italy and subsidiaries in Sebring, Florida and Brisbane, Australia. Over 85 percent of Tecnam aircraft are produced in its own facilities.
"Tecnam operates in more than 65 countries and has over 175 dealers and service centers to meet our customer needs," Pascale said. "Our goal is to expand our global presence and enter new markets in the very short term."
In the 2010s, Tecnam produced its first commercial aircraft, the P2012 Traveller, which had its maiden flight on July 21, 2016, according to Flight Global. Tecnam unveiled a new short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft, the Tecnam twin-engine P2012 STOL, in late 2022. The company talked about the price and deliveries at NBAA-BACE in Orlando shortly after.RELATED STORIES:Tecnam P2012 STOL delivery dates, bookings, price announced during NBAA-BACETecnam unveils the new P2012 STOL
Tecnam has over 33 models and variants, 7,500 aircraft flying worldwide in over 65 countries. Tecnam also has its own flight schools in many countries around the world.Managing Director Giovanni Pascale Langer and CEO Paolo Pascale Langer
It has been 75 years since the first Tecnam-built aircraft, 30 years since the first flight of the P-92 and 100 years since the birth of Professor Luigi Pascale. Moving forward, Tecnam wants to find new ways to push what the company can do and unleash its potential.