Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said on April 21 that Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam Srl. and Michael and Lynne Birmingham, U.S. distributors for the Tecnam line of aircraft, have donated a new Tecnam P-92 Echo Classic, a light sport aircraft (S-LSA) valued at $125,000, to Embry-Riddle’s nationally ranked Daytona Beach flight team.
The school’s Daytona Beach flight team will be the first in the nation to fly the new plane in the upcoming National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s SAFECON 2009 competition May 17-29 at Parks College of St. Louis University.
“Our partnership with Embry-Riddle is an opportunity for Tecnam to demonstrate the quality of its plane – its engineering and versatility – and also to recognize Embry-Riddle’s program for its high level of quality, training, and strict safety management,” said Lynne Birmingham. “This donation is our way of supporting and encouraging the next generation of general and commercial aviation pilots.”
“We are very pleased to add the P-92 to our competitive aircraft fleet and especially grateful to C.A. Tecnam Srl. and the Birmingham family for their generosity,” said David Zwegers, coach of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach flight team and aviation safety manager for the flight program. “With the P-92’s high maneuverability at slower flight speeds, this aircraft will improve our nationally competitive flight team’s performance,” Zwegers said.