NASA has selected the Tecnam P2006T twin as the airframe on which it will evaluate the potential of LEAPtech (Leading Edge Asynchronous Technology), with the aim of developing safer, more energy efficient, lower operating cost and greener general aviation aircraft.
NASA will fit an experimental 31-foot wing with 18 electric motors placed along the leading edge onto a Tecnam P2006T airframe. The wing is made of carbon composite, while the electric engines are powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries. The wing and electric motors will both manufactured and integrated on the P2006T airframe by the US companies ESAero and Joby Aviation.
Researchers hope to fly the modified Tecnam P2006T piloted X-plane within the next couple years, enabling NASA engineers to compare the performance of the X-plane version with the standard Tecnam P2006T Twin.
The Sebring facility is not only a showroom and delivery center for new Tecnam aircraft but is also an airframe maintenance and training center, as well as the parts warehouse for all North American Tecnam owners.