Tecnam is evaluating the potential of developing and producing a two-seater, turbofan engine powered aircraft.
Tecnam’s initial research suggests that manufacturing the jet is both “technically and economically achievable,” company officials said.
“The remarkable progress in the development and reliability of thermic and mechanical efficiency now available in high bypass, two-spool turbofan engines, along with major advances in materials ensures that production of the P JET is a feasible proposition,” officials said in a prepared release.
The anticipated P JET aircraft configuration would see the engine “podded,” ensuring the maximum efficiency to achieve the full ram-air intake effect, as this would not interfere with the primary aircraft structure and would also enable easier access for maintenance inspections, complete engine disassembling and other servicing requirements, as well as enhanced safety protection such as fire, company officials explained.
Tecnam anticipates that the P JET cabin will be available both pressurized and non-pressurized, for use with an airframe integrated oxygen system.
Development will be based on achieving CS-23 and FAR 23 certification, company officials noted.