Tecnam P2012 Traveller

The P2012 Traveller is one of the few all new in its class, a piston twin with rooms for about ten passengers. Tecnam designed it following the need of Cape Air to replace its vast fleet of Cessna 402s. The P2012 is a high wing twin aircraft with a fixed, all single wheel landing gear. The main gear is attached to small stubs. Typical are the nearly elliptical cabin windows, actually having a race track shape, and the slightly bent up wingtips. In the wing leading edges are horizontally opposed piston engines with four blade propellers. The nacelles have a rectangular cooler intake at the bottom.

The nose of the Tecnam P2012 Traveller is quite streamlined. Note the typical cabin windows, with the shape of a race track (nearly oval).

The slender nacelles of the P2012 house piston engines with horizontally opposed cylinders. Below the prop spinner is a rectangular cooler intake.

Confusion possible with

Vulcanair AP68TP Viator/A-Viator

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This aircraft has an all single wheel gear attached to stubs under the fuselage, but it is retractable. Also the cabin windows are rectangular.

SIAI-Marchetti SF600 Canguro


Another Italian design in the same category, and with a fixed landing gear. While the nose is streamlined like on the P2012, the aircraft has a more 'boxy' appearance. Also it has different windows and turboprop engines. (photo WikiMedia/Fsel55)

Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

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This aircraft can be seen as an earlier generation of the P2012. The main differences are that the P2012 has the fixed, single wheel main gear attached to the fuselage and the smaller cabin windows with 'race track' shape.

Twin Commander family

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This aircraft family is of similar size as the P2012 and also has high wings and a conventional tail. The single wheel main gear of the Twin Commander is retrac­table though, in the nacelles which are thus longer. Additio­nally, the horizontal stabilisers have dihedral. Finally, the cabin windows are rectangular.

Tecnam P2006T


The P2006 was a twin piston aircraft designed earlier by Tecnam. Its lines are visible in the P2012, but the P2006 has winglets, a rectractable gear and different windows. (photo: WikiMedia/Alan Lebeda)