Tecnam P2002 - JR

A retractable-gear version of the Tecnam all-metal, low-wing two-seater has finally arrived,the P2000-JR, certificated to JAR-VLA (and qualifying for the U.S. Light Sport category). Max speed is now 139 kt (up 9 kts over the fixed-gear version), cruise is 125 kt (up 8 kt), and somehow the aircraft has a higher mtow of 600 kg (up 20 kg) which more than compensates for the 10 kg extra weight of the new gear. Tecnam is a company, born out of the former Partenavia. Based in Naples, Italy, it has built more than 1,400 VLA or microlight aircraft and is also a major aerospace contractor, making parts for commercial transport.