ABOVE: Tecnam says the P-Mentor will ‘open up many profitable opportunities within the flight training market’

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a full Type Certificate to the Tecnam P-Mentor under Part 23 of the FAA regulations. The two-seat, low-wing light aircraft was EASA CS-23 certified in April 2022.

Tecnam’s Managing Director Giovanni Pascale Langer described the FAA certification of the P-Mentor as “another significant milestone for the Tecnam team,” adding that the company “look forward to working with all US flight schools to improve the quality of training and help them keep hourly rates low”.

Powered by the Rotax 912isC3 and featuring the Garmin G3X IFR touch screen suite, Tecnam describes the P-Mentor as ‘a turnkey solution for many flight schools to train students from their first flight up to their CPL-IR on a single platform’. Features on offer include a variable pitch propellor, simulated retractable landing gear, an optional ballistic parachute and fuel consumption of just 3.7 US Gal/hr (14 litres/hr).

The P-Mentor allows for complete PPL, IR and UPRT training with approved PBN (performance based navigation) and RNAV (area navigation) as well as AFCS (aircraft flight control system). To date, more than a hundred units have been delivered in eighteen countries worldwide, with many flight schools using the P-Mentor for initial training before following on to multi-engine training on the P2006T.

The first US flight school to receive the P-Mentor will be HCH Aviation in partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University in Austin, Texas. This school currently uses the Piper 100i and the Tecnam Sierra MkII for single-engine training, followed by the P2006T for commercial multi-engine requirements. Kansas-based Kilo Charlie Aviaiton and Iowa’s EpicSky Flight Academy are also set to take delivery of the P-Mentor too.