Italian aviation manufacturer Tecnam is evaluating the potential of developing a two-seater, single turbofan engine powered aircraft, following extensive customer feedback.

There has been a great deal of interest expressed in a two seat (side by side), turbofan engine powered aircraft, to be used by military Flight Training Organisations, according to Tecnam. Such a development could also offer a significantly faster and more efficient aircraft for both the private and business aviation sectors, says the company. It maintains the P JET could be a game-changer not only in the world of General Aviation but also as a first level entry military training jet powered aircraft.

Tecnam’s initial research suggests that manufacturing the aircraft is both technically and economically achievable. Progress has been made 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 these innovations have made production of the P JET a feasible proposition.

The proposed configuration would see the engine ‘podded’, which would ensure maximum efficiency to achieve the full ram-air intake effect as this would not interfere with the primary aircraft structure. It would also enable easier access for maintenance inspections, complete engine disassembling and other servicing requirements, as well as enhanced safety protection in the event of fire.

Other key design features will include a twin-tail vertical stabiliser: its shielding effect to the horizontal surface will increase (being equal the exposed surface) the control power and stability.

Tecnam anticipates that the P JET cabin will be available as both pressurised and non-pressurised, for use with an airframe integrated oxygen system.

Development will be based on achieving CS-23 and FAR 23 certification.

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