Tecnam P2002 Sierra MKII Aircraft, Italy

Tecnam p2002

P2002 Sierra MkII, a single-engine low-wing aircraft, was introduced by Tecnam in December 2016. It is an updated and second-generation version of P2002 Sierra aircraft.

The P2002 Sierra MkII will be available in the ultra-light, US Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), and experimental categories. The first model of the aircraft is expected to be delivered to the US, which will be demonstrated at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida in January 2017.

P2002 Sierra MkII aircraft design and features

The aircraft features a mix of aerodynamics, performance and structural efficiency. Its exterior is applied with corrosion-resistant epoxy coating. The wing of the aircraft is manufactured using a light alloy combined with a single spar and full metal torsion box. The leading edges of the wings can be detached for repairs and to fit in fuel tanks.

The main landing gear of the aircraft is built with light alloy spring, which can land on unimproved landing strips. The aircraft has a trailing link nose gear integrated with rubber shock absorber system. Its horizontal stabilator tail design offers hands-off stability with minimum drag.

The exterior dimensions of the aircraft include an overall length of 6.74m (22.11ft), height of 2.4m (7.9ft) and wingspan of 8.56m (28.08ft), while the wing area is 11.5m² (123.8ft²).

P2002 Sierra MkII aircraft cockpit and avionics

The P2002 Sierra MkII features a redesigned sliding canopy with more headroom that offers 360° vision in the cockpit. The aircraft can be fitted with a range of equipment including basic analogue instruments for visual flight, a six-pack analogue with Garmin GPS, Dynon SkyView with two 10in displays, Garmin G3X with two 10.6in screens, and G3X night version with fully-backlit back-up instrumentation.

The avionics equipment include Garmin GMA 240 audio panel, Garmin GTR 200 COM, Garmin GTX 327 transponder, Garmin GPS XM version, and antennae.

The aircraft features flight control equipment including hydraulic toe brakes, parking brake, electric flaps, dual flight controls, steerable nose wheel, electric stabilator trim and engine controls. It also includes central quadrant with single throttle lever, fuel control selector and choke.

Standard electrical systems fitted to the aircraft include 7Amp Alliant batteries, 14V alternator, starter key ACS, split starter, and switches. Also fitted are circuit breaker panel, 12V socket, and warning lights.

P2002 Sierra MkII cabin details

"The first model of the aircraft is expected to be delivered to the US, which will be demonstrated at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida in January 2017."

The P2002 Sierra MkII accommodates two passengers in side-by-side seats. The cabin has a height of 0.95m (3.1ft) and width of 1.11m (3.6ft).

The aircraft features a spacious baggage compartment, which can carry up to 20kg (40lb) of weight. The interior of the cabin features newly designed seats and seat rails.

Engine and performance

The P2002 Sierra MkII aircraft is fitted with Rotax 912ULS2 engine, which generates approximately 98hp of power. The engine drives a two-bladed fixed pitch propeller developed by Sensenich.

The aircraft has two fuel tanks of 55l each and consumes approximately 17l of fuel an hour, and uses mogas and avgas fuels. The time before overhaul is 2,000 hours.

The aircraft has a cruise speed of 110kt (204km/h), stall speed of 38kt (70km/h), and never-exceed speed of 120kt (222km/h). The maximum range of the aircraft is 600nm (1,111km/h), and the service ceiling is 15,000ft (4,572m) at a climb rate of 800ft/min (4.06m/sec).

The aircraft has an empty weight of 367kg (810lb) and maximum take-off weight of 600kg (1,320lb), and can carry maximum useful load up to 233kg (513.7lb). It needs 262m (860ft) for take-off run and 170m (558ft) for landing run. The take-off distance is 434m (1,424ft), whereas the landing distance is 333m (1,092ft).