Tecnam Aircraft specialises in the manufacture of Light and Ultra-light Aircraft.  The aircraft are designed to provide the highest levels of security as well as a comfortable and enjoyable flying experience. The attention to low-speed aerodynamics and the use of modern materials and construction techniques makes them particularly green and frugal users of fuel.... mogas and unleaded fuels can be used in most models.


The current “S.R.L. Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam” was founded in 1986 by Prof Luigi Pascale, and has its production lines in Capua, Italy  The professor and his family have been designing aeroplanes since 1948, including the well-known twin, Partenavia P68.


As well as aircraft manufacturing for the General Aviation market across the world, Tecnam also undertakes construction and assembly of structural components for many of the world's leading commercial aviation manufacturers such as ATR, Boeing, Augusta, LearJet, Falcon and Dornier.


Tecnam Corporate Video 2017, gives an insight into the high-quality mindset of the management and staff at Tecnam and shows the high-level build quality for which Tecnam is well-known worldwide.


The Tecnam factory, where 200 employees produce five brand new aircraft each week, really is state of the art. With the exception of engines, avionics and wheels, Tecnam makes just about everything in-house and thus not only doesn't rely on third-party suppliers, but utilises its own design, modification and manufacture approvals in a constant up-grading process to every aspect of the build. 


Captain Tim Orchard began his flying career in 1971. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft and is currently licenced to fly aeroplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons and hot air airships.

Tim is a Display Pilot, a Flight Instructor and a Senior Examiner (of Pilots, of Flight Instructors and of other Examiners) for the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

He jointly holds the Concorde World Record time for the journey from New York to London: 2hrs 52 minutes 

Tim has flown in formation with the Concorde and the Red Arrows on several occasions including the Heathrow 50th Anniversary flypast and several air-to-air photography sorties.

In his career with British Airways Tim  flew the Hawker-Siddeley Trident, the Concorde and the Boeing 777 as well as spending nine years as personal pilot to the BA Board in an executive aircraft.

Tim’s business career has included running a number of companies, several flight schools and being the boss of the busiest general aviation airfield in the UK

In addition to running the Tecnam UK business, Tim is well known for lecturing on a number of aviation subjects for agencies Worldwide, including for CAA and AOPA

Tim’s hobbies are flying his deHavilland Chipmunk and his hot air balloons.