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Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, Srl Donates New Plane to Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Flight Team

Daytona Beach, Fla., April 21, 2009 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University today announced that Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, Srl. and Michael and Lynne Birmingham, U.S. distributors for Tecnam line of aircraft, have donated a brand new 2009 Tecnam P-92 Echo Classic to Embry-Riddle’s nationally ranked Daytona Beach flight team. The plane, along with Embry-Riddle’s flight team, will be at Tecnam Aircraft’s Booth# MD-005B at Sun 'n Fun this week (April 21-26) in Lakeland, Fla.

Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach flight team will be the first in the nation to fly the new plane in the upcoming National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s SAFECON 2009 competition May 17-29 at Parks College of St. Louis University.

C.A. Tecnam, Srl. is the largest manufacturer of LSA type aircraft in the world. Light Sport is an emerging general aviation industry in the U.S. that is capitalizing on market demand for airplanes that use less fuel, offer a wider range of avionics, and are lighter and more maneuverable than most standard category aircraft. C .A. Tecnam Srl. and the Birminghams donated the P-92 Echo Classic to Embry-Riddle’s flight team after becoming familiar with the university’s flight training program at a National Training Aircraft Symposium the College of Aviation sponsors each year.

“Our partnership with Embry-Riddle is an opportunity for Tecnam to demonstrate the quality of its plane – its engineering and versatility – and also to recognize Embry Riddle’s program for its high level of quality, training and strict safety management,” said Lynne Birmingham. “This donation is our way of supporting and encouraging the next generation of general and commercial aviation pilots.”

The P-92 can cruise at 114 knots at 75 percent power, burning less than four gallons of fuel per hour. It has a 100 horsepower Rotax engine, with a basic weight of 710 pounds and a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds.

“We are very pleased to add the P-92 to our competitive aircraft fleet and especially grateful to C.A. Tecnam Srl. and the Birmingham family for their generosity,” said David Zwegers, coach of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach flight team and aviation safety manager for the flight program.

“With the P-92’s high maneuverability at slower flight speeds, this aircraft will improve our nationally competitive flight team’s performance,” said Zwegers.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering, educating more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs. Doctoral programs in aviation and in engineering physics are pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for the University to offer programs at the doctoral level. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 130 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit

TECNAM “Quality Aircraft since 1948”
Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam Srl. traces its roots back to the activities of two brothers, Luigi and Giovanni Pascale, soon after the end of WWII (1948). They continued to receive worldwide recognition for their achievements in the field of general aviation, first with Partenavia and subsequently as Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam , Srl. C.A. Tecnam currently operates in three plants with more than 78,804 sq. ft. in Casoria, Italy, Capua, Italy, and Zaragoza, Spain. For more information, visit

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