The Tecnam P 92 series of aircraft first appeared in 1993 when the first aircraft appeared with Rotax 912 engines. The P 92 was designed by Luigi Pascale and built by Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam which was the company that Luigi and his brother Giovanni formed in 1986. They had previously been involved in the formation and running of Partenavia before it was taken over by the Italian Government, and who also used the P prefix for their models such as the P 68 twin. Tecnam has produced over 7,500 aircraft to date which is pretty impressive.
The Tecnam P 92 is an all metal side by side strut braced high wing tri-gear aircraft in the microlight category that despite its small size has more shoulder room than a Cessna 150/152. The prototype first flew in 1993. It has evolved a lot over the ensuing years to include retractable gear and tailwheel models, and the most recent iteration has a carbon fibre fuselage.
The specs for the various P 92 models will differ in their wingspans and the Rotax engine fitted, but here are the specs for the P 92-J model: length 6.4 metres (21 feet), wingspan 9.3 metres (30 feet 6 inches), empty weight 304 Kg (670 pounds), MAUW 550 Kg (1,213 pounds). And with a 100 HP Rotax the cruise speed is around 110 knots, while the stall speed is around 38 knots with flaps extended.
Our first three P 92s were the original models which had a rather angular looking fuselage with square corners in the lower fuse.5 on 15/2/01, still owned by Giovanni Nustrini. On 10/4/02 it transferred to 24-3699 on the Australian microlight register.
2, and on 1/4/06 ownership transferred to Michael Benstrum of Dargaville (hence the registration MIC). On 17/3/10 ownership changed to C R Chalmers and J T Elliot of Mosgiel and it is photo'd above at the 2010 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton on 5/2/11. It was cancelled from the New Zealand register on 21/3/11 and was exported to Australia where it became 24-7810 on the Australian microlight register.
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