The low wing Tecnam Golf was designed by Luigi Pascale in 1996, hence the P 96 model number. Luigi Pascale also designed the earlier high wing P 92 Echo and the Golf has some interchangeable parts with the Echo. However it has a shorter wing than the Echo and this gives a higher cruise speed and crisper handling.
Specifications for the aircraft are: length 6.40 metres (21 feet), wingspan 8.41 metres (27 feet 7 inches). The empty weight is around 281 Kg (620 pounds) while in NZ the MAUW is 544 Kg (1200 pounds). All of our P 96 Golfs have been powered by a 100 HP Rotax engine and this gives a cruise speed of around 115 knots, and the stall speed with flaps extended is around 36 knots.
We have had 23 P 96 Golf's registered in New Zealand (some with multiple registrations) and the first one to arrive here was registered in December 2000:2, ZK-SHL3 and ZK-SHL4 (see my earlier post on Alpi 300s of New Zealand). Thanks to Logan for the above photo which was taken at Tauranga