Tecnam P92

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P92 Echo
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Role Two-seat ultralight monoplane
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Tecnam
Designer Luigi Pascale
First flight 14 March 1993[1]
Status In production
Unit cost
US$130,999 (P92 Eaglet model, 2011)
P-92 J

The Tecnam P92 Echo and Tecnam P92 Eaglet are Italian high-winged, light aircraft, designed by Luigi Pascale and built by Tecnam of Naples.[2][3]

Design and development[edit]

The P92 design dates to 1960, but versions comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules and US light-sport aircraft rules. It features a strut-braced high-wing, an enclosed cabin with two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration accessed by doors, fixed tricycle landing gear or conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[3]

The aircraft is made sheet aluminum tubing. Standard engines available are the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS, 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 and the 100 hp (75 kW) Lycoming O-233 four-stroke powerplants.[3]

The P92 Eaglet was introduced in 2008. It employs a cockpit section made of steel tubing covering in sheet aluminum and a monocoque tail cone. It also features a new wing design, a rear window and a cabin that is 117 cm (46 in) wide.[3]

The design is an accepted Federal Aviation Administration special light-sport aircraft.[4]

Variants[edit]

Tecnam P92 Taildragger
P92-JS
An upgraded version of the P92-J with 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912S. Changes include shortened wings, metal flaps, redesigned engine cowling and fairings.
P92-LY
As P92 JS but with Lycoming YO-233-B2A engine instead of Rotax
P92 Echo
Available with 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL or 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS engine.
Tecnam P92 Sea-Sky
P92 Sea-Sky
Amphibian version of the P92 Echo, with conventional floats equipped with retractable wheels.[3]
P92-S Echo
Redesigned wings, engine cowling, windshield and fairing to reduce drag. Available with 81 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912U or 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912S.
P92 Echo Super
With 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS.
P92-J
An upgraded version of the Echo. Available with 81 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912U.
P92 2000RG
Fuselage redesigned, shorter wingspan, retractable landing gear. With 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912S engine.
P92-JS
P92 Eaglet
100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912 engine, adds winglets to improve aerodynamic efficiency[3]
P92 Eaglet G5
As P92 Eaglet but with free-castering nosewheel instead of steerable
P92 Eaglet G5LY
As P92 Eaglet G5 but with Lycoming YO-233-B2A engine instead of Rotax.[3]
P92-TD
A conventional landing gear equipped (taildragger) compliant with the American Light Sport rules, First flown on 22 December 2011 and introduced at Sun 'n Fun 2012.[3] [5]
P92 Echo Light Classic
Tricycle landing gear equipped version with a gross weight of 500 kg (1,102 lb)[3]

Operators[edit]

Civil[edit]

The P92 is popular with flight training schools and is also operated by private individuals and companies.

Military[edit]

Specifications (P92-JS)[edit]

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 2004-05[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 6.4 m (21 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.3 m (30 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 2.49 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 13.2 m2 (142 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 304 kg (670 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 550 kg (1,213 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 90 l (24 US gal; 20 imp gal) total with 80 l (21 US gal; 18 imp gal) usable (70 l (18 US gal; 15 imp gal) total in earlier versions)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS 4-cylinder air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 73.5 kW (98.6 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed GT-172/164, 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) diameter fixed pitch wooden propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 235 km/h (146 mph, 127 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 210 km/h (130 mph, 110 kn) at 75% power with propeller 2,200 rpm
  • Stall speed: 70 km/h (43 mph, 38 kn) flaps down
  • Never exceed speed: 270 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn)
  • Range: 800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi)
  • Endurance: 4.5-5 hours
  • Service ceiling: 4,510 m (14,800 ft)
  • g limits: +3.8 -1.5
  • Maximum glide ratio: 13
  • Rate of climb: 6 m/s (1,200 ft/min)
  • Take-off run: 143 m (469 ft)
  • Landing run: 100 m (328 ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jackson, Paul, ed. (2005). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 2004-05 (95th ed.). London: Jane's Publishing Group. pp. 323–324. ISBN 0-7106-2614-2.
  2. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Berkemeier, Martin; al, et, eds. (2015). "Tecnam P92". World Directory of Light Aviation 2011-12. Lancaster: 80. ISSN 1368-485X.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tacke, Willi; Boric, Marino; al, et, eds. (2015). "Tecnam P92". World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16. Lancaster: 82–83. ISSN 1368-485X.
  4. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (26 September 2016). "SLSA Make/Model Directory". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Tecnam to Produce P92 Tail Dragger". Retrieved 6 August 2012.

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