Tecnam Introduces P92 Classic Light, Announces 12-Plane P2008 Order
P92 Classic Light
By Marino Boric, EAA 1069644, EAA European Correspondent
December 20, 2012 - Italian manufacturer Tecnam announced its P92 aircraft is now available in the Classic Light ultralight/microlight version, priced at the "flyaway" price of $74,900 U.S.
The P92 Classic Light is the seventh generation of the P92, which celebrates 20 years of production. It differs from the original by the choice of the less-powerful 80-hp Rotax 912 instead of the 100-hp, and a lighter, less expensive propeller.
The Classic Light also has a shorter engine cowling with smaller prop spacer, basic interiors, lightweight carbon fiber seats, lighter 4-inch wheels and brakes, and simpler exterior painting. The shorter wing is 28.5 feet long, nearly 2 feet shorter than the Classic model.
The P92 Classic Light LSA configuration is delivered at 595 pounds empty weight with MTOW of 1,047 pounds.
The P92 worldwide fleet counts nearly 2,000 airplanes in both ULM/LSA and VLA categories, with 200,000 hours flown. The P92 Classic Light is the 13th variant and follows on from the launch earlier this year of both the P92 taildragger and P92 Sea-Sky Hydroplane.
"We have built our reputation at Tecnam on producing aeroplanes that offer outstanding value," said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's managing director. "Our latest P92 model, the P92 Classic Light, is assured of a warm welcomed by the microlight pilot community."
Tecnam also recently announced that the Aero-Club Air France has placed an order for 12 Tecnam P2008JC CS/VLA single-engine, four-place airplanes, adding to its previous order of 25. The P2008 is the first Tecnam to use metal wings and a metal stabilator with a composite fuselage.
The first three deliveries, slated for the first quarter of 2013, will be night VFR-equipped. Final TC from EASA is expected in May 2013.