Tecnam P92 Taildragger Flies
Tecnam's new P92TD taildragger airplane flew for the first time in late December 2011.
January 19, 2012 - Italian airplane maker Tecnam announced this week the successful first flight of the tailwheel version of its P92 piston single on December 22 of last year. The airplane is designated the P92TD for taildragger, of course.
Tecnam says market research shows that more than 50 percent of its prospective P92 owners prefer a taildragger, and an even larger group of pilots want side-by-side seating instead of tandem. And 70 percent of pilots in the survey told Tecnam they want an all-metal airplane instead of fabric-covered. The survey has convinced Tecnam that the P92TD will find wide acceptance among pilots who own, or are considering, a legacy taildragger, or one of the few other designs currently in production.
Tecnam will offer three engine options to power the P92TD, including the Rotax 912ULS2 or the Lycoming 0-233. Customers outside the United States can also select the Rotax 914 Turbo.
Tecnam has promised to release specifications, performance details and availability information at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland in March. Announcement of the P92TD comes on the heels of the P92 Eaglet introduced earlier in 2011, and the P92 Sea-Sky Hydroplane that was unveiled last month. Tecnam is into its fifth generation of P92 design. For more information, click here.