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FSX – New Pilot Review – Piaggio P-180 Avanti (P180)

What I’ve learned to do for landings with the P-180 is come in slightly high of glide path.  With flaps in the “take-off” configuration, 100 knots is a cliff.  As soon as you get below it, this plane drops like a stone.  Above 100 knots, as I commented before, it floats indefinitely.

So, I usually come in a bit high of glide path — “3 whites, 1 red” if you have VAI in view — and about 10 seconds before I cross the threshold, I lower the landing gear.  This dramatically increases the drag on the aircraft.

Once I’m over the threshold, I then throttle back to 15% power, perhaps 20%.  Do not drop the throttle to zero or you will start flying like a brick.

With the C208, a zero-throttle landing works fine.  With the P-180, you crater.

Dip the nose, bring in the flaps, and then start your flare.  As the flaps come up, your lift decreases, and the P-180 settles down nicely.  Do not relax, however, because the next issue with the P-180 is about to show its head.

On short runways, this dart-like airframe does not like to stop rolling even with full breaks applied.  Thrust-reversing is non-optional, which just adds one more thing to juggle during the landing.

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  1. Mark CXA761 Mark CXA761

    Great write up and congrats on your first few flights at CXA.

  2. Matt Gaboriault CXA029 Matt Gaboriault CXA029

    Nice review Michel. From what I understand, I think you’ll love the Q400!

  3. Alain Alain

    How and welcome aboard. I can’t wait to see your other post and follow you through your journey

    Vatsim ATO Instructor.

  4. Mike Chute Mike Chute

    Welcome to the BEST Virtual Airline on the web. Enjoyed your article and look forward to more!

    Mike CXA524

  5. Mike CXA362 Mike CXA362

    Excellent read !

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