|Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):|
or if they even have a Vmc speed.
|Quoting BCA Pilot Report:|
At FL 350 we excited the Dutch roll for another look at the Avanti’s lateral/ directional characteristics, and without any stability augmentation devices the aircraft exhibited good damping, returning to steady flight in six cycles.
Spiral stability was also very good, with almost no tendency for the Avanti to continue into a spiral when the controls were freed after the aircraft was placed in a 10-degree bank. Adverse yaw is minimal, thereby negating the need for any unusual compensation with rudder coordination.
Also, the aircraft’s ailerons have a comfortably light feel, and roll rate is well over 30 degrees per second, which Piaggio engineers feel might be a little too spritely for a typical corporate aircraft. I thought the Avanti behaved nicely in all aspects of its lateral/directional handling, however.
The aircraft also performed equally well in pitch; all modes of stability were well damped, and control was authoritative. The Avanti felt very much at home at FL350, responding smartly to my control inputs and not balking at large changes in attitude as we attempted steep turns and roll-rate checks.
After the look at high speed handling, we descended to FL 200 for a brief feel of one-engine-inoperative flight. While Piaggio engineers have yet to determine VMC in flight, which they estimate will be about 100 knots, we shut down one PT6 and experienced no unusual characteristics at cruise airspeed.
|Quoting MD-90 (Reply 3):|
Must've been an early report
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