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FS2002/FS2004 Piaggio P-166CL2

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FS2002/FS2004 Piaggio P-166CL2. The fifth of the coming P-166 aircraft series. The Piaggio P-166A is a light small twin. An exotic two-engined prop that sold all over the world. The P-166CL2 was developed to take advantage of the cabin spaciousness of the P-166 series: a new landing gear that retracts under the fuselage into two small blisters lets expand the internal useful area backwards between the wings, as there is no central section. This lets the P-166CL2 accomodate 12 poassengers plus pilot. The old gear bays at the side of te fuselage were replaced with two large windows that give a strange top-down view for the passenger. Tiptanks are optionally unattachable, as using them plus 12 passengers makes the plane go overweight. This means that the 12 passengers can only be transported on a considerabily short range. Only two P-166CL2s were built, due to the low-range caused by the small old-type tiptanks and the instability of the new landing gear that gave serious problems while taxiing. The P-166C is dated October 1964 and was converted to CL2 in 1972. The aircraft is still in production in a slightly modified turboprop version, the P-166D-P1. This model is 760 Kbs with c.a. 23000 polygons in c.a. 170 assemblies. Features clickable dynamic VC with non-planar throttle quadrant. Detailed internals. Fully compatible with FS2002 (Pro edition). By Mario Noriega.

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