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  • Aviamilano F.14 Nibbio

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    Description

    The Aviamilano F.14 Nibbio (Kite, as in the bird) is a four-seat, single engine cabin monoplane built in Italy in the late 1950s. Only ten production aircraft were completed.

    General Information

    Designed by Stelio Frati, the Nibbio is a conventionally laid out, cantilever low wing monoplane, seating four in two rows. It is a scaled-up version of Frati's successful two seat F.8 Falco. The Nibbio has a wooden structure and is mostly plywood skinned with fabric overall, though the rear control surfaces have only fabric covering. The single spar wing, which is straight tapered and square tipped carries electrically operated split flaps and has 5° of dihedral.

     

    The fuselage is a two-part monocoque structure, bolted together. The rear surfaces are tapered and straight edged; the elevator has a flight adjustable trim tab. Forward, the upper fuselage line merges into that of the cabin glazing over a baggage space behind the rear bench seat. The front seats have dual control. Cabin access is via a starboard side door. The Nibbio is powered by a 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 air-cooled four cylinder horizontally opposed engine, fed fuel from one fuselage and two wing tanks. It has an electrically retractable tricycle undercarriage with hydraulic brakes and a steerable nosewheel. The main legs are wing mounted and retract inwards.

     

    By 2010 only two Nibbios remained on the European civil aircraft registers, one in Italy and one in the UK.

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    Specifications

    Seats:
    4
    Length:
    7.25 m (23 ft 9 in)
    Wingspan:
    9.50 m (31 ft 2 in)
    Height:
    2.48 m (8 ft 2 in)
    Wing Area:
    12.90 sq m (138.9 sq ft)
    Wing Loading:
    80.94 kg/sq m (16.58 lb/sq ft)
    Empty Weight:
    680 kg (1,499 lb)
    MTOW:
    Gross weight: 1,150 kg (2,535 lb)
    Fuel Capacity:
    210 l (55 US gal; 46 imp gal)
    Powerplant:
    1 × Lycoming O-360-A1A Air-cooled flat four, 130 kW (180 hp)
    Vne:
    Maximum speed: 335 km/h (208 mph, 181 kn) at sea level
    Cruise Speed:
    270 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn) economic. Maximum cruising speed 310 km/h (210 mph; 167 kn)
    Stall Speed:
    82 km/h (51 mph, 44 kn) at sea level with 30° flaps
    Range:
    1,000 km (620 mi, 540 nmi) with 30 min reserves
    Takeoff Dist.:
    to 15 m (49 ft): 450 m (1,476 ft)
    Landing Dist.:
    150 m (492 ft)
    Rate of Climb:
    Time to altitude: 8 min to 2,000 m (6,500 ft)
    Service Ceiling:
    5,400 m (17,700 ft)

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