Pottier P.70

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P.70
Pottier p 170 s PH-AFP.jpg
Pottier P.170S
Role Sport aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Homebuilt
Designer Jean Pottier
First flight 1970s

The Pottier P.70 was a single-seat, single-engine sport aircraft developed in France in the 1970s and marketed for homebuilding.[1] It was a mid-wing cantilever monoplane of conventional design with an enclosed cockpit.[2] Originally designed with fixed, tricycle undercarriage, the plans were later revised to offer a fixed, tailwheel option.[2] Construction throughout was of metal.[2] A two-seat, tandem version was developed as the P.170.[2]

Variants[edit]

  • P.70B - single-seat version with tricycle undercarriage[2]
  • P.70S - single-seat version with tailwheel undercarriage[2]
  • P.170S - version with two seats in tandem and retractable tricycle undercarriage[2]

Specifications (P.70S)[edit]

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987–88 p. 588

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 5.15 m (16 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 5.85 m (19 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 7.2 m2 (78 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 215 kg (474 lb)
  • Gross weight: 325 kg (716 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Volkswagen air-cooled engine, 30 kW (40 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 180 km/h (110 mph)
  • Range: 400 km (250 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,800 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 0.7 m/s (150 ft/min)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 6 March 2013 a P170s (PH-AFP) made a forced landing in a field near Teuge Airport. For yet unknown reasons, the pilot had to return but had to land in a field before reaching the airfield. The 2 occupants remained unharmed and were able to safely disembark the aircraft. The aircraft was damaged and the propeller had broken off.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor 1989, p.751
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987–88, p.588
  3. ^ http://www.nu.nl/binnenland/3360978/vliegtuigje-maakt-noodlanding-naast-vliegveld-teuge.html

References[edit]

  • Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987–88. London: Jane's Publishing. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.