The AVIA FL.3 (also later known as the Lombardi FL.3) was an Italian two-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by Azionaria Vercellese Industrie Aeronautiche (AVIA) who were later taken over by Lombardi in 1947.
The FL.3 was a simple low-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed landing gear and powered by an 85 hp (63 kW) Continental C-85 engine. It had room for a pilot and passenger sitting side-by-side and could either have an open or enclosed cockpit. The first aircraft flew in 1939 and production was started, but ended temporarily when the Second World War started.
Production resumed after the war and in 1947 the company was taken over by Lombardi. Over 700 aircraft had been built by AVIA and Lombardi when production stopped in 1948.
In 1953 Meteor SpA acquired the rights for the FL.3 and with some re-design produced it as the Meteor FL.53 and this was followed by a three-seat version the FL.54 powered by a 135 hp Lycoming engine. A four-seat version the FL.55 was also produced powered by either a 150 hp (112 kW) or 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming engine.AVIA FL.3
Production version by AVIA powered by a 60 hp (45 kW) CNA D.4 engine.
Production version by Lombardi.
Modified version built by Meteor powered by a 65 hp (48 kW) Continental engine, eight built.
FL.53 with a 90 hp (67 kW) Continental engine, four built.
Three-seat variant powered by a 90 hp (67 kW) Continental C90-12F engine, 10 built by Meteor.
Four-seat variant powered by 135 hp (100 kW) Lycoming engine, four built by Meteor.
FL.55 powered by a 150 hp (112 kW) Lycoming engine, ten built by Meteor.
FL.55 powered by a 180 hp (130 kW) Lycoming engine, one built by Meteor.
The Super was a four-seat FL.55 with enlarged vertical tail and a 220 hp Meteor Alfa 4 engine, one built.
The Bis was a two-seat variant of the Super fitted with a 110 hp Meteor Alfa 2 engine.
Zrakoplovstvo Nezavisne Države Hrvatske
Luftwaffe operated captured aircraft.
Kingdom of Italy
Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force
Italian Social Republic
Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana
Italian Air Force
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2380
General characteristicsCapacity: 2-seat
Length: 6.35 m (20 ft 10 in)
Wingspan: 9.85 m (32 ft 3¾ in)
Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Wing area: 14.35 m2 (154.47 ft2)
Empty weight: 340 kg (750 lb)
Gross weight: 570 kg (1257 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Continental C-85 flat-four piston, 63 kW (85 hp)
PerformanceMaximum speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)
Range: 555 km (342 miles)
Service ceiling: 6000 m (19,685 ft)