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The Piaggo P-180 is one of the fastest private planes out there and uses the push system.

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    $\begingroup$ You may wish to read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pusher_configuration#Disadvantages which describes a number of engineering considerations for a pusher configuration. $\endgroup$ – Greg Hewgill Aug 6 '15 at 23:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Ethan You might consider putting a little more detail in your questions. A lot of the question you are writing look more like statements... It's okay to restate your question (with a little more detail) in the body of the question. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Aug 7 '15 at 16:36
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Pusher engines do not generate more thrust; they are basically the same engines, but mounted in a different configuration. As pointed out by @JanHudec in the comments, this configuration can be more efficient since in a traditional puller configuration the air displaced by the propeller washes over the wings and fuselage, thus increasing drag.

There are several considerations, such as those set out in the reference already given by Greg Hewgill in comments.

However, the main reason why propeller pushers are not as used on commercial aircraft is safety. Consider an aircraft taking off. If the pusher engines are placed, as usual, at the rear of the A/C, then the propeller tips are rather close to the ground. Even if the propeller does not actually make contact, any debris present on the runway and lifted by the A/C can conceivably end up within the propeller disk. This would be, naturally, at about the worst phase of flight to lose power.

This is perhaps less of a concern on drones and small aircraft used in GA. The pilot (and owner) may choose to forego a bit of safety to obtain a more compact aircraft and where the pilot's field of view is not interfered with by the presence of a spinner disk.

Another point that can be considered is the fact that turboprop engines are generally used in commercial aircraft that require shorter take-off and landing distances, to connect to smaller airports that handle jets with difficulty or not at all. In this case, a pusher configuration that requires higher speeds and longer runways would not be appropriate. On the other hand, in a puller configuration some of the prop-wash can be used to generate further lift through the Coandă effect and decrease take-off distance.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, pusher engines are more efficient, see this answer. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Aug 7 '15 at 9:20
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    $\begingroup$ @JanHudec The OP used the expression "generate more thrust". The engines do not generate more thrust, it is used more efficiently. Not quite the same. ;-) $\endgroup$ – ALAN WARD Aug 7 '15 at 9:39
  • $\begingroup$ It is not quite the same indeed, because the propeller itself has the same efficiency, the difference being in drag around the fuselage and wings. It still needs to be clarified, because while OP used the expression “generate more thrusts” I doubt they were aware of the subtlety. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Aug 7 '15 at 9:45
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    $\begingroup$ @JanHudec "It still needs to be clarified" - you are perhaps right, have added it at the beginning of the answer. $\endgroup$ – ALAN WARD Aug 7 '15 at 9:57
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The Piaggio is certainly fast but I'm pretty sure the speed is due to the plane's overall sleek shape, smooth skin, and resultant low drag working together with the high-power turbine engines. I don't think the push prop design is any more efficient, though the Italian style is first class.

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    $\begingroup$ "The Italian style is first class" - I especially like the handlebar moustache! $\endgroup$ – Jon Story Aug 7 '15 at 13:45

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