Aircraft

PIAGGIO AVANTI P180

The development of Piaggio P180 Avanti dates back to launch in 1981. Gates Learjet became involved in the project in 1983 but withdrew for economic reasons in 1986. Piaggio assumed total control of the program and all tooling was transferred to Italy. The first prototype flew in 1987 and was certified by Italian authorities in March 1990.The first production aircraft was rolled out in May 1990 and USFAA certification was granted in October 1990, customer deliveries began in September 1991. The innovative Avanti with its jet-like performance and turboprop -like operating cost was unfortunately a slow seller in spite of its modern features and advanced design. Production was halted in the mid-90s but the aircraft was re-introduced to the marketplace in 2000 with deliveries beginning once again. A total of 104 aircraft were delivered till 2006. The Avanti P180 is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney of Canada . The engines drive five blades constant speed Hartzell propellers and have an inspection interval of 3,000 hours. A three screen Collins EFIS avionics suite is standard with a five-screen Collins EFIS system as an optional installation. The Avanti P180 is a twin turboprop business aircraft constructed of aluminum and other composite materials. It's unorthodox design is unique for a corporate type aircraft that features three flying surfaces-the canard foreplane, main wing and T-tail. This arrangement offers not only the benefits of the canard but also allows the wing to be positioned on the fuselage so that it does not adversely affect cabin interior space. The canard also provides a positive lift component in addition to that produced by the main wing. This design allows the main wing to be reduced in size resulting in less weight and drag. The pusher engine configuration was chosen to reduce cabin noise. The Avanti employs a retractable tricycle landing gear with a single wheel on the main gear and a dual nose wheel mount. The aircraft is certified for single pilot operation. The typical cabin seating is for 8 or 10 passengers . Executive/VIP seating is five. The airstair is located on the port side forward to the wing. Cabin dimensions are 14.1ft in length, 5.8ft. in height and 6.1ft. in width.

CONFIGURATIONS

General A
Category Multiengine Turboprop < 12,500 lbs.
Years Aircraft Manufactured 1990 - 1995, 2000 - 2006
Serial Number Range 1001-1104

Characteristics
Seating 1+7/9
Wing Loading 67.0
Power Loading 6.8
Noise(EPNdB): Takeoff/Sideline/Approach 76.0

External Dimensions (ft)
External Length 47.3
External Height 13.0
External Span 46.0

Internal Dimensions (ft)
Internal Length (Overall/Net Height) 14.1/14.1
Internal Height 5.8
Internal Width (Max/Floor) 6.1/4.3

Baggage
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. N/A
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. N/A

Power
Engines 2 P&WC PT6A-66
Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating 850shp/ISA+42
Inspection Interval 3,000t

Flight specifications

  • PASSENGERS CAPACITY: 6
  • CREW: 2
  • RANGE: 1750
  • WINGSPAN: 14.03M
  • SERVICE CEILING: 41000FT
  • TOP SPEED: 395KTS
  • ENGINE TYPE: 2 P&W PTA6A-66

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