Fractional provider Avantair, which operates only Piaggio Avanti turboprop twins, opened a new operations center at its headquarters at Clearwater/St. Petersburg (Fla.) Airport early last month. The facility–which features three 200-inch screens to track aircraft 24/7 and monitor weather and breaking news–now serves as mission control for all Avantair flights. Specialized crews of pilot services, maintenance controllers, flight specialists and flight followers sit in stadium- like seating facing the screens. According to Avantair CEO Steve Santo, operations personnel also started using new, real-time optimization software about two months ago and have seen efficiency gains of between 5 and 10 percent, thanks to fewer deadhead flights and less outsourced charter. Avantair currently has 55 Avanti and Avanti II twin turboprops in its fleet.
Avantair Opens New Ops Center in Clearwater
- July 6, 2010, 10:43 AM