During a recent visit to Piaggio’s Italian home, EBACE Convention News got a first-hand demonstration of how the P180 Avanti can enable business people to make trips that would have been infeasible by other means. Having briefed journalists at its Genoa headquarters on the northwest coast of Italy, Piaggio wanted them to visit the famous Ferrari sports car factory in Maranello near Modena in the center of the country.
By car, this would have meant a three-hour, 180-mile drive. Via airline, it would have required an aggravating change at either the Rome or Milan hubs that would have taken the best part of half a day in each direction. By Avanti, it meant a simple half-hour hop across the Apennine mountains that are Italy’s backbone.
An Avanti I took off from Genoa’s Cristoforo Columbo Airport at 7:25 a.m. carrying six passengers. Seven minutes later it reached a cruise altitude of 15,000 feet (a temporary ATC restriction). It landed at Bologna’s Guglielmo Airport at 7:53 and the party reached the Ferrari factory by 8:25 a.m. (transiting in a sedately driven mini-bus–not one of the company’s insanely fast products). The side trip simply would not have been feasible by any other means.
To Ferrari by Avanti
Sector length: 150 nm
Sector time: 28 minutes
Fuel burn: 500 pounds
Speed: 395 knots