Piaggio P.180 Avanti

October 31, 2012 - 6:30pm
The  aircraft can be flown from the right seat by an engineering pilot or from a workstation in the cabin

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University took a leap forward toward its commitment to become an entrepreneurial go-to resource for the aerospace industry this week when the university announced an agreement with Montreal-based Advanced Aerospace Solutions (AdvAero), a U.S. joint venture with Marinvent Corporation.

October 29, 2012 - 3:00pm

Fractional provider Avantair continues to stand down operations and has retained safety expert Nick Sabatini to help complete a thorough examination of its fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avantis, including a comprehensive review of records and supporting maintenance documentation. It has also furloughed all of its pilots and operations staff.

October 25, 2012 - 3:12pm

The voluntary fleet grounding at Avantair apparently is continuing into its sixth day. Avantair told AIN earlier this week that it stood down its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avantis on Saturday to conduct safety checks. According to sources, the action was prompted by a July 28 incident in which an Avantair Avanti shed an elevator in flight.

October 23, 2012 - 3:45pm

On Saturday, fractional provider Avantair grounded its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops to conduct “a comprehensive examination of all maintenance records and aircraft.”

July 10, 2012 - 2:50pm
Avanti special missions

Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments (ADASI) signed a contract with Piaggio Aero today at the Farnborough Airshow for the Piaggio Aero MPA (multi-role patrol aircraft), a new special-missions surveillance aircraft based on the P.180 Avanti II. The agreement calls for aircraft launch customer ADASI to provide financing for Piaggio to build two prototypes. First flight is scheduled for 2014.

April 12, 2012 - 3:42pm

Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair announced on Tuesday that its entire fleet of fractional Piaggio Avantis will soon feature airborne high-speed Internet. The company is now installing Aircell ATG 5000 communications systems in its twin-turboprop fleet and expects to complete the work this summer. The ATG 5000 covers the continental U.S. above 10,000 feet and portions of Alaska, providing broadband connection via a nationwide network of ground stations.

March 27, 2012 - 12:10am
Piaggio Avanti II

Coming off its first two airplane sales in China, announced last month, Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aero is eager to prove here at the ABACE show that those two P.180 Avanti IIs represent just the opening of the door into the Chinese business aviation market.

January 25, 2012 - 2:20pm

Earlier this month a BeechJet 400A left Fort Lauderdale’s Banyan Air Service for Argentina outfitted with the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 Swift Broadband system. “About half our customer base is in South America, and that market is about to explode,” Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics, told AIN.

January 4, 2012 - 2:35pm

The FAA issued an airworthiness directive for the Piaggio Avanti baggage door based on an in-flight baggage door opening due to a defective locking mechanism or installation. The warning light went on properly before the event, but the pilot, who misinterpreted it as a false warning, ignored it.

November 22, 2011 - 5:31pm

Two Avantair pilots and two passengers suffered only minor injuries when their Piaggio Avanti P.180 went off the west side of Runway 18 and flipped over while landing at Flint (Mich.) Bishop International Airport last Wednesday.

 
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