According to an industry source, Piaggio will announce more improvements for the P.180 Avanti twin turboprop before year-end. While the source wouldn’t discuss more details, one of the most obvious areas that Piaggio has yet to address is the Avanti’s unmistakable whine, which has led to its being the only modern turboprop banned under noise restrictions at Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport.
Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Fractional provider Avantair, which operates only Piaggio Avanti turboprop twins, officially opened its newly renovated operations center at its headquarters at Clearwater/St. Petersburg (Fla.) Airport this morning. 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.
Avanti Gets Pro Line 21 Retrofit
Rockwell Collins has teamed with Ruag Business Aviation of Switzerland on a Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade for the Piaggio Avanti turboprop twin. The retrofit
It’s no secret that Piaggio Aero has been working on developing a jet, and this work has accelerated with the support of shareholders Tata and Mubadala. According to John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer for Piaggio Aero, development of the P1XX jet is ongoing and the recession has allowed Piaggio Aero to hire some new talent to help bring the program to fruition.
Piaggio Aero (Booth No. 1325) took a bold stance during the recession to broaden worldwide recognition of its P180 Avanti II twin turboprop, according to John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer for Piaggio Aero. “It paid off for us,” Bingham told AIN. Potential buyers who might not have considered purchasing an Avanti have added the turboprop to their shopping lists, he said.
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Fractional Piaggio Avanti operator Avantair late last week announced more fleet expansion, further growth and new personnel hires. Avantair is continuing to take deliveries of new Avanti II turboprop twins and expects to more than double the size of its fleet over the next three years from 52 to 107 aircraft, the Clearwater, Fla.-based company said.
Piaggio Avanti II, Greenland, Oct. 16, 2009–The pilot departed Keflavik, Iceland, for a two-hour ferry flight to Narsarsuaq, Greenland. When he reached his destination he encountered inclement weather and decided to divert. The turboprop twin ran out of fuel while attempting to reach the alternate airport at Kangerlussuaq and crash-landed on the icecap approximately 55 miles short of its destination.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the Piaggio Avanti based upon an operator report of a short circuit between a generator power cable and an anti-ice shutoff valve, which was caused by chafing between the cable and the valve. The insulation of the cable and surrounding sleeve were worn off as a result.
Jet Works Air Center began life as Denton Business Air Center in 2004, when president Trey Bryson left DeCrane and joined with four associates to launch his own MRO. The company started with four employees, two of whom were principal partners, and moved into a 12,000-sq-ft paint facility and an 11,000-sq-ft general maintenance hangar.