Piaggio

May 6, 2008 - 10:00am

The final day of the NBAA convention in Orlando, Fla., last month opened to gray clouds and gathering rain. But for the Piaggio Aero team, there was nothing but sunshine and broad smiles.

For the Italian aviation company, the three-day show was highlighted by a record-setting flight, orders for 11 new airplanes, entry into the fractional-ownership market and a 600-hr engine TBO extension.

March 26, 2008 - 11:00am

Piaggio Aero, the Italian maker of the sleek P.180 Avanti, is engaged in “some very positive” discussions that would create a fractional-ownership fleet of P.180s.
Steve Hanvey, president and CEO of Piaggio America and a board member of parent company Piaggio Aero, told AIN the Genoa-based aircraft manufacturer has been approached by a number of fractional operators, “including some in Europe.”

March 7, 2008 - 4:55am

Rockwell Collins last month gained an STC for its Pro Line 21 IDS (integrated display system) in King Air 200s equipped with SPZ-200 autopilots. Superior Aircraft Maintenance of Medford, Ore., performed the installation, replacing the twin turboprop’s panel with three 8- by 10-inch flat-panel displays, digital weather radar and Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) server for viewing electronic charts, checklists and other information.

February 17, 2008 - 10:21pm

Rockwell Collins (Stand No. P65) announced that a supplemental type certificate for its Pro Line 21 Integrated display system on King Air 200 aircraft with an SPZ 200 autopilot is now available to dealers. Superior Aircraft Maintenance of Medford, Oregon, completed the installation. The Pro Line 21 King Air installation integrates with the aircraft’s existing autopilot and sensors.

January 24, 2008 - 10:36am

Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair has been steadily building its operation and is taking delivery of the twin turboprops as fast as Piaggio can make them. Next year it will expand its fleet in a different direction with the addition of entry-level Phenom 100 twinjets. We sat down with Avantair founder and CEO Steve Santo for an update on the company and to find out what his plans are for the new fleet type.

January 11, 2008 - 4:25am

Notwithstanding the weak economy, Piaggio delivered 14 Avantis last year, two more than in 2001 and eight more than in 2000, when the reorganized Italian company resumed production and marketing of the twin turboprop. Although the total number of Avanti deliveries over the last three years is modest compared with those of other aircraft manufacturers, Piaggio’s growth rate is enviable in terms of percentage.

January 7, 2008 - 9:40am

Piaggio America of Greenville, S.C., has signed a deal for nine Avanti twin turboprops for a new fractional operation by Calgary, Alberta, Canada startup Avia Aviation. The contract includes a firm order for three Avantis, with options for six more. This is Piaggio’s second order from a fractional operator. The first was from Skyline Aviation at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., for six Avantis, with an option for two more.

December 27, 2007 - 6:54am

In its first-quarter FY2008 report issued in mid-November, Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional provider Avantair said revenues increased 52.9 percent, to $25.7 million, year-over-year, but its quarterly net loss increased to $4.8 million from $3.8 million the previous year.

December 14, 2007 - 7:26am

While no manufacturers actually launched new aircraft at the NBAA Convention last month, several did commit to major improvements for their existing products. Notably, Cessna, Piaggio and Bombardier announced extensive upgrades–involving newer or more powerful engines, avionics and/or interior makeovers–for their CJ1 and CJ2, Avanti and Learjet 40 business airplanes, respectively.

December 14, 2007 - 7:14am

Avantair, which operates a fractional ownership fleet of Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops, signed its 100th customer last month. Phil Satre, chairman of the board of Harrah’s Entertainment, purchased a one-eighth share. Avantair, established two years ago, has offices in Caldwell, N.J., Reno, Nev. and St. Petersburg, Fla.

 
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