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Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti II Final Approach and Landing
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti II landing and take off Eindhoven Airport 2013
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Flight Inspections ENAV provided by Piaggio P180 Avanti II.
Flight Inspections ENAV provided by Piaggio P180 Avanti II.
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Tutorial Vuelo completo X-Plane 10 - Piaggio P.180 Avanti (español)
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Piaggio P180 cockpit take-off out of KVNY Avanti II
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Piaggio P.180 Avanti II ► Takeoff ✈ Groningen Airport Eelde
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Piaggio P.180 Avanti II ► Landing ✈ Groningen Airport Eelde
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P180 Avanti II - Short Field Ops - Kyritz, Germany
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Flight Simulator X - Piaggio P-180 Avanti Review
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Third attempt to start the Piaggio P-180 Avanti
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Foxair Piaggio P180 Avanti
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Presentation of the Piaggio Avanti P180 by Av8jet
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Piaggio P180 Avanti II Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe LPR SP-MXI landing and take-off from Rebiechowo EPGD
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Piaggio P180 Avanti II
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti II aircraft N481BR
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti prep/engine start up/taxi/and take off
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Piaggio Aero  P.180 Avanti Video Clip
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X-Plane - Piaggio P180 Avanti - KAPA Landing
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Piaggio Avanti P180 2 BMG
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Piaggio P180 "Avanti II" 3D model in extreme scale
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti (Jetfly Aviation) HD
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti [N163SL] Takes Off at San Jose International Airport-SJC
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Piaggio P.180 Avanti Landing & Takeoff
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Executive Blue by Blue Panorama Airlines Piaggio P-180 Avanti Take off
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Piaggio P.180 Avanti Takeoff!!
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti II [I-FXRH] Nantes Atlantique
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Piaggio P-180 Avanti take-off RWY 32 @ ZRH - 22/4/2012
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Air Walser Piaggio P-180 Avanti
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[HD] Avantair Piaggio P-180 Avanti Philadelphia Intl Airport
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Piaggio P 180 Avanti auf der AERO 2014 FN
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Piaggio P180 Avanti II - Startup test #2
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Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II at the Dupage Airport on 6-25-2012
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P180 Avanti
Piaggio P-180 Avanti Rennes 2010.jpg
Role Executive transport
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Piaggio Aero
First flight 26 September 1986
Introduction 30 September 1990
Status In production
Primary users Avantair
Italian Armed Forces
K-air[1][2]
AirGO Flugservice GmbH[3]
Produced 1986-present
Number built 216 delivered as of November 2011[4]
Unit cost
US$ 7 million [5]

The Piaggio P180 Avanti is an Italian executive transport aircraft with twin turboprop engines mounted in pusher configuration.[6] It seats up to nine passengers in a pressurized cabin, and may be flown by one or two pilots. The design is of three-surface configuration, having both a small forward wing and a conventional tail plane as well as its main wing, with the wing spars passing outside of the passenger cabin area.

Development[edit]

Showing the continuously-varying curve of the fuselage cross-section and forward wing
The Avanti’s forward wing flaps deploy automatically with the main wing flaps to maintain neutral pitch trim.
Piaggio P 180 Avanti
Planform view of the Avanti, highlighting its unusual design
On climb out
Avanti parked on tarmac

Design studies began in 1979 and designs were tested in wind tunnels in Italy and the United States in 1980 and 1981. A collaboration with Learjet to develop the aircraft began in 1983 but ended on 13 January 1986, with Piaggio continuing development on its own. The first prototype flew on 23 September 1986.[7] American and Italian certification was obtained on 2 October 1990.[8] Learjet's influence can be seen in the two "delta fins" mounted on the bottom of the tail, as found on most Learjets; these devices help provide yaw stability and pitch stability at high angles of incidence.[citation needed]

The first 12 fuselages were manufactured in Wichita, with H & H Parts and Plessey Midwest, then flown to Italy for final assembly. Avanti Aviation Wichita ran out of money in 1994; the project languished until a group of investors led by Piero Ferrari became involved in 1998. The 100th aircraft was delivered in October 2005 and the 150th in May 2008. Piaggio has reported that, as of October 2010, the Avanti and Avanti II fleets have now logged over 500,000 flight hours.[9]

An improved Avanti II obtained European and U.S. certification in November 2005. Six months later, 70 planes had been ordered, including 36 by Avantair. The Avanti II features uprated Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engines and flies about 18 km/h (11 mph) faster, with better fuel economy; an all-new "glass panel" avionics suite reduces cockpit clutter. In addition to heading, attitude and navigation information, flat panel color LCD displays add collision avoidance (TCAS), ground proximity (TAWS) and real-time graphic weather depiction.

The Avanti is marketed as being faster than other turboprops and many mid-sized jets, while being up to 40% more fuel efficient than market-competing jets.[10]

Design[edit]

The Avanti's turboprop engines are placed on a mid-set, high aspect ratio wing located just behind the cabin. The three-surface design incorporates both a T-tail and a pair of small, fixed forewings having slight anhedral and landing flaps. On the Avanti II these flaps automatically deploy in concert with main wing flaps. This reduces the load on the the tail plane, even when the flaps are deployed, by reducing the pitch-down moment created by the deployment of the main wing flaps. This in turn allows the size of both the tail plane and the main wing to be reduced.[11][12][13][14] This particular three-lifting-surface configuration was patented in 1982.[15]

The forward wing's Angle of incidence relative to the fuselage is set so that it stalls before the main wing, producing an automatic nose-down effect prior to the onset of main wing stall; its five-degree anhedral (negative dihedral) keeps the stream wash interference clear of the engine inlets, the main wing and the tail plane.[12]

The cabin cross-section varies continuously along the length of the aircraft; the shape approximates a NACA airfoil section, and the slowly changing curve helps prolong laminar flow on the front of the fuselage. Piaggio claims that the fuselage contributes up to 20% of the Avanti's total lift, with the front and rear wing providing the remaining 80%. Due to the unusual fuselage shape, the mid cabin is considerably wider than the cockpit. The front and rear airfoils are custom sections designed by Dr. Jerry Gregorek of Ohio State University's Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory to achieve a drag-reducing 50% laminar flow at cruise. The company claims the overall design of the P180 Avanti II enables the wing to be 34% smaller than on conventional aircraft.[16]

The P180 is said to have good fuel efficiency relative to other small turbojets flying in the same speed and altitude range. Flight International stated: "The Avanti has no direct turboprop competitors, its closest jet rivals are the Raytheon Premier I and the Cessna Citation CJ2+... Piaggio says low-drag laminar flow is maintained to around 50% of wing chord, compared with around 20-25% for conventional tractor turboprops where propeller wash disturbs the airflow over the wing... specific air range at high altitude is 3.4km/kg (0.84nm/lb) compared with around 2km/kg (0.49nm/lb) for current jets or 2.7km/kg (0.67nm/lb) for other turboprops."[17] By this estimate, mileage is 70% better per-fuel-unit than comparable jet aircraft, however this extreme efficiency is achieved only at a relatively slow 315 KTAS and FL410.[18] P180 Avanti II Specifications now show slightly lower numbers for specific range of 3.1 km/kg (0.76 nm/lb).

Interior noise is lower than conventional turboprop aircraft, because the propellers and engine exhausts are located behind the cabin. Piaggio quotes 68 dBA. However, due to the strongly disturbed flow in which the pusher propellers operate, the exterior noise is higher. The exterior noise level and its higher pitched sound has been shown to be the result primarily of the interaction of the turbine engine exhaust flows and the five bladed pusher props (est. +9 dB).[19] On take off, the Avanti has been measured at 81.9 dBA, slightly lower than the Beechcraft King Air at 82.8 dBA. This is below FAA stage 3 noise limits, which set a maximum of 89 EPNdB for take off.[20][21] However, the P180 has been the subject of noise complaints at airports, such as Naples Municipal Airport, Florida, where the airport authority determined it was the noisiest aircraft using that facility.[22] Alan Parker, chairman of the Naples Municipal Airport Authority's technical committee, described the Avanti as "irritating loud" and compared the high pitched sound "to fingernails on a chalk board".[23]

The Piaggio P.180 Avanti has a sea-level, standard day, maximum gross weight takeoff distance of 869 m (2,851 ft) and a landing roll of 872 m (2,861 ft).[24]

Variants[edit]

P.180 Avanti
First production variant.
P180 M
Military version with a combination passenger/freighter configuration for use as a VIP and light utility transport.
P.180 RM
Variant for use in radio calibration.
P.180 AMB
Air ambulance variant.
P.180 APH
Aerial cartography.
Piaggio Avanti II
P.180 Avanti II
Variant with improved avionics and engines.[25]
Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Variant of the Avanti II with larger wing.[26]
Piaggio-Selex P.1HH Hammerhead
Medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle based on the Avanti II airframe, with an increased wingspan and the ability to carry up to 1,100 pounds (500 kg) of weapons.[27] First flight anticipated in August–September 2013.[28]

Operators[edit]

Civil[edit]

The Avanti is operated by charter companies and small feeder airlines, and is also used as a business aircraft. The fractional aircraft operator Avantair had a fleet of 56 aircraft before they went bankrupt and the fleet was liquidated.[29][30]

Government[edit]

Italian Air Force P180 Avanti
 Bulgaria
 Canada
 Italy
 United Arab Emirates

Specifications (P180 Avanti)[edit]

Data from Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999-2000 [33]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one or two pilots
  • Capacity: up to nine passengers
  • Cabin dimensions: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) high, 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) wide, 4.45 m (14 ft 7 in) long
  • Payload: 907 kg (2,000 lb)
  • Length: 14.41 m (47 ft 3½ in)
  • Wingspan: 14.03 m (46 ft 0½ in)
  • Height: 3.97 m (13 ft 0¾ in)
  • Wing area: 16 m² (172.2 ft²)
  • Foreplane area: 2.19 m² [12] (23.59 ft²)
  • Horizontal stabilizer area: 3.83 m² [12] (41.27 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 3,400 kg (7,500 lb)
  • Useful load: 1,860 kg (4,100 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 5,239 kg (11,550 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66 turboprop, 634 kW (850 shp) each

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Comparable aircraft of historic interest

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ K-air, Retrieved 28 April 2012
  2. ^ K-air fleet details, Retrieved 28 April 2012
  3. ^ AirGO About, Retrieved 13 April 2012
  4. ^ Morrison, Murdo (6 December 2011). "In Focus: Piaggio looks to special missions market with P180 Avanti and new jet". Flight International. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Piaggio’s Unusual Airplane Maximizes Efficiency
  6. ^ "Fuel Miser". Flying Magazine. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Taylor 1988, p. 163.
  8. ^ Taylor 1999, p. 439.
  9. ^ NBAA: Piaggio embarks on 'new phase' of jet development
  10. ^ Jason Fogelson (2012-04-18). "Piaggio's P180 Avanti II Turboprop Challenges Executive Jets". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  11. ^ "Three's Company", Peter Garrison, Flying/December 2002
  12. ^ a b c d e f "P180 Avanti-Specification and Description". Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Aircraft Configuration Study for Experimental 2-Place Aircraft and RPVs, March, 1990
  14. ^ Des couacs chez les canards - See diagram at page bottom (French)
  15. ^ United States Patent Office, patent# 4746081
  16. ^ Efficiency Piaggio Aero
  17. ^ Collins, Peter (1 November 2005), "Flight Test: Piaggio Avanti II - Hard to beat", Flight International 
  18. ^ Black, Gary (March 1990), "Aircraft Configuration Study for Experimental 2-Place Aircraft and RPVs", Naval Postgraduate School Thesis 
  19. ^ "Tonal and Broadband Noise Calculations for Aeroacoustic Optimization of a Pusher Propeller", Journal Of Aircraft 47 (3), May–June 2010, retrieved 28 December 2011 
  20. ^ Aircraft Noise Terminology - Palm Beach International Airport (undated), FAA Stage Classifications, retrieved 13 December 2011 
  21. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (15 February 2001), Noise Levels for U.S. Certificated and Foreign Aircraft, retrieved 16 October 2012 
  22. ^ Migual, Tracy X. (12 April 2010). "Naples airport addressing noise complaints with Avanti aircraft". Naples News. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  23. ^ Niles, Russ (13 December 2011). "Naples Targets Piaggio Noise". AVweb. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  24. ^ "P180 Avanti II". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  25. ^ EASA TCDS EASA.A.059 Piaggio P.180
  26. ^ Sweetman, Bill. "Piaggio, Saab Take On Ambitious Maritime Patrol Program." Aviation Week, July 11, 2012.
  27. ^ Davies, Alex (June 19, 2013). "The Italian Air Force Is Buying 10 Of These Strange-Looking Drones". Business Insider. New York. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  28. ^ Svitak, Amy; Amy Butler, Bill Sweetman (June 24, 2013). "Answering the MALE". Aviation Week & Space Technology (New York: McGraw Hill Financial) 175 (21): 34. ISSN 0005-2175. 
  29. ^ Avantair, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results, See "fleet of 57 aircraft" at bottom of page.
  30. ^ by  Chad Trautvetter. "Selling Off Avantair, Piece by Piece | Aviation International News". Ainonline.com. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  31. ^ Aboulafia, Richard. Jane's Civil Aircraft, 1996, HarperCollings Publishers, p. 197
  32. ^ RCMP AIR SERVICES. "[1]"
  33. ^ a b c Taylor 1999, pp. 438—439.
  34. ^ Aeronautica Militare unit page
  35. ^ Flight International 15–21 December 2009, p. 43.
  36. ^ Peaford, Alan. "PARIS AIR SHOW: UAE selects Piaggio Avanti for multi-utility role". Flightglobal.com. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  37. ^ "Final Report HCLJ510-2011-33 N108GF" mirror page 82. Accident Investigation Board Denmark. Retrieved: 23 September 2012.
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