Piaggio Aero

Best of the Best 2012: Business Aircraft: Business Turboprop: Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II

If King Airs define the turboprop category, then the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II (561.253.0104, http://www.piaggioaero.com) redefines it. The curious-looking design elements serve specific purposes in improving the aircraft’s performance and the passengers’ comfort. Piaggio, an Italian manufacturer, placed the twin rear-facing engines 8 feet behind the farthest aft passenger seat to minimize cabin noise […]

Test Flight: Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II

On a recent sunny spring day in Los Angeles, I flew aboard one of the industry’s most innovative new aircraft, the P.180 Avanti II from Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aero, departing from Elite Aviation FBO (fixed-base operator) at Van Nuys Airport. The twin-engine turboprop, priced at roughly $7.5 million, is strikingly different in appearance to its […]

Cabin Comforts

Great emphasis is placed on an aircraft’s capabilities—its range, cruise speed, climb rate, and fuel efficiency. Once the plane leaves the ground, however, the cabin design becomes of paramount importance: If you are comfortable on board and have all the amenities you need, you will not mind spending that extra time aloft that a speedier […]

Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II

With two fast and efficient turboprop engines, this Italian-built airplane burns 40 percent less fuel than similar-size jets, for lower operating costs. The P180 Avanti II is certified for single-pilot operation, which further enhances its cost efficiency. The distinctive design, with the main wing placed toward the tail and a small forward wing, provides stability. […]