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Piaggio P180 Avanti


Piaggio P180 Avanti I-FXRL

One of the most unusual-looking aircraft flying is the Italian Piaggio P180 Avanti. The design uses a small forward wing and a main wing combination that places the wing spars outside of the passenger cabin area. It features a lifting laminar flow fuselage and has engines in pusher configuration.

Developing nation: Italy.
Manufacturer/designer: Piaggio Aero.
Production Lines: Villanova d’Albenga, about 70 kilometers west of Genoa.
Type aircraft:  Executive transport.
First flight: 26 September 1986.
First delivery:  30 September 1990.
Produced: 1986-present.

 Variants

  • P.180 Avanti - First production variant.
  • P.180 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.
  • P.180 Avanti II - Variant with improved avionics and engines.
  • Maritime Patrol Aircraft - Variant of the Avanti II with larger wing.

Piaggio P180 Avanti II I-FXRB Ferari

Military

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  (23.59 ft²)
  • Horizontal stabilizer area: 3.83 m² (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

  • Maximum speed: 737 km/h (398 kn, 458 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 732 km/h(395 kn, 455 mph) cruise at 30,000 ft, 660 km/h (356 kn, 410 mph) economy cruise at 39,000 ft
  • Stall speed: 172 km/h (93 kn, 107 mph)
  • Range: 2,795 km (1,509 NM, 1,737 mi) at 11,900 m (39,000 ft) IFR
  • Service ceiling: 12,500 m (41,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 15 m/s (2,950 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 327 kg/m² (67.1 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.24 kW/kg (6.79 lb/hp
  • Fuel economy: 0.84 NM/Lbs @FL410 and 316 KTAS)

 

All pictures courtesy of Zijde Aviation Photo and Publishing, Rob Vogelaar