Amazing Aircraft : Piaggio P180 Avanti

Plane Spotters India | Amazing Aircraft : Piaggio P180 Avanti

The Piaggio P180 Avanti is an Italian twin-engine turboprop aircraft produced by Piaggio Aero. It seats up to nine passengers in a pressurized cabin, and may be flown by one or two pilots. The design uses a small forward wing and a main wing combination that places the wing spars outside of the passenger cabin area. Although the front wing resembles a canard configuration, a conventional horizontal stabilizer on the tail provides longitudinal stability and pitch trim. It features a lifting laminar flow fuselage and has engines in pusher configuration.

The Avanti's turboprop engines are placed on a mid-fuselage, high aspect ratio wing, located behind the cabin. The design utilizes both a T-tail and a pair of small, fixed anhedral forward wings that have flaps. The arrangement of the wing surfaces allows the horizontal stabilizer to maintain nearly neutral lift, as opposed to a conven
tional configuration, where the horizontal stabilizer creates a downward force to counteract the nose-down moment generated by the center of gravity being forward of the aircraft neutral point. This was patented in 1982 as "Three-Lifting-Surface Configuration" (3LSC).

RoleExecutive transport
National originItaly
ManufacturerPiaggio Aero

Number built216 delivered as of November 2011

Unit costUS$ 7 million

Primary usersAvantair
Italian Armed Forces

First flight26 September 1986
Introduction30 September 1990

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