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one or two
2 x 850 shp ea.
47 ft. 4 in.
46 ft. 1 in.
The top speed of the Piaggio Avanti (officially Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti) is higher than any twin engine turboprop aircraft currently produced.
Twin pusher turboprops, a sleek fuselage, forward canards, and a high "T" tail enable the Piaggio Avanti to travel 2,000 mile distances at jet-like speeds.
Due to its pusher prop propulsion, the Piaggio Avanti does not sound like a typical turboprop. The location of the propellers behind the passenger cabin keeps the interior noise level to an absolute minimum.
The Piaggio Avanti cabin measures six feet wide by fifteen feet long with a stand-up height of 5 feet 9 inches. Its baggage compartment has a volume of 44 cubic feet. That's among the most room in its class.
And all of this comfort comes with turboprop economy and efficiency. The Piaggio Avanti is said to have 30 percent better fuel efficiency than a similar size turbojet aircraft.
A special laminar flow wing enables more engine power to go directly into pushing the aircraft forward through the air, rather than fighting drag producing friction.
The fuselage produces lift in conjunction with the main wing, front canards, and horizontal stabilizer located on top of a T-tail. The canards are not movable and therefore do not contribute to the control of the Piaggio Avanti, but do produce lift, allowing the surfaces of the wing and horizontal stabilizer to be reduced. The combination of the lifting surfaces makes for an aerodynamically efficient aircraft.
Piero Ferrari helped bring the Piaggio Avanti project to fruition after Avanti Aviation ran short of money. In October of 2005, the 100th aircraft rolled off of the factory assembly line.
The latest revision Piaggio Avanti (EVO) may be purchased with an optional 60 gallon fuel tank. In addition it has winglets, is more aerodynamic and incorporates new Hartzell ve-scimitar five blade low noise propellers that lower fuel consumption while improving climb, reduce interior noise by some twenty percent and reduce exterior noise by over fifty percent.
Some 220 Piaggio Avanti aircraft have been produced to date.
We received the following email from Gabriele Tacchi: "Attached is a picture of the Piaggio Avanti made by Angelo Montagna, a great friend of mine and one of the most important airplane builders in Italy. It was made from his own plan starting from another smaller plan.
The picture was taken during the first exhibition of Piaggio Avanti, when it was flown for the second time.
First, Angelo made a Piaggio Avanti a little smaller (30% less) in foam with two brushless motors to test the configuration. It was a success and that model is still operating. Then he proceeded with the 1/5 scale Piaggio Avanti (2.70 meters, about 106 in. wingspan) you see in the photo. It is made completely from balsa and other woods, has operating gears with a sequencer for the two doors, two Moki 23 cc engines and working flaps. It was necessary to add brakes to the model because it lands fast and 14 kg (about 31 lbs.) is not easy to stop!
After the larger model's first flight we realized that the the test on the little foam Piaggio Avanti had been very useful, as no trimming was necessary! The take off was perfect, with no correction of any kind. The model looks very realistic and also the sound of the two engines is good.
Piaggio and Ferrari have a lot in common in performance and style so we chose this look."
We want to thank Gabriel for the picture and description of the beautiful Piaggio Avanti.
The Piaggio Avanti was built by Kevin Morris (see comments). It has a 55 in. wingspan and is powered by two brushless motors. Kevin also installed retractable landing gear.