Pusher configuration

October 1, 2008 - 5:47am

Italy’s Piaggio Aero has introduced a third cabin choice for its six- to seven-seat Avanti II twin-turboprop, and expects to almost double production this year by ramping up its manufacturing and outfitting processes.

June 30, 2008 - 6:32am

On Sunday under a humid central Florida sky, a Piaggio P.180 Avanti settled to the runway at Orlando Executive Airport, setting a speed record for Class C-1.E/2 aircraft (twin turboprops 6,614 lb to 13,228 lb).

June 20, 2008 - 5:49am

With delivery of a reconfigured Piaggio Avanti twin-turboprop pusher on September 19 and a second green Avanti expected this month, Stevens Aviation will bring its total output of the model to three. The October aircraft is the second of a series of seven completions being performed at Stevens’ Donaldson Center in Greenville, S.C., under an agreement with Piaggio America.

May 17, 2008 - 11:08pm

Piaggio Aero is about to deliver the 150th P180 Avanti II to a customer and the Italian airframer at last seems to be coming to grips with an unacceptably slow production process that has badly stalled its output rate for the program.

May 6, 2008 - 10:00am

The final day of the NBAA convention in Orlando, Fla., last month opened to gray clouds and gathering rain. But for the Piaggio Aero team, there was nothing but sunshine and broad smiles.

For the Italian aviation company, the three-day show was highlighted by a record-setting flight, orders for 11 new airplanes, entry into the fractional-ownership market and a 600-hr engine TBO extension.

February 26, 2008 - 7:10am

SimCom instructor Ted Otto knows the PC-12. With about 3,000 hours flying the roomy single-engine Swiss turboprop, Otto is one of those rare pilots who not only knows his subject intimately but also knows how to share his knowledge with pilots who travel to SimCom Training Centers’ Orlando, Fla. headquarters to learn how to fly the PC-12.

February 4, 2008 - 6:18am

Rick Adam, CEO of Adam Aircraft, told AIN at last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun airshow in Lakeland, Fla., that the A700 very light twinjet would make its first flight in the second half of this year and obtain certification next year. He said his company’s A500 inline piston twin, which is currently in flight testing and expected to earn FAA approval in July, is eliminating much of the risk for the Williams FJ33-1-powered A700.

February 4, 2008 - 6:18am

Rick Adam, CEO of Adam Aircraft, told AIN at last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun airshow in Lakeland, Fla., that the A700 very light twinjet would make its first flight in the second half of this year and obtain certification next year. He said his company’s A500 inline piston twin, which is currently in flight testing and expected to earn FAA approval in July, is eliminating much of the risk for the Williams FJ33-1-powered A700.

October 4, 2007 - 6:45am

When Steven Santo announced the creation of a fractional ownership program with an aircraft fleet consisting solely of Italian-built Avanti turboprop twins, some reacted to the news with skepticism. The economy was entering a recession, they said, and the airplane itself had never sold well.

Now the skeptics are silent, and Santo typically shows up for work with the smile of a man well satisfied with his lot in life.

October 4, 2007 - 5:26am

Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures, which completed its acquisition of the assets of bankrupt Mooney Aircraft on April 29 and changed its name to Mooney Aerospace Group, has indefinitely suspended development of the Jetcruzer 500.

 
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