Breaking from its single-airplane fleet of Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops, Fairfield, N.J.-based fractional provider Avantair has added two new Beechcraft Premier I light jets as core airplanes. Avantair CEO Steven Santo told AIN that the company added the jets because it has been unable to add Avantis fast enough as core airplanes.
Piaggio Aero Industries has confirmed that its new Avanti II model will replace the existing production model of its twin turboprop pusher aircraft from Serial Number 105 later this year.
SimCom now offers Socata TBM 700 training at both its Orlando, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. centers. Increased training options at both locations include the introduction of an upgrade course, specially designed for the piston or low-time pilot upgrading to the TBM 700. Meanwhile, FlightSafety International next year will add another Piaggio Avanti simulator at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla.
As Piaggio Aero’s new Avanti II entered production last month, the company also announced it is increasing production to meet growing demand for the turboprop twin, but will it be enough?
The seven-seat aircraft will operate from Switzerland Lugano Agno Airport.
Piaggio Aero Industries is preparing to launch a jet program before year-end. The Italian airframer is debating which of two designs to take into development, but early last month it said it first had to reach agreement with a strategic partner it needs to make the project a reality.
Piaggio Aero obtained FAA certification of its Avanti II turboprop late last month. The first U.S. delivery will be made this summer. The first Avanti II was delivered in December to a Swiss customer.
Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair is fast becoming a major player in the industry. While company CEO Steve Santo readily admits that Avantair isn’t a national program quite yet, “we’ll be there by the end of the year.”
The Piaggio Avanti has received an FAA-approved handbook change for a 550-pound mtow increase. The new 12,100-pound mtow permits the twin turboprop to fly two crewmembers and as many as five passengers up to 1,440 nm, according to Avanti fractional operator Avantair. The new Avanti II incorporates the higher weight.
Avantair has chosen JSSI’s Tip-to-Tail airframe maintenance cost-guarantee program to cover its fleet of Piaggio Avantis. JSSI developed the Tip-to-Tail airframe hourly cost maintenance program to complement its engine programs. According to the company, OEM interest has driven the addition of new aircraft models–including the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II–to the Tip-to-Tail program.