Price and Operating Costs
A new Piaggio Avanti P180 has a list price of $1,450,000. Based on 400 flight hours per year the Piaggio Avanti P180’s total annual variable costs are $790,751and total fixed costs are $273,322 for an annual budget of $1,064,073. Which gives the Piaggio Avanti P180 an hourly cost of $2,660 per hour.
Specifications and Performance
The Piaggio Avanti P180 has a 1 person crew and can carry up to 7 passengers. The Piaggio Avanti P180 has a seats full range of 980nm and a maximum cruise speed of 390 kts. The Piaggio Avanti P180 has a normal cruise speed of 354 kts and a long-range cruise of 310 kts. The Piaggio Avanti P180 has a ferry range of 1,440 nm. The Piaggio Avanti P180 has a rate of climb of 2,950 ft/min and a max certified altitude of 41,000 ft. The Piaggio Avanti P180 has a Balanced Field Length (takeoff) of 3100 ft with the following landing field lengths: FAR-91 of 2,730 ft, FAR-135 of 3,413 ft, and FAR-121 of 4,550 ft. The Piaggio Avanti P180 has a cabin width of 6.1 ft, cabin height of 5.8 ft, and a cabin length of 14.9 ft. The Piaggio Avanti P180’s wingspan is 46 ft and the fuselage is 42.3 ft.
The Avanti P180 has a very futuristic look, with its two pusher turboprop engines and form canard wing. Its construction, however, is predominately aluminum. Certificated in 1990, 40 aircraft were sold before production was suspended in 1994. The Avanti re-entered production in 2000 after a hiatus during the mid-1990s. Piaggio has been manufacturing aircraft since 1915. Their U.S. headquarters in Greenville, SC, is committed to a strong U.S. presence, which is considered critical to continuing the Avanti’s production run.
The Avanti is fast, even when compared to a light jet like a Citation Bravo or Premier I. It also has a cabin that is larger than a King Air or Citation Bravo, and nearly the size of a Hawker. Add to that its fuel efficiency compared to a jet, and this aircraft is an attractive alternative option.