- 26 May 2017
- Mike Chase
- Turboprops Compare
The Piaggio P-180 Avanti II was introduced in 2004 and, compared with earlier versions of this executive turboprop, the Avanti II has a Rockwell Collins ProLine 21 flight deck. The Avanti II can also have more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-66B which gives more climb and cruise performance. The Avanti II is normally fitted out for five passengers.
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The Piaggio Avanti II costs between $1.45m (for a 2005 model) and $4.0m (2014 model), according to Aircraft Bluebook’s spring 2021 data. These prices represent average retail price for the model year. Individual aircraft may sell for above or below the average retail price, depending on a variety of factors, including maintenance history, any modifications and upgrades installed, and time remaining on the airframe and engines before the next major inspection is due.
Another option in the twin turboprop market is the Beechcraft King Air 350, which competes with the Piaggio Avanti II. The King Air 350 carries up to nine passengers, and has a range of about 1,800nm.
Piaggio points out the aircraft’s ability to take off and land on runways of less than 1,000m in length, which, along with its steep approach certification, means the Avanti II can access a number of airports that are not available to business jets or scheduled airlines.
The EVO has a speed exceeding 400 knots, and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-66B engines, like the Avanti II. However, it has a longer range of up to 1,809nm. The EVO features winglets on the main wing and scimitar propellers. It can be equipped with an additional fuel tank for extended range, and it has a larger cabin door than previous models.
Piaggio P180 Avanti II Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Piaggio P180 Avanti II was first delivered in 2005, offering a more powerful aircraft than its predecessor, with additional improvements to the avionics and in a range of other areas.
The Avanti II turboprop was Piaggio’s major offering in the Business Aviation market over almost a decade of production before it was replaced by the Avanti EVO in 2014. The Avanti II had a diverse set of customers, ranging from Ferrari to the CAEA (Beijing) Aviation Investment Co.
Piaggio emphasises the aircraft’s combination of elegance and high performance, along with an economical approach. The Avanti II has a range of 1,470nm and can carry a maximum of eight passengers and two crew, though it is typically configured for six passengers. In total, Piaggio produced 129 Avanti II aircraft, according to JETNET data.
What features does the Piaggio Avanti II offer?
The Avanti II is equipped with more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-66B engines, while it also offers a Collins ProLine 21 flight deck (replacing the Pro-Line II of its predecessor). This digital avionics suite is integrated with the aircraft’s navigation and communications systems and is certified for full IFR use with a single pilot.
What came before and after the Piaggio Avanti II?
The Avanti II followed the Piaggio P180 Avanti, a significant name in Business Aviation since the 1980s. The Avanti II offered a host of improvements in the engine, avionics, and more.
The current production aircraft in the range is the Piaggio Avanti EVO, which features – among other advances – new winglets and scimitar propellers. Piaggio claims the Avanti EVO is the greenest and most efficient aircraft in its category.
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Read Mike Chase's Jet Comparison article: Beechcraft King Air 350i/350iER vs Piaggio Avanti II