Piaggio P.180 Avanti

Credits to Tibboh at the French Wikipedia

The Piaggio P.180 Avanti is an Italian executive transport aircraft with twin turboprop engines mounted in pusher configuration. It seats up to nine people in a pressurized cabin, and may be flown by one or two pilots. The design is of three-surface configuration, having both a small forward wing and a conventional tailplane as well as its main wing, with the main wing spar passing behind the passenger cabin area.
The Avanti’s turboprop engines are placed on a mid-set, high aspect ratio wing located just behind the cabin. The three-surface design incorporates both a T-tail and a pair of small, fixed forewings having slight anhedral and landing flaps. On the Avanti II these flaps automatically deploy in concert with the main wing flaps. This reduces the load on the tailplane, even when the flaps are deployed, by reducing the pitch-down moment created by the deployment of the main wing flaps. This in turn allows the size of both the tailplane and the main wing to be reduced. This particular three-lifting-surface configuration was patented in 1982.


  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 7–9
  • Length: 14.4 m (47.3 ft)
  • Wingspan: 14.0 m (46.0 ft)
  • Height: 4.0 m (13.0 ft)
  • Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 12.3
  • Empty weight: 3,799 kg (8,375 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,488 kg (12,100 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 1,271 kg (2,802 lb)
  • Max Landing weight : 5,216 kg (11,500 lb)
  • Max Zero Fuel weight : 4,445 kg (9,800 lb)
  • Cabin : 17.5 ft long, 5.8 ft high, 6.1 ft wide (3.5 ft floor)
  • Foreplane area: 2.19 m² (23.59 ft²)
  • Horizontal stabilizer area: 3.83 m² (41.27 ft²)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66B , 630 kW (850 shp) each ISA+28C Flat Rated


  • Maximum speed: 741 km/h; 460 mph (400 kn) FL310 high speed cruise
  • Cruise speed: 589 km/h; 366 mph (318 kn) FL410 long range cruise
  • Minimum control speed: 185 km/h; 115 mph (100 kn) Vmca
  • Range: 2,797 km; 1,738 mi (1,510 nmi) 4 passengers, NBAA IFR, 100-nm alternate
  • Ferry range: 2,834 km; 1,761 mi (1,530 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 m (41,000 ft)
  • Time to altitude: 10 min to FL 250
  • Wing loading: 343 kg/m2 (70.3 lb/sq ft)
  • Fuel consumption: 0.220 kg/km (0.779 lb/mi)
  • Power/mass: 230 W/kg (0.14 hp/lb)
  • Takeoff (SL, ISA) : 994 m (3,262 ft)

Personally, I think this is a very odd design, but that’s what makes it good! What do you think?

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This needs to be in #features

Moved it. I keep on forgetting it. :-(

No worries! Good request, you included a lot of information.

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I’d love to see the catfish!! My friend Cody flew these for a while he enjoyed it

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Wow! Was he training on it or an owner?

He was just the captain flew the owner around let me see if I can find a few pics

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If this gets added itll make me feel like I’m playing X-plane 9 on my phone again :)

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