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Piaggio Unveils Next Evo-lution of Avanti Turboprop Twin

Oct 15,2021

Piaggio Aerospace has just announced a host of upgrades for its P.180 Avanti Evo turboprop twin, including several major enhancements to aircraft components and systems, interior, and payload.

To start, a new high-power steel braking system, which is supplied by Parker and already available for retrofit on in-service Avantis through a supplemental type certificate (STC), has just received EASA approval under the aircraft type certificate, with other similar approvals pending. ¡°The integration provides reduced certified landing distances and better reliability, and along with the anti-skid system brings an increased suitability for intense training use, together with lower equipment and maintenance costs,¡± said Antonio Sollo, chief technical officer and head of design organization at Piaggio Aerospace.

In addition, lithium-ion batteries are available on new-production Evos, according to Sollo. ¡°The main and emergency batteries are manufactured by True Blue Power and use lithium-ion nano phosphate cell chemistry, which provides improved capacity and output voltage stability, together with shorter engine start time, as well as significant weight saving,¡± he said.

A Becker Avionics digital audio system will also be available soon for factory-new airplanes. ¡°The new equipment implements a modern human machine interface [HMI] with a color display, bezel pushbuttons, and programmable softkeys tailored to aircraft configuration, improving audio management and growth capability,¡± according to Sollo.

Piaggio will also increase the Evo's maximum zero fuel weight (MZFW) to 10,200 pounds, up from 9,800 pounds. Sollo said this "improves the P.180 operational flexibility by allowing the increase of the payload by 400 pounds (equivalent to two passengers) while at the same time keeping the maximum takeoff weight unchanged,¡± said Sollo.

Meanwhile, the company is rolling out new cabin interiors, including updated design elements and improved lighting, that are slated for certification in the first quarter of next year. ¡°These will be an evolution of the current interiors; they will retain the already remarkable dimensions and volumes but they will come with an improved style and a general qualitative improvement guaranteed by the new supplier, Delta Interior Design,¡± said Sollo. ¡°The new interiors will also have an updated cabin lighting system and a new cabin ¡®smart¡¯ digital system, improving lights control and providing USB ports at each seat.¡±

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