Chapters: Piaggio P.180 Avanti, Siai-Marchetti S.700, Df Helicopters Df334. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 18. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Piaggio P180 Avanti is an Italian twin-engine turboprop aircraft produced by Piaggio Aero. It seats up to nine passengers in a pressurized cabin, and may be flown by one or two pilots. The innovative design places the main wing behind and above the canard-like horizontal stabiliser, features a laminar flow fuselage and has engines in pusher configuration. Cockpit and instrument panel aboard a P180 Avanti.The P180 design was tested in wind tunnels in Italy and the U.S. in 1980 and 1981. A collaboration with Learjet to develop the aircraft began in 1983 but ended on 13 January 1986, with Piaggio continuing development on its own. The first prototype flew on 23 September 1986. U.S. and Italian certification was obtained on 7 March 1990. Learjet's influence can be seen in the two "delta fins" mounted on the bottom of the tail, as found on most Learjets; these devices provide aerodynamic recovery force in the event of an aerodynamic stall. The first 12 fuselages were manufactured in Wichita, with H
Italian Civil Utility Aircraft 1980- 1989: Piaggio P. 180 Avanti, Siai- Marchetti S. 700, Df Helicopters Df334
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