One million flight hours, corresponding to more than 114 years non-stop, if flown by a single airplane. Such is the target that the fleet of the P.180 Avanti turboprop has reached from the time the first unit took off from the Genoa Airport, in the fall of 1986. The P.180 with most years of service is S/N 1004, still flying today in the U.S., while the one with the most flight hours is S/N 1007 (operating in Canada), with more than 11,000 flight hours. Piaggio currently reports orders for an additional 13 Avantis—its EVO third-generation P.180—and is currently assembling the first one for the Italian Air Force. The twin pusher features a unique design that incorporates three lifting surfaces and was designed in the early 1980s. The goal was to create a twin-turboprop faster than a similarly sized business jet with lower operating costs.
(images Piaggio Aerospace)