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Piaggio Aerospace delivers two aircraft to Swiss and East-African customers

Piaggio Aerospace delivers two aircraft to Swiss and East-African customers

TWO FACTORY-NEW P.180 AVANTI EVO ARE BEING RECEIVED BY THE NEW OWNERS. AT THE SAME TIME, AN AVANTI EVO HAS JUST ENTERED INTO SERVICE INTO INDIA, THE FIRST ONE IN THE SUB-CONTINENT, FOR A CUSTOMER WHO ALREADY OWNS AND OPERATES AN AVANTI II.

Geneva, 22 May 2019 – Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business aviation and defense and security sectors, today announced the delivery of two P.180 Avanti EVO in V.I.P. configuration respectively to a Swiss and an East-African customer.
A first Avanti EVO is being delivered – through the Italy-based aviation company Orion Fly – to Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones. Sir Lindsay already owns, since a decade, the forerunner of the Avanti EVO – notably the first Avanti II manufactured by Piaggio Aerospace – currently operated by Fly Wings SA and managed from an airworthiness standpoint by Alpiwings, two Lugano-based companies.
“I decided to go for a new P.180 after my positive experience with the first aircraft”, Sir Lindsay commented. “I chose the new generation of the P.180, the Avanti EVO, for its extended range capabilities, its environmental friendliness so appreciated by the local community, and its further improved ability to take off and land on short runways.”
In the next few days, a second Avanti EVO will perform its ferry flight from Italy to the African Continent, where the aircraft will be taken over by an undisclosed customer. In the meantime, Piaggio Aerospace is actively working at developing a support organization in the area.
“We are honored that Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones has reconfirmed his trust in our company and his satisfaction with the aircraft unique performance, and that a customer based in East-Africa chose Piaggio Aerospace and the Avanti EVO for their operations”, said Vincenzo Nicastro, Extraordinary Receiver of Piaggio Aerospace. “This is for us the best award for our efforts to bring back the Avanti EVO – and its unmatched characteristics in terms of performance, efficiency, cabin comfort and versatility – to occupy the position in the market it deserves”.
A few days ago, an Avanti EVO – the first in the region – entered into service in India: the aircraft had been delivered, through Piaggio Aerospace partner in India Business Aviation Private Limited (BAIPL), to an undisclosed customer who already owns and operates an Avanti II.
“We are proud of having been a partner of Piaggio Aerospace for so many years”, commented Tapan Nandi, Director of BAIPL. “We would like to thank our customer for his continued, positive feedback and confidence in P.180 aircraft, having he selected the enhanced Avanti EVO for their operations. The entry into service in India of the last version of P.180 will help us showcasing the product, whose characteristics perfectly suites the Indian market”.
Piaggio Aerospace has now increased its footprint in the country, where the current fleet of P.180 collected 10 thousand flight hours. The combination of speed and fuel efficiency has always been the strength of Piaggio Aerospace flagship, but customers in the region appreciate also airfield performance, which give access to the majority of airports, and cruising altitude up to 41 thousand feet.

Piaggio Aerospace authorizes two more Service Centers

Piaggio Aerospace authorizes two more Service Centers

THE ITALIAN AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER SIGNS TWO DISTINCT AGREEMENTS FOR AFTER SALE SUPPORT RESPECTIVELY IN PARIS-LE BOURGET, FRANCE, AND KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA. THE OVERALL NUMBER OF AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTRES GETS NOW TO 14.


Geneva, 21 May 2019 – Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business and defense and security sectors, today announced it strengthened its After Sales network by appointing two more Authorized Service Centres in Paris-Le Bourget, France, and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The two new partners are respectively the French DV Technik and the Malaysian Asia Aero Engineering (AAE) Sdn Bhd, companies specialized in providing aircraft maintenance services.
In particular, the new center in Paris-Le Bourget – a strategic hub for the European business aviation – brings to five Piaggio Aerospace’s Authorized Service Centers in the Old Continent: on top of the factory-owned one in Genoa, Italy, P.180 operators may already count on the presence of authorized service facilities in Germany (Mönchengladbach), The Netherlands (Rotterdam) and Switzerland (Lugano). DV Technik is fully owned by Oyonnair Group, an airline company specializing in medical transportation. Oyonnair operates a fleet of 3 Citation Mustangs and 9 Piaggio Avanti IIs, with four additional Avantis having been just recently inducted.
”We have being operating Piaggio Avanti aircraft for 5 years, now, totaling more than ten thousand flight hours and becoming the fleet leader in Europe”, commented Daniel Vovk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DV Technik and Oyonnair. “We have thus developed in-house capabilities to mainly serve Piaggio Aerospace captive fleet and to offer AOG recovery assistance also off-site to third parties”, he added.
The new maintenance center operated by AAE, at Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur, adds to the one already active in Singapore, in a market – South-East Asia – that is considered to have the highest potential in terms of future growth. Asia Aero Engineering has currently an active contract to provide maintenance for helicopters of sister company Aircraft Power Lines (APL), an aircraft service provider (including MedEvac activities) both at Governmental and private level.
“We are proud to have been appointed as the first Piaggio Aerospace Authorized Service Center in Malaysia”, stated Mohd Shazwan Shaharuddin, CEO of AAE. “We already successfully operate a P.180 Avanti EVO, registered on our AOC, for VIP and MedEvac purposes around South-East Asian countries, and we are now able to consolidate our knowledge of this amazing aircraft and ready to assist all the Asian fleet”.

Piaggio Aerospace Gets Ready for EBACE 2019

Piaggio Aerospace Gets Ready for EBACE 2019

After inviting Expressions of Interest for a possible buyout, Piaggio Aerospace is ready to participate in the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE 2019), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 21st-23rd.  

In collaboration with AirGO Private Airline, a European charter company operating one of the largest P.180 fleet in Europe, the Italian company will showcase an Avanti EVO at the Geneva International Airport (Booth SD307), where they are going to meet partners and potential customers from around the world.  

Piaggio Aerospace’s participation in EBACE is an indispensable opportunity to promote our flagship product and scope out new business opportunities in order to relaunch the important segment of the business aviation”, states Vincenzo Nicastro, Extraordinary Commissioner of the company. “We are putting all actions in place to allow the company to resume full operation, and this starts with our presence in Geneva”, added Nicastro. “My intention is to make the company attractive once again and identify the ideal buyer interested in taking it over. However, we are only at the beginning of the process”. 

On April 30, 2019, Piaggio Aerospace, in Extraordinary Receivership since December 3, 2018, –published a paid announcement with the intent to identify potentially interested candidates to date. This started with an initial survey to best assess the (not yet binding) interest of the market for the acquisition of the company.

Organized by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), EBACE is the main European event dedicated exclusively to private and business aviation, with over 13,000 professionals in attendance and more than 50 aircraft on display in an 18,000 m2 space.     

Entirely designed and manufactured at the Aerospace Excellence Center in Villanova d’Albenga, the aircraft to be presented at the show will represent the latest generation of the legendary P.180 Avanti. This technologically advanced model is ideal for business and charter travel and is already being operated for special missions of the Armed Forces, Government agencies and private operators in numerous applications.

Piaggio Aerospace: certified Parker steel brakes bring reduced operating cost

Piaggio Aerospace: certified Parker steel brakes bring reduced operating cost

Responding to the operators’ requests for a reduction in the operating cost of the carbon brakes currently installed in the worldwide fleet of P.180’s, Piaggio Aerospace has teamed with Parker Aerospace to develop a steel variant which would maintain the excellent performance of the current version, but guaranteeing lower acquisition and overhaul cost.

In late February, the Supplemental Type Certificate – SA04348CH – released by the FAA last October, was approved by both EASA and Transport Canada (TC) making this upgrade available for P180 Avanti customers across the globe.

After a rigorous series of TSO qualification tests, conducted in Parker’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division laboratory in Avon, Ohio, the new wheels and brakes were installed on an Avanti II equipped with Magnaghi (Evo) landing gear, and on one equipped with the Safran landing gear, to verify physical fit and the retraction and extension sequence.

At the presence of an FAA DER test pilot, flight tests followed in the Lakeland, FL, airport (KLAL), where repeated runs were performed to gather the necessary data to validate the take-off accelerate-stop distance, and the landing distance to a stop from 50 ft.  The tests were conducted at the maximum take-off and maximum landing weight, without the use of reverse thrust.   All tests showed figures equal or better than those of the basic airplane Flight Manual, therefore amended charts are not required by the STC.

The new wheels and brakes are directly interchangeable with the part numbers currently approved on the original Safran or the Magnaghi (EVO) landing gear, without any aircraft alterations.  They must be installed in pairs, they will be “on condition”, and the overhaul cost will be approximately 70% less than that of the current carbon version.

Piaggio Aerospace Signs Contracts for 45 Million Euro

Piaggio Aerospace Signs Contracts for 45 Million Euro

THE ITALIAN AEROSPACE COMPANY HAS RENEWED A FIRST TRANCHE OF MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS FOR BOTH AIRCRAFT AND ENGINES BELONGING TO THE MAIN NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. LOGISTIC SUPPORT CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED FOR THE P.180 FLEETS OF THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE, INTERIOR MINISTRY, ITALIAN ARMY AND COAST GUARD, IN ADDITION TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE VIPER ENGINES INSTALLED ON THE AIRCRAFT OF THE ITALIAN ACROBATIC AIR PATROL TEAM.

Piaggio Aerospace, one of the leading players in the business aviation and security & defence sectors, has announced the signing of maintenance agreements valued at approximately 45 Million Euro. The deals have been signed with the main Italian national institutions and cover activities lasting from 12 to 36 months.
The most significant agreement, which is worth 39.3 Million Euro in the next 12 months, was signed by the Italian Air Force to support and maintain the operability of the Aermacchi MB.339 aircraft, used by the National Acrobatic Air Patrol Team “Frecce Tricolori” and the flight school of the 61° Stormo in Galatina (Southern Italy). The contract includes both the maintenance of the Viper engines installed on the above-mentioned aircraft and the purchase of spare parts. The Air Force also signed an agreement for integrated logistic support for the fleet of P.180 twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed and produced by Piaggio Aerospace in its centre of excellence in Villanova d’Albenga (Italy).
The integrated logistic support for the P.180 fleet is the common element of further agreements signed with other Italian institutions. These include the Department of Public Safety (State Police) of the Interior Ministry (3-year contract), the Italian Army (12-month agreement, operational after the expiration of the current service agreement), and the National Coast Guard, directed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (2-year contract).

LIMA

The Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) is the largest show of its kind within the Asia Pacific region.
Unique maritime and aerospace exhibition, LIMA regularly attracts leading global companies and is attended by key decision makers representing the heart of the Asia Pacific growth markets.

Piaggio Aerospace at LIMA’19

Piaggio Aerospace at LIMA’19

Piaggio Aerospace, one of the leading players in the aviation industry, will attend the next edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’19), taking place at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) and the Resorts World of the Malaysian city, from 26 to 30 March.  

Together with its local partner APL – a provider of aeronautical services – Piaggio Aerospace will host guests, delegations and visitors in a customized chalet (GC03) and will display an Avanti EVO, recently purchased and managed by APL.  

Fully designed and manufactured in Italy, the Avanti EVO is the third generation of the legendary P.180, with around 220 aircraft operating worldwide. The innovative 5-blade scimitar propellers and the historic three-lifting surface configuration work together to give this aircraft a unique aerodynamic performance in its class. Combining lavish “Made in Italy” style, meticulous attention to details and ground-breaking aviation technology, the Avanti EVO offers superior climb performance, huge fuel savings and lower emissions compared to aircraft in the same class.

Now in its fifteenth edition, LIMA is the largest maritime and aerospace show of the Asia-Pacific region. With 120,000 m2 of exhibiting space, more than 550 companies and 370 international delegations, the show provides a rich programme of conferences, seminars, and aerial and maritime demos to 280,000 trade and public visitors.  

Exhibiting at LIMA’19 is a major opportunity for Piaggio Aerospace to promote its flagship product and strengthen the business with important government and private local customers” said Vincenzo Nicastro, Extraordinary Receiver of Piaggio Aerospace. “It’s also the first public event after the Company went under receivership, to witness the vigour and the commitment of Piaggio Aerospace and its people to promote the whole range of products in the global market”.  

Piaggio Aerospace is also ready to complete the development and to start the commercialisation of the P.1HH HammerHead, state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial System designed for ISR missions (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance).

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