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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).

Parker and Piaggio Aerospace Well Ahead in the Qualification Tests of the New Brakes for the Avanti

Parker and Piaggio Aerospace Well Ahead in the Qualification Tests of the New Brakes for the Avanti

The Parker Aerospace Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division, a global industry leader in aviation wheel and brake technologies with over 80 years of engineering pedigree and experience, and Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business and defense & security sectors, today announced that the program aimed at offering owners and operators of the P.180 Avanti, Avanti II and Avanti EVO the opportunity to select an alternative retrofit configuration for the wheels and brakes of their aircraft is now in the advanced stages of development and certification.  

The program was designed last year as a mutual commitment to provide continuous quality and substantial economic value over the whole life of the product. Recently completed are the overpressure, radial load, fatigue (roll), and brake endurance tests, while the final wheel load tests are scheduled for completion in the month of October. Preliminary physical fit and static functional checks have been conducted on both configurations of landing gear of the Avanti and of the Avanti EVO. On-runway braking tests will take place next year, with final approval and release of the product expected in the course of 2018.  

Aircraft Wheel & Brake Engineering Manager Dan Basch noted, “Compatible with the most commonly used tires in the field today, the Parker forged aluminium wheel provides excellent corrosion resistance, as well as advanced safety features protecting against both manual and thermally induced tire over-pressurization. Heat shields are included in the design to help maintain acceptable tire temperatures. The Parker steel brake integrates seamlessly with existing aircraft normal and emergency hydraulic systems, and requires no aircraft or landing gear modifications to install. The high-performance steel brake was engineered to maintain smooth and consistent operation and even wear across the available life.”  

“The customized Parker steel brake was designed to offer the lowest possible operating costs while still providing unsurpassed quality,” noted Aircraft Wheel & Brake Business Team Leader Tom Dorinsky. “The conversion kit will be offered at a very competitive price and will achieve a competitive cost per landing. The program will ensure a significant reduction in overhaul costs, projected to be as much as 70%, offered under a dedicated Piaggio Aerospace exchange program.”      

Aircraft Wheel & Brake General Manager Jim Stephens added, “All design efforts were performed with the goal of substantially reducing the operator’s costs. We are proud to be part of the team partnering with Piaggio Aerospace to make this cost reduction a reality.”   

Piaggio Aerospace Chief Executive Officer Renato Vaghi said, “A partnership with an international and innovative manufacturer such as Parker responds to our positioning plans for our Avanti P.180 at a global level and will meet our customers’ demands in a highly competitive industry, in particular in the US, which represents a strategic market for us.”  

At NBAA-BACE (Las Vegas, 10-12 October 2017), Piaggio Aerospace is present at stand C11920 and displays one of its Avanti EVO aircraft in the static area at position IS_7. Avanti EVO is its state-of-the-art business aviation product. Currently, there are around 220 P.180 Avanti aircraft in operation globally.  

Piaggio Aerospace presents new customer-focused service solutions at NBAA-BACE

Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business and defense & security sectors, today announced a suite of new customer service solutions for its P.180 Avanti aircraft family, at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas (October 10-12, 2017).

The new solutions include:

  1. Forward Wing Care Program for global clients – Forward Wing Care is a new optional per-flight-hour program specifically designed for the Avanti EVO factory-new aircraft providing long-term comprehensive airframe maintenance support and expanded parts coverage at competitive rates. For new deliveries, this five-year support solution ideally complements the warranty coverage offered by Piaggio Aerospace and its partners. Customers enrolling in the Forward Wing Care program will benefit from skilled labour coverage on scheduled airframe inspections, troubleshooting, unscheduled component replacements, and servicing to be carried out at Piaggio Aerospace’s Authorized Service Centers. With Forward Wing Care, the customer is buying budgeting peace of mind, with value added to protect the investment in the aircraft as an asset.
  2. Inventory upgrade for faster delivery in the US – As part of a wider commitment to strengthen the aftermarket support in the US, an additional inventory is being gradually positioned at Piaggio Aerospace’s parts distribution center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The facility currently houses more than 16,500 parts for all P.180 Avanti models and the inventory is steadily increasing with right-sizing expected to be accomplished in 2018. The inventory is cleared through customs into the US, resulting in faster delivery and fewer fees for customers.
  3. Collaboration with Constant Aviation – As an additional element of support for customers in the US, especially for those situations where the P.180 aircraft may be in need of maintenance in a location distant from their local Service Center, Piaggio Aerospace and Constant Aviation are working to develop a coordinated AOG (aircraft on ground) support network, taking advantage of the numerous mobile intervention teams which are already available across the US.  Such capability, to be in place early next year, will represent a strong complement to the support of the existing Piaggio Authorized Service Centers, currently providing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.          

Commenting on the announcement, Renato Vaghi, Chief Executive Officer of Piaggio Aerospace, said: “Within a more and more competitive market in business aviation, our primary goal is to continue to put customers first by offering them an ever increasing level of support throughout the in-service life of their P.180 Avanti aircraft. With these new support features, we are keeping up with customers’ and operators’ needs as well as expanding our existing set of opportunities globally with a focus on the US market.”

The NBAA-BACE is the world’s largest business aviation event, bringing together business leaders and government officials for a total of 27,000 industry professionals representing 96 countries. Piaggio Aerospace is present at stand C11920 and displays one of its Avanti EVO aircraft in the static area at position IS_7. Avanti EVO is its state-of-the-art business aviation product.

Piaggio Aerospace participates with Avanti EVO at NBAA-BACE, world’s largest business aviation event

Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business and defense & security sectors, today announced it will participate with its Avanti EVO at NBAA-BACE, the National Business Aviation Association – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition staged in Las Vegas, US, between 10th and 12th October, 2017.

The NBAA-BACE is the world’s largest business aviation event, bringing together business leaders and government officials for a total of 27,000 industry professionals representing 96 countries.

Piaggio Aerospace will be present at stand C11920 and will display one of its Avanti EVO aircraft in the static area at position IS_7. Avanti EVO is its state-of-the-art business aviation product. Currently, there are around 220 P.180 Avanti aircraft in operation globally.

Renato Vaghi, Chief Executive Officer of Piaggio Aerospace, said: “We are optimistic about the prospects for Piaggio Aerospace thanks to the significant competitive advantages that the Avanti EVO offers in terms of cabin comfort, operational efficiency and overall performance. In this context, NBAA-BACE is the most valuable opportunity to promote our innovative third generation of the legendary P.180.”

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