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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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