When it comes to turboprops, the Beechcraft King Air leads the way in popularity, but when customers ask us for their options, the Piaggio Avanti should probably be on the list. Having been a pilot on both types of aircraft, Acquisition Expert Randy Knowlton looks at the competitive edge of the Piaggio Avanti when it comes to things like comfort and efficiency.
BEECHCRAFT KING AIR
COMFORT & APPEAL
Piaggio Avanti draws immediate attention as soon as it emerges from the hangar. It is unique.
The Italian executive transport was intentionally designed after its sister product, the Ferrari.
Because the airplane manufacturer is also automobile royalty and creator of Ferrari, they proudly say, "It not only rules the tracks but the skies as well."
If you step inside, you will understand its magnetic appeal: the cabin is huge. Canvas Aviation clients often immediately remark on the difference in cabin space. "I like having the ability to stand and stretch," one customer said.
SAFE & SMOOTH
The Piaggio Avanti is a plane flying like jet, disguised as a turboprop.
For instance, the Piaggio Avanti reaches heights of 41,000 feet compared to KingAir's ability to operate at 35,000 feet. 6,000 feet is significant allowing the Piaggio Avanti to soar above any kind of weather, just like a jet or Commercial aircraft. This affords passengers a smoother, safer ride avoiding turbulence.
The Piaggio Avanti also maintains Sea Level cabin pressure or 9,000 more feet than the Beechcraft King Air 350, so passengers experience fewer changes in pressure contributing to cabin comfort.
Because Avanti took pride in the Piaggio Avanti design the unique fuselage system represents less engine noise. The decibel level in the cabin is more comparable to a jet engine rather a turboprop.
All of these elements adding to the safety and comfort, making the Piaggio Avanti a very different choice.
The Piaggio Avanti's intelligent, aerodynamic design allows it to travel faster than its comparable King Air models. The max cruise speed for the Piaggio Avanti is 18 km/h faster than the King Air 350 (745 km/hr vs. 577 km/hr).
The Piaggio Avanti can also depart for a destination 500 nautical miles away and return to the original destination without refueling. This amounts to lower fuel costs and lower CO2 emissions (2,110 lbs for the Piaggio Avanti vs. 2,778 lbs for the King Air).
Due to the Piaggio Avanti’s speed and efficiency with fuel, owners recognize significant per hour savings.
It is fair to say that Piaggio Avanti has a challenge with its service and support. Because the King Airs were first produced in 1966, considered the most popular business aircraft, they have long established their part delivery schedules, availability and maintenance support.
If you are in the market for an aircraft, take a look into the "Ferrari of the sky." It's performance and comfort all wrapped up in a stunning aircraft design. Learn more.
About the Author:
Randy Knowlton has been part of the general aviation industry for more than 35 years serving in every area of sales, management, maintenance and flight operations. Specializing in aircraft acquisition, disposition and management, there's no technical expert that knows more about aligning your needs to aircraft buying and selling decisions.
Randy is an ATP pilot with type rating in an array of business jets. He has more than 10,500 hours flight time and flies regularly.
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