Here’s a nice surprise just out of FlightFX‘s communication channels: the team is now working on a new aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, following the release of the excellent Vision Jet back in November. And what is that new aircraft, you wonder? It’s the Piaggio P.180 Avanti II, the sleek Italian executive airplane that is still, today, one of the most unique designs of our time!
The announcement came through FlightFX’s Discord, where Nick Sdoucos shared the first teaser images of the Avanti II. These are just a handful of early shots of the external 3D model of the aircraft, but its distinctive features are clearly visible: the two “pusher” engines, the front wing, and the T-tail.
We reached out to FlightFX to get further details about this project, but the team seems to be keeping that for themselves at this moment. Still, it’s been confirmed that the Avanti will feature ProLine 21 avionics, similar to the Working Title CJ4. We’ll bring you more details as soon as they become available!
The Piaggio Avanti is a one-of-a-kind aircraft that has been making waves in the aviation industry since its introduction in the 1980s. Its unique pusher configuration and forward wing design sets it apart from other business jets, and has contributed to its popularity among pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike.
One of the primary benefits of the pusher configuration is that it eliminates the need for a tail-mounted engine, which can increase drag and decrease fuel efficiency. Instead, the two turboprop engines are located at the rear of the fuselage, providing greater lift and stability. The forward wing design also contributes to the aircraft’s performance, allowing for greater efficiency and a smoother ride.
The Piaggio Avanti has proven to be a dependable and effective aircraft despite its peculiar appearance. It is a great option for longer flights thanks to its impressive range of more than 1,500 nautical miles and a maximum speed of almost 400 knots. The aircraft’s fuel-efficient design also contributes to its relatively low operating expenses when compared to other business jets.