Why spend the cost
of a light jet, about $5 million, for a turboprop? One look at
the Avanti tells you this is no ordinary turboprop. Let's consider
it's capable of operating at FL410--41,000 feet, and it will fly
at a jet-like 400 knots. Do I have your attention yet? How about
considering that the Avanti does all this while burning dramatically
less fuel than any jet, making it much cheaper to fly? In fact,
according to Piaggio's marketing literature, it'll burn less fuel
on a 300nm flight than a King Air. How does it do that? It's design
is extremely efficient, with incredibly low drag, that's how.
Add to all of this
that the fact that the rear mounted engines actually make it quieter
than any jet, while the cabin is equivalent in roominess to a
medium sized jet, costing much more than the Avanti. This is one
comfortable bird for long trips!
Given all that,
you have to stop and take notice of this unusual bird, but if
that didn't totally hook you, how about the fact that this plane
is the one chosen by Ferrari to haul its executives around Europe?