Piaggio Avanti

Business Jet Traveler » August 2012
Piaggio Avanti
Fly with four passengers and range increases to 1,300 nautical miles. Considering that the design of the Avanti is 30 years old, this is nothing short of amazing.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 2:30pm

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Jack Klein
on September 11, 2012 - 5:35pm

Regarding your statement "...the design of the wings, is distinctly American. An Ohio State aerodynamicist did it.", I believe that the wing layout was actually a design of Dr. Jan Roskam of the University of Kansas, not Ohio. Much of the wind tunnel testing was done by Dr. Roskam at Wichita State University's wind tunnel.

Otherwise, I love your publication! Keep it coming. Jack Klein, Dassault Falcon Jet Corp.

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Jay Davis
on September 11, 2012 - 6:04pm

One of these days I would love to photograph one of these beautiful aircraft, plus I would be thrilled to ride on one.

Any takers?

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Christopher Mbanefo
on September 14, 2012 - 5:13am

I'm afraid Jack, you are not quite correct in your comments. The three lifting surface concept for the Avanti was developed by an Italian aerospace engineer, Dr. Alex Mazzoni, who convinced Piaggio to use it for the design of the Avanti. He was the Chief Designer of the aircraft. In the mid 1980s the design was verified both analytically and by windtunnel testing at Ohio State University under the leadership of Dr. Gerald M. Gregorek, then Department Chair of the Aero-Astro Dept of OSU. Certain tests may have been carried out at Kansas State by Dr. Roskam... that I cannnot ascertain. At OSU we fine-tuned the area-ruling on the engine cowlings, the flap design, and a lot of work went into maintaining the laminar flow on the canards in real life conditions such as rain. This we accomplished without the use of vortex generators... which was the solution that Beechcraft had to use on its Starship, with a resulting increase in overall drag and reduction in cruise performance. It was an exciting time for those of us involved in new aircraft projects at the time, for there was room and space for innovation and progress. Today the pendulum seems to have swung in the opposite direction...

Christopher Mbanefo
CEO - YASAVA Aeronautics
Switzerland
[former Research / Teaching Assistant AAE Dept OSU under Dr. Gregorek]

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Raghvinder Joshi
on September 16, 2012 - 1:56pm

'Proof of the Pudding' as they say, is in eating. Does this pretty looking aircraft go to work everyday or does it wait sitting on the tarmac waiting for parts and maintenance?

Why so few have been produced in its lifetime so far? These points need addressing.

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