FSX – New Pilot Review – Piaggio P-180 Avanti (P180)

On the ground, taxiing, the P-180’s low-speed “twitchiness” becomes a serious problem.  If you use reverse-thrust to provide your own “push back”, do not touch the brakes to stop;  you will pop the nose into the air and smash your pusher-prop blades into the ground.

Likewise, taxing in a tail-wind results in a plane that where the nose bounces up and down constantly, with sudden left-to-right yaws with little apparent reason.  A cross-wind on taxi requires constant pedal to left or right to steer anything close to a “straight’ line.

So, other than good looks, what does the P-180 have to offer the new pilot?  In a word, speed.

At 240 knots airspeed, it is not uncommon to see speed over the ground over 270 knots.  That means the P-180 will do the “Moncton to Halifax” run in half the time that the C208 will … a mere 44 minutes with the right wind.

The P-180 is a fun challenge, but I’m not sure it is for everyone.  You either have to already be good at flying fast twin-engines, or you have to want to learn this plane.

I’ll have to do the math, but I expect that the P-180 puts Boston and Quebec City into the “Sunday afternoon project” range for me, purely because of it’s speed.  That’s a good way to start learning cruising and navigation at higher altitudes, above 15,000 feet.

So far, based on training and the logged time, I like the P-180.  I expect to be doing the next 20 or so flights with it, until I cross the 20-hour threshold for my first “promotion” at Canadian Xpress.  That will allow me to look at some new planes and stretch a bit further still.

Thanks for reading.  I’d love to hear your comments in the section below.  See you up there!

5 thoughts on “FSX – New Pilot Review – Piaggio P-180 Avanti (P180)

  1. How and welcome aboard. I can’t wait to see your other post and follow you through your journey

    Vatsim ATO Instructor.

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