Italians are known for their sense of design. Edgy, curvy, modern, and flowing all can be used to describe Italian designs in furniture, cars, and even aircraft. The Piaggio P.180 Avanti is an aircraft that will make everyone stop in their tracks. The canard design and low drag, curvy lines of the fuselage screams performance. The Avanti II is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6 engines which gives it a cruise speed of 320 knots and a range of 1,400 nm. In fact, it does this while using 40% less fuel than similar sized jets. <wikipedia> <Piaggio Aero>
Available for X-Plane since the beginning of 2010 and updated very recently, the Avanti Alterna has been beautifully modeled by Vic Kabernique. Featuring full instrumentation, clickable panels, an incredible livery, and a very realistic sound set makes this model a must for any X-Plane pilot.
I had the chance to fly this baby on a test flight from KSAN to KSBA recently. The only word that comes to mind is impressive. The level of detail put into the eye candy, the flight dynamics, and the sound are on par with modellers charging $30+ and Vic offers his model as freeware. Add in the fact that you get a COMPLETE set of 28 liveries with the download and this package sets a new standard by which all other freeware for X-Plane will be measured.
So, stop reading and head over to X-Plane.org and get this baby for your hangar. If you don’t, you are so missing out!
Aircraft: Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Author: Vic Kabernique
Download Link: X-Plane.org
File Size: 62.15 mb