Piaggio delivers to ENAV the fourth P.180 Flight Inspections

A new Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II Flight Inspections purchased by ENAV, the Italian Company which provides air Traffic Control service, has been presented on Thursday, November 27th in Rome at the ENAV Flight Inspection base at Ciampino Airport. 

The new ENAV aircraft, certified for radio measurement and calibration, is classified as “radio measurement working aircraft” and thanks to the state of the art systems and the operational efficiency of the platform, the P180 Flight Inspections can promptly conduct flight measurement of all the procedures and assistance, radio, radar and visual, installed throughout Italian territory. 

Being compliant with ICAO and NATO standards, they can also be used to carry out this activity abroad. 

ENAV manages the safety and regulation of air navigation and also oversees in-flight route inspection and airport radio measurement (VOR, DME, ILS etc.) to ensure the accuracy and compliance of the transmissions with internationally recognised regulations. 

The purchase of the fourth aircraft has been decided by ENAV to maintain the high safety standards in the Italian airports , further improving the efficiency of air traffic, and to supply this service in all foreign airports following some important contracts achieved by ENAV in recent months. 

The operational efficiency of the P180 Avanti II platform with, its state of the art systems, is designed to ensure accurate flight inspection of all aspects of radio, radar, sight procedures and assistance install
The Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II twuion turboprop has a range of 1470 nautical miles IFR delivering up to 4.5 hours flight time ; a top speed of 402 kts (463 mph,745 km/h),a climb rate of 2532 feet (844 meters) per minute and a cruising altitude of 41,000 feet (12,500 meters). 

This performance while similar to a jet returns 40 % lower fuel consumption with greater operational efficiency and much lower CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The aircraft is also certified for rapid landing procedures, an essential factor in missions for radio measurement and the calibration of airport control systems.

The new P180 Avanti II aircraft now in service with the ENAV fleet guarantees measurement and control of the following system operating capacities:


ILS: Instrumental Landing System – automatic landing procedures under any environmental conditions (infrastructural and weather)
VOR: Vhf Omni directional Radio range – Radio navigation systems
TACAN: Tactical Air Navigation – Radio navigation system in military frequency
MLS, DME-P: Microwave Landing System – Low frequency guided landing system
VDF: Vhf Direction Finder – Radio source direction finder
COM UHF and UF: Radio communications systems
PAPI: Precision Approach Pat Indicator – Landing light system, airport lights, surface radar, various types of GNSS systems, radio interference monitoring, signal quality monitoring.