Piaggio disclosed the sale of five P180 Avanti EVO turboprops to Southern California’s West Coast Aviation Services at NBAA. It’s the first sale of the type in the U.S. market and includes an option for four additional aircraft.

The first unit is to be delivered immediately – it’s the one on show here.

Piaggio has also boosted customer support options for the airplane, noting an agreement with Parker’s aircraft wheel and brake division to develop alternative, lower-cost brakes; a new landing gear retrofit option; and the signature of new service center agreements with eight major U.S. repair stations.

The new set of steel brakes and main gear wheels will be offered to customers as a retrofit starting in mid-2017, bringing 70% operating savings. An FAA STC will come first, followed by EASA approval.

Service center agreements have been concluded with Greenpoint Aerospace, Intercontinental Jet Service, Mather Aviation, Signature TechnicAir, Stevens Aviation, Turboprop East and West Star Aviation.

Piaggio Aerospace also recently extended the existing agreement with Fort Lauderdale’s Banyan Air Service, where the Piaggio Customer Support Florida Unit is based.