Italian aircraft manufacturer Vulcanair (Booth 6112) brought its twin-piston-engine P68R to the LABACE static display to highlight the company’s broad product line. The Vulcanair fleet now ranges from the V1.0 single-engine piston trainer to a full line of piston-powered twins and the latest model, the turboprop A-Viator, designed to fill the needs of efficient small commuter airlines.
The P68R can seat up to six occupants and its retractable landing gear helps deliver better speed and range performance. All-aluminum construction is a Vulcanair characteristic and helps make the company’s aircraft rugged and reliable as well as easy to maintain and with low operating costs. Not only are Vulcanair’s airplanes reasonably priced, but they also fill a niche that isn’t being addressed by other manufacturers, many of which have abandoned the light twin-engine marketplace. This situation has made it difficult for training providers to find a source of new twin-engine airplanes.
The P68R is powered by two 180-hp Lycoming fuel-injected piston engines. Maximum takeoff weight is 2,063 kg (4,548 pounds) and useful load is 613 kg (1,351 lb) at a typical empty weight of 1,450 kg (3,197 lb).
With 670 liters (177 gallons) of fuel on board (including auxiliary tanks), the P68R can fly 890 nm (1,648 km) while carrying four people at 55 percent power at 10,000 feet with a 30-minute reserve. High-speed cruise is 168 knots (311 km/hour) true airspeed. Takeoff distance to 50 feet at maximum weight and ISA conditions is 431 meters (1,414 feet), and landing over a 50-foot obstacle at maximum landing weight is 475 meters (1,558 ft).
The P68R has three doors, one on the right for the pilots, one on the center left side of the fuselage for rear passengers and a door for the 3.198-cubic-meter (113 cu ft) baggage compartment.
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