P.68TC Observer

The Aerial Survey Graduate


Globally acclaimed as the most cost-effective yet twin-engine airplane for observation and patrol roles.

Designed to provide an alternate and more economic solution in a field where the helicopter has until now dominated.


420 Hp
Max cruise speed
Max range
1410 NM
5 + Pilot


2 engines: Lycoming TIO-360-C1A6D rated 210 Hp at 2575 rpm    
Max Ramp Weight 2100 Kg 4630 lb
Max Take-Off Weight 2084 Kg 4594 lb
Max Landing Weight 1980 Kg 4365 lb
Std. Empty Weight (std equipped w/ avg optionals) 1450 Kg 3197 lb
Max Zero Fuel Weight 1967 Kg 4336 lb
Max Useful Load 650 Kg 1433 lb
Max Usable Fuel (with aux tanks) 670 lt 177 U.S. gal
Number of Seats 6 6
Luggage Capacity in Luggage Compartment 0,66 cu.m 23 cu ft
Max Luggage Weight 181 Kg 400 lb
Cruise speed @ 75% MCP, ISA, 8000 ft, MTOW 306 Km/h 165 ktas
Cruise speed @ 65% MCP (economy), ISA, 9000ft, MTOW 289 Km/h 156 ktas
Maximum rate of climb at sea level, ISA, MTOW 7 m/s 1400 fpm
Single engine rate of climb at sea level, ISA, MTOW 1,2 m/s 240 fpm
Stall speed, full flaps (35°), MTOW, ISA, sea level 106 Km/h 57 kcas
Max Altitude 6096 m 20000 ft
Single Engine Service ceiling ISA, MTOW 2438 m 8000 ft
Max Range 2 persons (90 kg) and 100 kg mission payload: Long Range, Cruise 55%, PWR 10000, 30' Res. 2105 km 1136 nm
Take-Off Distance over 50ft, MTOW, ISA 415 m 1361 ft
Landing Distance over 50ft, MLW 600 m 1969 ft
Take-Off Ground Run 249 m 817 ft
Landing Ground Run 240 m 787 ft
Max Endurance 2 persons (90 kg) and 100 kg mission payload:    
Long Range, Cruise 55%, PWR 10000, 30' Res. 7,8 h 7,8 h


The new P.68TC Observer has a unique aircraft design. In fact the aircraft features a full Plexiglas nose allowing unrestricted forward visibility.

This unique feature has many benefits for many categories of pilots / operators. Whether you are a law enforcement pilot or you want to enjoy the view, no other fixed wing general aviation aircraft in the market has the same visibility.

You will not miss traffic and you will not miss visual target on the ground. That is why the P.68TC Observer aircraft is the choice of many law enforcement entities in the US and abroad.

Wing Span

12.00 m
39.37 ft

Wing Area

18.60 m2
200.23 ft2

Overall Length

9.15 m
30.02 ft

Overall Height

3.40 m
11.15 ft


Cockpit Area
Passenger Cabin
Pax Configuaration
Cargo Compartment
Length 1.451m 4.760 ft
Width 1.160m 3.806 ft
1.150m 3.773 ft
Length 1.780m 5.840 ft
Width 1.160m 3.806 ft
1.200m 3.937 ft 
2.478m3 87.51 cu. Ft
Length 0.816m2.677 ft
Width 1.010m3.300 ft
1.000m3.281 ft
0.824m328.98 cu. ft
Length 2.596m8.507 ft
Width 1.100m3.609 ft
1.120m3.674 ft
3.198m3112.8 cu. ft

This view shows a standard 1+5 seat interior layout of P.68TC OBSERVER including the arrangement of the cockpit crew, passenger cabin and baggage compartment with the large aft RH Cargo door and the LH Passenger entrance door.

The aircraft can be also certified for 1+6 people by installing a rear bench allowing seating for three people in the last row.

One important new feature of the new generation P.68TC OBSERVER is the redesigned glass cockpit and avionic suite featuring the Garmin G1000 NXI coupled with the new digital autopilot GFC700 which now features a yaw damper.

The new generation P.68TC OBSERVER   features a redesigned interior. Thanks to the redesigned interior passengers have gained a few inches of  headroom especially in the aft area.

The quickly removable seats make a large cabin volume available for the carriage of goods of all kinds from mountain bikes or golf clubs to stretchers for aerial ambulance duties.

The P.68TC OBSERVER has a standard predisposition for a camera hatch   which is located under the second row right hand seat. The camera hatch is 2.1 ft long and 1.5 ft wide (63 x 46 cm) and allows the installation of the wide variety of equipment such as professional digital photogrammetric cameras and a wide range of Gyro stabilized cameras such as L3 Wescam, Flir just to name a few.


The new P.68TC OBSERVER is available with two four cylinder 210 hp Lycoming TIO-360-C1A6D engines. The engine drive  Hartzell constant speed, full feathering propellers.


The exceptionally clean lines of the P.68TC OBSERVER are the result of many hours of wind tunnel testing and deliver an optimum performance in terms of maximum speed, rate of climb and endurance.


Let’s not forget that the P68 Series is designed and manufactured in Italy. Look at the clean lines of the aircraft and you will notice the difference.

Airborne SUV Capabilities

The P68 TC OBSERVER can truly be considered an airborne SUV. The difference between the Vulcanair and any aircraft which may be comparable to it is that the P68 TC OBSERVER has two engines and these two engines are powerful enough and reliable. No other light twin in the market offers three rows of removable seats, more than 65 cubic feet of internal volume including 20 cubic feet of cargo space allowing a max load in the cargo compartment of 400 lbs.

The P.68TC OBSERVER  flexible space allows the pilot to load the aircraft in many ways that can satisfy many different mission profiles.

* It is the responsibility of the pilot to conduct all operations in accordance with the approved Pilot’s Operating Handbook, which is the only official source of data.


Painstaking work on the part of an ideal designer / test pilot combination have produced truly remarkable and benign handling characteristics particularly at low speeds or in the unlikely event of an engine failure. The forward position of the pilot in relation to the wing provides excellent rearward visibility in turns, making for greater safety in crowded airspace. With the optional de-icing equipment installed on the P.68TC OBSERVER has been operated day and night with safety and regularity, from severe winter conditions over the North Sea and throughout Northern Europe to the harsh environments of the continents of Africa and Australia.


The P68 Series has one common feature, economy. The economy of the aircraft is the result of the low operating costs and of the low maintenance costs which are a direct result of the aircraft construction simplicity and low fuel consumption and replacement costs of its power plants. The rugged maintenance free, leaf spring fixed undercarriage, lack of complicated systems and unsurpassed accessibility of servicing points reduce maintenance to the minimum. The high wing configuration enables the engine intakes and propeller tips to be kept well clear of the ground thereby reducing dust ingestion and stone denting to the minimum and extending engine and propeller service lives to the maximum.

Material Choice

While it can be true that composite aircraft have no rivets, at Vulcanair we believe that there are many advantages in aluminium construction. The first advantage is weight, compared to a similar structure made of aircraft certified composite materials The second are the known and well documented aging and fatigue qualities of aluminium structure together with the ease of repair.