P.68C

Personal Airliner and Workhorse

 

The Vulcanair Aircraft P.68C Series is a six seater, twin engine, high wing, fixed landing gear aircraft. Relative to its predecessors this year the aircraft is offered standard with numerous improvements such as a completely redesigned cockpit with a brand new avionic suite featuring the new Garmin G-1000 NXI coupled with a new Garmin GFC700 digital autopilot with yaw damper, adjustable seats, a standard pilot door, sturdier main gear and brakes, and a higher maximum zero fuel weight, coupled with an astounding wing life limit of 21550 hours.

The P.68C is the sensible alternative to many single engine and light twin aircraft in today’s General Aviation market.

The redundancy of the second engine with a fuel consumption comparable to many six-cylinder single engine piston aircraft place the P68C is in a class of its own.

As a result the P.68 is a benign, docile and stable aircraft in the whole flight envelope with superior flight qualities which can only be appreciated once the aircraft is flown.

Horsepower
400 Hp
Max cruise speed
165kts
Max range
1820 NM
Passengers
6

Specifications

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) 1420 kg 3130 lb
Max Zero Fuel Weight 1967 kg 4336 lb
Max Useful Load 680 kg 1499 lb
Max Usable Fuel (with aux tanks) 670 lt 177U.S. gal
Number of Seats 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, 8000ft, MTOW 301 km/h 160 Ktas
Cruise speed @ 60% MCP (economy), ISA, 9000ft, MTOW 277 km/h 150 ktas
Maximum rate of climb at sea level, ISA, MTOW 6 m/s 1100 fpm
Single engine rate of climb at sea level, ISA, MTOW 1 m/s 200 fpm
Stall speed, full flaps (35°), MTOW, ISA, sea level 106 km/h 57 kcas
Max Altitude 5490 m 18000 ft
Single Engine Service ceiling ISA, MTOW, RoC 75 ft/min: 1070 m 3500 ft
4 persons (77kg), cruise 55% MCP @ 10000 ft, with fuel reserve (45’ holding):

1875 km

1012 nm

Take-Off Distance over 50ft, MTOW, ISA 400 m 1312 ft
Landing Distance over 50ft, MLW 600 m 1969 ft
Take-Off Ground Run 240 m 787 ft
Landing Ground Run, ISA, MLM:  240 m 787 ft
Max Endurance, 4 persons (77 kg): Long Range, Cruise 55% Pwr @ 10000, 30' Res. 7,2 h 7,2 h

External 

The new P.68C is easily recognizable thanks to its pilot door, longer nose with more space for avionics and weather radar and its up turned wing tips.

Interviews with our extensive family of enthusiastic owners and operators have confirmed  the P68C as an all round performer.

Private owners graduating to their first twin, experienced pilots using the aircraft both for leisure or business and operators routinely hauling passengers from and to remote locations all fly the P.68C with the same satisfaction.

Wing Span

12.00 m
39.37 ft

Wing Area

18.60 m2
200.23 ft2

Overall Length

9.455 m
31.33 ft

Overall Height

3.40 m
11.15 ft

Internal

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

This view shows a standard 1+5 seat interior layout of P.68C including the arrangement of the cockpit crew, passenger cabin and baggage compartment with the Front RH Pilot door, 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.

One new feature of the renovated P.68C which is greatly appreciated is the redesigned interior which has recovered a lot of headroom especially in the aft passenger 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. If the aircraft is used for business flying it can be easily configured in club seating just by switching the direction of two middle seats.

Design

The new P.68C is available with two 200 hp Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 normally aspirated engines. These engines drive Hartzell constant speed, full feathering propellers.

Performance

The exceptionally clean lines of the P.68C 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.

Customer Support

All the OEM parts installed on the P.68C series aircraft have been reviewed and updated to guarantee quick parts availability. With full production resumed also airframe parts availability is guaranteed.

Airborne SUV Capabilities

The P.68C can truly be considered an airborne SUV The difference between the Vulcanair and any aircraft which may be comparable to it is that the P68C 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.68C flexible space allows the pilot to load the aircraft in many ways that can satisfy many different mission profiles.

Style

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.

* 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.

Safety

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 P68C 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.

Economy

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.