Eyes above the forest

31 January 2011

Eyes above the forest

A new article about P68 Observer 2, Special Mission aircraft was published on AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) website.

It is a story on Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Italian-built twin-engine aircraft, which had flown four search-and-rescue missions in the Gulf of Mexico prior to the interview and four flights to spot night hunters, as deer poachers on state and federal land are called. One of the rescue missions came as part of a coordinated effort involving a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and jet, two U.S. Air Force C-130s (one used to refuel helicopters), and two Air Force helicopters.

FWC pilots consider the Vulcanair as capable as their helicopters when it comes to search and rescue, hunting for marijuana fields on federal or state land, or stalking the deer stalkers, but at a much lower purchase price and operating cost. 

Read the article