P68 TC Observer
Fixed Landing Gear
Standard with a Garmin G1000 and GFC700 Autopilot package
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.
|2 Engines: Lycoming TIO-360-C1A6D (210 HP)|
|Max Ramp Weight||4630 lb.|
|Max Take-Off Weight||4594 lb.|
|Max Landing Weight||4365 lb.|
|Std. Empty Weight (std. equipped w/ avg. options)||3197 lb.|
|Max Zero Fuel Weight||4167 lb.|
|Max Useful Load||1433 lb.|
|Max Usable Fuel (with aux tanks)||177 US gal.|
|Number of seats||6|
|Luggage Capacity in Luggage Compartment||23 cu ft|
|Max Luggage Weight||100 lb.|
|Cruise Speed @ 75%, ISA, 8,000ft||165 Ktas|
|Best Economy Cruise Speed @ 60%, at 9,000 ft.||156 Kits|
|Rate of Climb (2 engines s.l. @ MTOW)||1400 fpm|
|Single Engine Rate of Climb (MTOW, s.l.)||240 fpm|
|Stall Speed, 35 deg. Flaps, MTOW||57 kcas|
|Max Altitude||20000 ft|
|SE Service Ceiling||8000 ft|
|Max Range 2 persons (198 lbs.) and 220 lbs. mission payload: Long Range, Cruise 55%, PWR at 10,000 ft., 30 min. Res||1136 nm|
|Take-Off Distance over 50ft, MTOW, ISA||1361 ft.|
|Landing Distance over 50ft, MLW||1969 ft.|
|Take-Off Ground Run||817 ft.|
|Landing Ground Run||787 ft.|
|Max Endurance 2 persons (198 lbs.) and 220 lbs. mission payload: Long Range, Cruise 55%, PWR at 10,000 ft., 30 min. Res.||7.8 hrs.|
Passenger Cabin AREA
Cargo AREA in PAx COnf.
All Cargo Configuration
|Length||4.760 ft||Length||5.840 ft||Length||2.677 ft||Length||8.507 ft|
|Width||3.806 ft||Width||3.806 ft||Average Width||3.300 ft||Average Width||3.609 ft|
|Average Height||3.773 ft||Average Height||3.937 ft||Average Height||3.281 ft||Average Height||3.674 ft|
|Total Volume||87.51 cu. ft.||Total Volume||87.51 cu. ft||Total Volume||28.98 cu. ft||Total Volume||112.8 cu. ft|
This view shows a standard 1+5 seat interior layout of P68 TC 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 P68 TC OBSERVER is the redesigned glass cockpit allowing the installation of the GPS/NAV/COM in a standard position versus the old position located between pilot and co-pilot. This new installation has improved ingress and egress of the pilot for added comfort and safety.
The new generation P68 TC OBSERVER features a redesigned interior. Thanks to this, passengers have gained a few inches of headroom, especially in the aft area.
The P68 TC 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.
Design Features and Information
The new P68 TC OBSERVER is available with two four-cylinder 210 hp Lycoming TIO-360-C1A6D engines.
The exceptionally clean lines of the P68 TC 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.
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 P68 TC 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 maintenance costs, which are a direct result of the aircraft construction’s 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.
All the OEM parts installed on the P68 TC OBSERVER series aircraft have been reviewed and updated to guarantee quick parts availability. With full production resumed, airframe parts availability is guaranteed.
While it can be true that composite aircraft have no rivets, at Vulcanair we believe that there are many advantages in aluminum 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 aluminum structure together with the ease of repair.
Airborne SUV Capabilities
The P68 TC OBSERVER can truly be considered an airborne SUV. The difference between the Vulcanair and any comparable aircraft is that the P68 TC OBSERVER has two engines that 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 P68 TO OBSERVER flexible space allows the pilot to load the aircraft in many ways that can satisfy many different mission profiles.
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.