Vulcanair last month delivered the first P68 Observer 2 in China soon after the Civil Aviation Administration of China granted type certificate validation for the high-wing piston twin, in addition to its P68C and Vr (P68R) siblings. According to the Italian manufacturer, the P68 Observer 2’s entire front fuselage is made of clear plexiglass, giving occupants “excellent helicopter-like visibility” needed for mapping, survey, and surveillance missions. Meanwhile, the more conventional-nosed, fixed-gear P68C and retractable-gear Vr are aimed at the training and private aircraft markets.
Vulcanair delivered the first P68 Observer 2 in China yesterday, less than two weeks after the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) granted type certificate validation for the twin turboprop. The aircraft was delivered to Vulcanair’s Chinese distributor, Tianjin-based China Aero Supply, which will in turn hand over the turboprop to its undisclosed customer. Vulcanair said this Observer 2 will be used for aerial photo missions. China Aero Supply also has “a number” of P68 Observer 2s on order, which will be delivered to China “soon.”
Italian manufacturer Vulcanair, along with sales agent Linford Aviation (Stand 5019), is promoting the P68R high-wing twin, which is making its Brazilian debut here at LABACE. The P68R is the executive version of the aircraft, with retractable undercarriage for high-speed passenger transport. Vulcanair also produces the P68C with fixed undercarriage that is aimed at a variety of utility applications, such as air taxi and aeromedical services, general transport (including cargo) and even for farmers and farm companies operating in sparsely populated regions.