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Vulcanair was founded in 1996.

In 1998 Vulcanair purchased all the assets, type design, trademarks and rights of Partenavia. Vulcanair has taken over the heritage of the fine Italian aircraft design and manufacturing of General Aviation aircraft. Vulcanair's current products are based primarily on the designs of:

•  Luigi Pascale (P68 Series)

They are internationally recognized as world-class aircraft designers. In addition to this great heritage, since 1996 Vulcanair has invested in a new and motivated team of engineers whose goal is to apply new technologies and design techniques, to General Aviation. Vulcanair new products are entirely developed "in house" by our Design and Engineering department. Vulcanair's mission is to become a respected General Aviation manufacturer worldwide, through customer satisfaction and exciting, innovative solutions in aircraft design.

Vulcanair is situated on an area of 60.000 square meters (650,000.00 sqft). The company is located on the Capodichino Airport (inset above) in Napoli Italy, (LIRN), and has direct access to the runway.

Vulcanair aircraft cater for private owners / operators, aircraft charter operators, aerial contractors and various government agencies

Private Owners / Operators
About 60% of the P68 Series owners operate the aircraft for private use or to render their transport more effective while adding some fun!

The P68 Series aircraft is a very effective tool to fly around the U.S. in limited amount of time and with great flexibility without incurring in high operating costs. The fixed landing gear low fuel burn and good performance mix in a balanced package. The result is translated in insurance and maintenance savings (fixed undercarriage) and added safety (twin engine redundancy).

Private use of the P68 Series also means, increased profitability for entrepreneur’s businesses and increased travel safety for you and your family.

Call us for a test flight and you will see why the P68 owners are so proud about their aircraft!

Aircraft Charter Operators
About 10% of the P68 Series aircraft are charter operators. On your last trip to the Bahamas, Martha’s Vineyard and other beautiful vacation places in North America and the Caribbean you might have traveled aboard a P68 or might have spotted one at a local airport. Of course without talking about Latin America and Australia where the P68 Series has been a workhorse for years. One of the main reasons for that is the aircraft’s excellent short field performance, high wing (=less problems in unprepared runways), and as usual low operating costs and aircraft built simplicity.

Aerial Contractors
About 10% of the P68 Series aircraft are aerial contractors. Our aircraft is an extremely stable platform and has an excellent visibility. These factors combined to the extreme aircraft’s range and low operating costs, make it a perfect aircraft for pipeline work, mapping, and real estate surveys just to name a few applications.

We are proud to say that the U.S. Government or U.S. States and its entities own about 20% of the U.S. flying fleet of P68 Series aircraft.

The aircraft is owned by 11 different U.S. States: CA, GA, FL, PA, MT, TX OH, NY, ID, TN, OR.

Most of the time the aircraft is used for law enforcement and wildlife conservation. In fact the P68 Observer can easily and inexpensively install advanced observation equipment such as gyro-stabilized cameras (such as FLIR or WESCAM). This equipment combined with the aircraft low noise (much less than an helicopter) relative high cruise speed but also low minimum control speed, make it an excellent surveillance tool.

In addition, in its Observer configuration, the pilot has unrestricted visibility thanks to a full Plexiglas cockpit. This allows the pilot to visually target potential problems, or in the wildlife, to visually survey the protected areas.

But the U.S.Government is not the only Government that operates the P68. In fact the aircraft is currently in extensive use in Italy (Italian Police), Germany, and is being introduced in many other countries who have identified the benefits of aerial surveillance.

The P68 series is the sensible alternative to many single engine and light twin aircraft in today's general aviation market.

With the redundancy of the second engine and total fuel consumption comparable to many six-cylinder single engine piston aircraft, the P68C is in a class of its own. The aircraft fuel burn for the normally aspirated version is 16 to 18 gal/hr total, yet the P68 has two engines (2x Lycoming IO360A1B6).

Design Features
Many light twins currently available in the market have been designed as an evolution of previously existing single engine versions. This has obliged the manufacturers to make design compromises. As a result many of today’s light twins are very difficult to handle in critical situations, namely when one of the engines fails.

From the start the P68 Series was designed to be a twin! Therefore the designers of the P68 Series were not bound to so many restrictions and were able to craft a light twin that was as stable as possible and as docile as possible, and aerodynamically efficient.

If you look at the design features of the aircraft you may notice that the rudder is relatively large compared to other light twins, this adds to stability.

The aircraft is a high wing, which inherently renders the aircraft more stable.

Have you ever heard of the pendulum? Have you ever seen a low wing bird?

Fixed Landing Gear
The fixed landing gear on the P68 Series design does not significantly affect the performance of the aircraft. In fact the P68 designers produced a retractable version of the aircraft and the increase in airspeed was only a few knots! The reason is that the aircraft was designed with ideal combination of extensive wind tunnel testing and test pilot reports.

The result was an ideal equilibrium within the whole flight envelope. At low speeds (Vmc=62 Kts), the aircraft is very controllable, yet it can cruise up to 165 Kts.

The fixed landing gear has many advantages. The first is that “it is down and welded” which means added safety. You will not forget to lower it and the system is fail proof. In addition to safety, the fixed landing gear is lighter than a retractable system, because there are no servos, no motors, no additional pumps etc.. The weight savings go all towards useful load, which is critical in any aircraft.

Ultimately, the fixed landing gear will save you money. In fact a major cost in an annual inspection is the inspection and possible repair/ overhaul of a retractable landing gear system.

With the P68 Series you will not have to go through that.

Roomy Cabin
The P68 Series is probably the roomiest light twin in its class. In fact the cabin space is in excess of 46.8 cu ft. not counting the large 20 cu ft of luggage space in the back of the aircraft. Who wants to be cramped anyway?

Quality Construction
The P68 Series is hand manufactured in Italy by skilled and passionate workers . The construction is riveted aluminum. This construction has several advantages. Among those the most important ones are durability and serviceability.

In fact in today’s U.S. scenario you will find many shops that are able to correctly repair a damaged riveted aircraft. That is not the case with composite. In addition, the aluminum has a long history of durability. Just have a glance at the aircraft in your local airport. Most of them might be 20 years or older, yet can still fly safely.

With the correct inspections and repair we have some P68 Series aircraft that have reached total airframe times over 20,000 hours.

The P68 Series does not install difficult to find components. Starting with the Lycoming IO360 engines which are considered to be among the most reliable in the market to the wheels and brakes (Parker-Hannifin), all systems and equipment is in current production and easy to service.

Vulcanair P68 Series, the sensible aircraft for you.