April 11, 2013
By Thomas B Haines
Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo attendees got a glimpse of an updated Vulcanair twin model as it was en route from the company factory in Italy to its new owner in Brazil. The retractable gear P68R now carries a Garmin G950 panel and numerous interior and other enhancements. Earlier models included Sagem avionics.
While most Vulcanairs have fixed landing gear, the VR P68R with its retractable gear boosts cruise speeds by some 15 knots to about 170 KTAS. The six-seat utility airplane is frequently used for flight training and for special missions given its 177 gallons of fuel, giving it some 10 hours of endurance with the two 200-hp Lycoming IO-360 engines throttled back. In addition to the four-seat aft cabin, which can be arranged with forward facing or club configuration, the fuselage includes a large baggage compartment behind the cabin.
While the latest model was on its way to Brazil, U.S. dealer Orlando Sanford Aircraft Sales expects a demonstrator to be in the United States soon. List price is $965,000.
Sun n Fun,
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AOPA President Mark Baker flew four women and girls on two flights March 4 as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week activities designed to introduce more women and girls to aviation.
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.