Vulcanair P68TC (Partenavia P68)

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  1. JuggyJet

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    I am interested in Vulcanair P68TC. And, I don’t know much about the brand or the type. I would like to hear how they are to fly, maintenance, parts availability, ownership this and that, and pros and cons. I would appreciate if any of you can educate me on this airplane. Thank you.
     
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    Take a hard look at the type of engines used. I believe they're rare an only used on one or two types of aircraft.
     
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    The older ones had Lyc. TO360-C6A1D engines, which to the best of my knowledge were used for n the Partenavias and the Commander 112TC. That means parts are not as common as some.

    I think the newer Partenavias use a TIO360-C1A6D, which to my knowledge is only used on that plane.

    I had a Commander 112TC and generally could get parts, though occasionally it took longer than one might expect.

    I do not believe that it's a standard IO360 version engine.
     
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    You might contact Fresh Air Aviation, out of Charleviox Michigan. They have at least 2 that are used fly to Beaver Island with regular scheduled service.

    https://www.freshairaviation.net/
     
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    ^^^This

    The turbocharged, carbureted Lycoming is a bit of an unusual engine. Good friend of mine had a Commander 112TC. Needed a cylinder and discovered they are unique to that engine. Available from Lycoming but they said they had to make one for him. Mucho $$$$ and a 6 month wait. Had nothing but compliments for the Commander type club who located one for him that another member had surplus.

    A bit later he had his head turned by a really nice '66 Mooney M20E. His wife, who loved the spacious, comfortable Commander, now won't fly with him. Oops. :oops:
     
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    Have you considered the Tecnam p2006? Sort of a similar concept to the Vulcanair, but with parts and service support.
     
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    Thank you everyone for your kind input. It just does not sound that good already. Plus, the seller I just had a conversation with sounded like an idiot. My dream airplane is an American built high wing twin with turbo charged engines that fits in a standard sized hangar. And, there is no such thing. So, I took a look at these P68TCs... Tecnam P2006 looks very nice, but it is too under powered for me. I am just too comfortable with my Seneca.
     
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    I love P68s - beautiful a/c to fly, very easy going, nice t/l, not fast, though (130 cruise). It does take 5 passengers and a fair bit of fuel comfortably. I would fly it any time, while Tecnam, IMHO, is an expensive 172....
     
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    And then there is the one that the wings came off during an airshow routine.
     
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    I could have lived a long happy life never having watched that.
     
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    I would fly it anytime, too. But, to own? I already don’t feel good about it.
     
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    Okay, so I looked into it (Tecnam P2006). I like the airplane a lot. But, two issues concern me. Their website provides very little info, mostly showing “coming soon!”. One, I cannot even get dealership info on their site. Brochure? Nope. It’s not like they are new in the market. It makes me wonder about customer support (tech, service, parts, etc). The other issue is the 100 hp engines. Some of you discussed that the 915 with turbo may become an option (in a separate thread). That would be comforting.