Like a rock star of a certain age going back on the arena circuit, rumors of the return of the light twin formerly known as Partenavia—now the Vulcanair—have echoed around the domestic GA world for the better part of a decade. The Italian aircraft was a minor hit in the States back in the early ’90s, with its clear-nosed P68 Observer model favored by wildlife, law enforcement and other agencies for its utility and economy of operation. Then, it disappeared. Fans of the era hailed it as a multi-talented performer capable of taking on roles as a bush plane, cargo carrier, trainer, even executive transport. But that was more than 20 years ago. If a comeback materialized, would the Vulcanair still have what it takes to make it in the U.S. market?
A Star Returns
Word came just before this year’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In that the P68 would relaunch in America at the event, and Plane & Pilot was invited to meet the enduring star during its reintroduction.