Fantastic news is spreading in the aviation world about an aircraft that will revolutionize the four-seat, flight training and owner-flown, entry-level markets. There are already major buys confirmed to bring this aircraft into the flight-training market.
This aircraft does not have spectacular performance specs. It is not faster than a speeding bullet or have 200 pounds more useful load than other aircraft in its competitive set. What it does have is a price that’s significantly lower.
Meet the Vulcanair V1.0, with a price of ($250,000) F.A.F. Naples or $259,000 delivered in the US (subject to change). This is not an aircraft that has been stripped of features it has a full IFR avionics package featuring the Garmin G500 PFD/MFD. It is EASA-certified, with FAA certification expected later this year. Deliveries have begun in Europe, and those in Asia are scheduled for the near future. US deliveries are expected before the end of the year. The order book is filling rapidly, with the next delivery dates slated to be in December 2017.
This V1.0 has enormous potential in Europe as a lower-cost, but high-value, contender in the aero club and flight-training markets, as well as a very capable glider-towing aircraft. In the US, the V1.0 will be that entry-level aircraft that everyone is looking for. Further, it’s positioned as the aircraft that Part 141 flight schools, colleges and universities with aviation programs need to economically train tens of thousands of professional pilots.
The conditions in the US market demand that there be an answer to fill the need for an aircraft at the V1.0 price. Right now, to find a similarly equipped aircraft with comparable features under $260,000, one would need to consider 10-year-old options, of which there are very few available, many requiring an imminent engine overhaul.
The V1.0 was designed and is being manufactured by Vulcanair, a well-known and highly regarded European aircraft manufacturer. Vulcanair has produced more than 500 EASA and FAA-certified, single and twin engine, piston- and turbine-powered aircraft with many millions of flight hours. The company has been financially stable since its inception in 1996.
Full Suite Of Features
Rugged, designed and manufactured by the producer of the robust, multi-role P68 twin-engine aircraft, the V1.0 is built tough to hold up for decades in aero club and flight school environments, with high utilization by low-time pilots.
The V1.0’s structure is a combination of welded steel tubes arranged in an articulate reticular fashion (main cabin) coupled with a riveted aluminum wing, tailcone and empennage sections. This arrangement ensures a strong protective cabin and a lightweight structure altogether. The V1.0 is also one of the easiest aircraft in the market to maintain and repair. It’s in line with
Vulcanair's design philosophy: the quest for durability, safety and exceptional value. Value is a fundamental goal. Excellent aircraft performance, modern Garmin avionics and an exceptionally low acquisition cost in its competitive set make the V1.0 a serious alternative in today’s single-engine piston-aircraft market.
The V1.0 is powered by the 180hp Lycoming IO-360-M1A, capable of running with AvGas or with lower-cost alternative fuels.
The standard avionics package features a Garmin G500, simultaneous PDF/MFD in a split screen coupled with a state-of-the-art GTN650 WAAS GPS/Nav/Comm touchscreen-enabled unit a GMA350 Audio Panel, a GTX33 Mode S Transponder, one
GNC255 Nav/Comm, one GDU620 AHRS, Jeppesen NavData and a JPI digital engine monitoring system. Mid Continent's latest digital back-up digital instrument (SAM) is offered standard in the aircraft package. ADSB-In and Out, for the US version, is also included. Additional avionics options are available.
V1.0's cockpit, featuring a Garmin G500 coupled with a GTN650 unit and a JPI digital engine monitoring system
The pilot of a V1.0 will approach the aircraft with a smile; it is as if the aircraft smiles back with the slight grin defined by the shape of its engine cowling ducts. The aircraft stands tall on its wheels. A person slightly over six feet can comfortably go around the aircraft and under the wing for pre-flight.
The pilot climbs easily into the aircraft, thanks to a tubular step near the door. The composite doors close firmly with a solid sound. Both the pilot and passengers will love the solid look of the cabin.
The aircraft cockpit has been designed to keep all instruments, controls and switches in an ergonomic position for the pilot with comfort, safety and convenience in mind.
The aircraft cabin is extremely functional with four seats and three passenger doors, two for the front seats and one for the rear seats, and a separate luggage door and compartment with a capacity of 88lbs.
The engine starts very easily. The legendary dependable, and some would say, bulletproof, Lycoming 180hp engine powers the aircraft. During take-off, the aircraft has quick acceleration, and rotation seems instantaneous at 65 KIAS. Using best rate-of-climb speed (Vy) of 80 KIAS, the aircraft climbs at over 900 f/m.
The high wing configuration provides excellent visibility, and one feels comfortable in this classic looking aircraft. The speed is amazing for such a design, and the aircraft easily meets or exceeds the published cruise speed of 130 KTAS @75% using 11 USG/hr. This is due to the compact wingspan. In turn, it is nearly impossible to stall the aircraft inadvertently.
With wings level the behavior, both power on and power off, is totally benign. When it is time to land, using full flaps, even at maximum take-off weight, the stall speed is only 49 KIAS…nothing to worry about, a very docile speed.
Finally, the V1.0 is a utility category aircraft that further expands the V1.0’s ambitions.
V1.0's structure is a combination of welded steel tubes
Performance and Specs
Engine 180hp Lycoming IO-360-M1A
Max Take-off Weight 2,546lbs.
Basic Empty Weight 1,627lbs.
Maximum Useful Load 919lbs.
Usable Fuel Capacity 50gals.
Maximum Seating Capacity 4
Max Luggage Weight 88lbs.
Cruise Speed @ 75%, ISA, 6000ft 130 KTAS
Range (45-min reserve, 45% power, 10,000ft) 591nm
Rate of Climb at Sea Level 900ft./min.
Service Ceiling 14,700ft.
Take-off Distance to 50ft 1,608ft.
Landing Distance (over 50ft obstacle) 1,575ft.
External Wingspan 32ft. 10ft.
Overall length 23ft. 9in.
Overall height 9ft. 1in