Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec. Specifications. A photo.
Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec. Specifications. A photo.

Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec. Specifications. A photo.


Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec - American twin-engine light multipurpose aircraft, production of which was carried corporation Piper Aircraft Corporation during the period of 1952 1981 year.


Photo Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec


The development of the design of the light-engine Piper PA-23 aircraft was carried out by American aviation engineers exclusively from scratch. The main reason for this was the need to create not only a fast, powerful and inexpensive aircraft, but also an aircraft with a unique design, namely, such factors, as a rule, lead to the great popularity of the aircraft. The design of the aircraft began in the 50s of the last century, while, despite the fact that the aircraft entered mass production in 1952, it was presented to the general public only in 1954.


Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec Photo


Depending on the modification of the aircraft, as well as on the configuration of the cabin, on board the aircraft could accommodate 3 to 5 passengers, and, if the original aircraft acquired quite insignificant popularity among air carriers, later, this model has been actively used to perform regular flights neprotyazhёnnym route directions. It is no less interesting aircraft Piper PA-23 evoked also from private owners, while, as of the end of the year 2014, in particular, the use is still about 6 thousand of these aircraft.


Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec


The base model Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec is represented by the power plant, which includes two Lycoming O-320-A engines with a capacity of 150 hp. each. The low power of the aircraft engines was perfectly compensated by the low cost of the aircraft, as well as by the rather cheap maintenance. Subsequently, on the basis of this version, various modifications were created, as a result of which the power of the power plant increased to higher values. Originally it was planned to equip the aircraft with two 125 hp engines. each, however, a little later, it was decided to upgrade the aircraft, providing it with higher flight performance.


Cabin Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec


In general, small-engine aircraft Piper PA-23 had good management and high maneuverability, making it successful enough, making a very effective competition aircraft other aircraft manufacturers, including Beechcraft, Cessna, etc.

Modifications Piper PA-23-150 Apache B, Piper PA-23-150 Apache C and Piper PA-23-150 Apache D, produced with 1956, 1957 and 1958 years, respectively, have received only minor changes relating mainly to the internal arrangement of the aircraft (vidoizmen1ёnnaya dashboard, new seats for passengers and drivers, etc.).

Model Piper PA-23-160 Apache E received a more powerful (160 hp each) engines Lycoming O-320-B, increased volume of fuel tanks, as well as a modified wing geometry, in connection with which this aircraft has become more efficient in terms of performance.

Version Piper PA-23-160 Apache Gstala have lengthened fuselage, and an additional window, providing mainly the function overview. If necessary, on board this model could accommodate up to 6 people (1 5 pilot and passenger).

Model Piper PA-23-160 Apache H is a revised version of the Apache G, the main difference is the presence of a new power plant, consisting of two reciprocating engines Lycoming O-320-B2B, total capacity in 320 hp

Modification of the Piper PA-23-235 Apache 235 is a five-seater model is equipped with a powerful (235 hp each) piston aircraft engines Lycoming O-540. Built 118 aircraft of this version.

The Piper PA-23-250 Aztec model was created on the basis of the Apache G modification, with a number of technical changes, in particular, a modified fuselage, improved steering, new Lycoming O-540-A1D engines with a capacity of 250 hp. The current modification has become the most popular - during the entire production period of this light-engine aircraft, 4811 aircraft of this version left the assembly line of Piper Aircraft.

Modification of the Piper PA-23-250 Aztec B has been revised on the basis of the previous version, thus, the key change was a modified fuselage, extended luggage compartment, 6-seater interior, a modified control panel, etc.

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec C was modified chassis and new engines - if required, the aircraft can also be equipped with a turbocharged aircraft engines Lycoming TIO-540-C4B5, thus ensuring a more efficient set of height, speed and smooth, even overcoming large distances.

Modifications Piper PA-23-250 Aztec D, Piper PA-23-250 Aztec E, and Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F received a number of minor improvements, mainly the internal arrangement of the cabin and cockpit, as well as the overall design of the aircraft.

Version of small-aircraft Piper PA-23-250 Turbo-Aztec is a complete copy of the model Aztec F, but unlike it was equipped with a turbocharged engine and new avionics.

Efforts are also being hitched to create and model a pressurized cabin, in connection with which the modification was built Piper PA-41P Pressurized Aztec, however, mass production of the aircraft has not been started due to the actual lack of orders.

Model Seguin Geronimo received several modifications, in particular, on the aircraft were fitted new engines and modernized fuselage.

Among other things, the aircraft Piper PA-23 also interested and air forces of the USA, in this connection, specifically for the Air Force, were created version UO-1 and U-11A, different from the civilian models mainly by the presence of special equipment and gear.

Most produced aircraft to 1981 years and continues to operate today.


Specifications Piper PA-23 Apache \ Aztec.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 5 people (depending on version);
  • aircraft Length: 9,52 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 11,34 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 3,15 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 1442 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 918 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2360 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 278 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 446 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 2445 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 5775 m (depending on version).
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming IO-540 (depending on version);
  • Power: 2 × 250 hp (Depending on modification).


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