Socata GY-80 Horizon. Specifications. Photo.
Socata GY-80 Horizon. Specifications. Photo.

Socata GY-80 Horizon. Specifications. Photo.


Socata GY-80 Horizon - French four-light-engine aircraft produced since 1960 years as a multi-purpose aircraft.


Photo Socata GY-80 Horizon


Despite the fact that the French small aircraft are not so well known around the world, small-engine aircraft Socata GY-80 Horizon has really become a very popular model, which continues to operate in the present.

The first development aircraft Socata GY-80 Horizon began in 1958 year and during the design of this small-engine aircraft, its design changed repeatedly. His first flight of the aircraft performed July 21 1960 years, and almost immediately after that went into production.


Socata GY-80 Horizon Photo


The power plant of the aircraft Socata GY-80 Horizon represented by a single piston aircraft engine four-cylinder Lycoming O-360-A capacity 180 hp, which allows it to accelerate to the aircraft speed 250 km \ h (the maximum speed of flight), and easily overcome distance to 1250 kilometers.

On board the aircraft Socata GY-80 Horizon can accommodate up to four people, including also a pilot, however, in most cases, the aircraft is not popular with airlines, which in other matters did not stop him to impress private owners - of 9 years of production, with 1960 1969 of the year it was built 267 aircraft of this model.


Cabin Socata GY-80 Horizon


The system chassis aircraft Socata GY-80 Horizon is a sliding design that greatly reduces the drag of the aircraft during flight, thus allowing not only to accelerate to high speeds of flight, but also greatly save fuel.

Fuselage Socata GY-80 Horizon has a fairly strong resemblance to the aircraft of other well-known throughout the world aircraft manufacturers, in particular, this includes the Cessna and Piper, however, thanks to more efficient flight performance as well as improved handling and maneuverability, the aircraft did not actually like them.

In addition to passenger traffic, the light-engine planes can be used for cargo transportation - on board the aircraft can take the order 450 kilogram payload (including the weight of the pilot), which is suitable for the majority of overall freight transport. In addition, the aircraft is operated, and to perform observation flights, and was originally intended to use it in the French Air Force, but later it was decided to exploit the other aircraft.

Most of the built aircraft Socata GY-80 Horizon today is in France, in private ownership, but isolated instances are found in the majority of European countries, such as Germany, UK, Italy, etc.


Specifications Socata GY-80 Horizon.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 3 person;
  • aircraft Length: 6,64 m .;
  • Wingspan: 9,7 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,6 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 625 kg .;
  • Payload: 525 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1150 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 245 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 250 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 1250 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4700 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming O-360-A;
  • Power: 180 hp


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