Piper PA-38 Tomahawk. Specifications. A photo
Piper PA-38 Tomahawk. Specifications. A photo

Piper PA-38 Tomahawk. Specifications. A photo


Piper PA-38 Tomahawk - Double light-engine aircraft manufactured by Piper Aircraft Corporation with 1978 1982 of the year.


Photo Piper PA-38 Tomahawk


Light aircraft engine development began in Piper Aircraft corporation in the middle of 70-ies of the last century, with the main approach to aircraft design being the need to create a project that would meet several requirements at once, namely, it could be operated by private owners, be suitable for training Flights, as well as operated in the tourism industry. In the final analysis, the new light-engine aircraft, just over 4 year of production, became very popular - during the period from 1978 to 1982, 2484 aircraft were built, of which, according to the end of 2014, 2146 aircraft are in operation.


Piper PA-38 Tomahawk photo


The main factor in the design of small-engine aircraft Piper PA-38 Tomahawk is a compact design, in connection with which the aircraft is light enough and can make takeoff and landing in small areas especially unprepared for the reception aircraft.

On board the light-engine Piper PA-38 Tomahawk aircraft could accommodate only two people - one pilot and one passenger, which ultimately did not allow the aircraft to enter the commercial market for operating these aircraft, however, on the other hand, given the fact, that the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk was not designed for these purposes, the model can be fully considered successful.


Cabin Piper PA-38 Tomahawk


Due to the use of a low-power engine, and the power plant of the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk is represented by a piston 4-cylinder Avco Lycoming O-235-L2C engine (112 hp), small size and a limited number of passengers, the aircraft was very efficient in terms of operation, since fuel consumption was minimal. Thanks to all these factors, the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk successfully surpassed its competitors and conquered the light aircraft market for some time.

Among other things, the aircraft Piper PA-38 Tomahawk is recognized as one of the safest light-engine aircraft in history, which also played an important role in the promotion of the aircraft on the world market, and if the original emergency situations arise, subsequently, by optimizing the design of this aircraft , they managed to minimize.

To a greater extent today, these planes are privately owned, but some smaller airlines are using them to carry out survey flights. In addition, the aircraft is suitable for the implementation of pilot training, and mostly it contributes to the paired control, and the presence on the dashboard extremely basic units, which in turn does not require the possession of a number of special pilot skills.


Specifications Piper PA-38 Tomahawk.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 1 people;
  • aircraft Length: 7,04 m .;
  • Wingspan: 10,36 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,76 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 512 kg .;
  • Payload: 245 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 757 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 185 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 256 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 867 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4000 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Avco Lycoming O-235-L2C;
  • Power: 112 hp


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