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Our Aircraft

Our Aircraft

The Piper PA-23, named Apache and later Aztec, is a six-seat twin-engine light aircraft aimed at the general aviation market. The Aztec probably ranks as one of the most docile of the conventional low-wing light twins. While its maximum and cruise speeds compare favourably with the swiftest competitor, the short, thick wing permits slow and safe airspeeds. This means excellent short-field capabilities for critical situations. The Aztec can clear the equivalent of a five-story building in just 1,700 feet from brake release take off. The normally aspirated Aztec’s 75-percent best power cruise is 206 mph with a range of 1,134 miles and 45-minute reserve.  Tip Tanks stretch that range to 1,519 miles. Our plane is also equipped with a 6 man life raft on board.


Aztec PA-23-F (Tip Tanks) Technical Specifications


Exterior Height: 10 ft 4 in
Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in
Length: 31 ft 3 in


Max Range: 1320 nm
Service Ceiling: 18,950 ft


Crew: 1
Passengers: 5

Operating Weights

Max T/O Weight: 5200 lbs.
Empty Weight: 3180 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 177 gals.
Max Payload: 1600 lbs.


Balanced Field Length: 1190 ft
Landing Distance: 951 ft


Rate of Climb: 1400 fpm
Climb Rate One Engine Inop: 225 fpm
Max Speed: 240 knots 
Normal Cruise: 187 knots
Economy Cruise: 150 knots

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