PBA Fleet: Piper Apache / Aztec

The Piper PA-23, named Apache and later Aztec, is a four-to-six-seat twin-engined light aircraft aimed at the general aviation market. The United States Navy and military forces in other countries also used it in small numbers. Originally designed in the 1950s by the Stinson Aircraft Company, Piper Aircraft manufactured the Apache and a more powerful version, the Aztec, in the United States from the 1950s to the 1980s.

General Characteristics (PA-23-250F)

Crew: 1
Capacity: 6 passengers
Length: 31 ft 2¾ in / 9.519 m
Wingstrong: 37 ft 2½ in / 11.341 m
Height: 10 ft 4 in / 3.15 m
Wing area: 207.56 sq ft / 19.283 m²
Aspect ratio: 6.8:1
Airfoil: USA 35B (modified)
Operating Empty weight (OEW): 3,180 lb / 1,442 kg
Max takeoff weight (MTOW): 5,200 lb / 2,359 kg
Fuel capacity: 140 US gal / 120 imp gal / 530 L usable fuel (normal), optional extra tanks with 40 US gal/ (33 imp gal / 150 L

Performance (PA-23-250F)

Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming IO-540-C4B5 normally aspirated air-cooled flat-six piston engines, 250 hp / 190 kW each
Propellers: 2-bladed Hartzell HC-E2YK-2RB constant-speed propellers
Maximum speed: 215 mph / 346 km/h / 187 kts
Cruise speed: 172 mph / 277 km/h / 149 kts at 10,200 ft / 3,100 m (long-range cruise)
Stall speed: 68 mph / 109 km/h / 59 kts (flaps down)
Never exceed speed: 277 mph / 446 km/h / 241 kts
Range: 1,519 mi / 2,445 km / 1,320 nmi at long-range cruise
Service ceiling: 18,950 ft / 5,780 m
Rate of climb: 1,400 ft/min / 7.1 m/s
Takeoff distance to 50 ft / 15 m: 1,695 ft / 517 m
Landing distance from 50 ft /15 m: 1,695 ft / 517 m

Three-View Drawing (PA-23-160 Apache G)

Three-View Drawing (PA-23-250 Aztec D)

The PBA Piper Apache / Aztec Fleet

Photos of the entire fleet of Piper Apache / Aztecs are published below. Click on each of them for information and photos. Aircraft are sorted by Registration (N-Number) with prior registrations in parentheses where applicable.
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N42PB

N42PB

Piper PA-23-160 Apache G | MSN 23-1895 | N42PB

N346PB

N346PB

Pi Piper PA-23-250 Aztec D | MSN 27-4095 | N346PB

N48PB

N48PB

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec D | MSN 27-4369 | N48PB