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PIPER PA-38 Tomahawk

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Name PA-38 Tomahawk
Manufacturer PIPER
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail T-tail
WTC Light
Type code L1P
Engine Piston
Engine count Single
Position Nose mounted
Landing gear Tricycle fixed
Mass group 1

Manufacturered as:

AICSA PA-38 Tomahawk
AICSA Tomahawk
CHINCUL Tomahawk
CHINCUL PA-A-38 Tomahawk
PIPER Tomahawk
PIPER PA-38 Tomahawk

PIPER PA-38 Tomahawk

PIPER PA-38 Tomahawk PIPER PA-38 Tomahawk 3D


Light aircraft and basic trainer. In service since 1978. Two seat trainer with a T-tail. 2497 aircraft were built between 1978 and 1983.

Technical Data

Wing span 10.4 m34.121 ft
Length 7 m22.966 ft
Height 2.8 m9.186 ft
Powerplant 1 x 112 HP Avco Lycoming O-235-L2A or L2C piston engine with two blade propeller.
Engine model Lycoming O-235

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 108 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 450 m ROC 750 ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 450 m
MTOW 800800 kg
0.8 tonnes
Ceiling FL130 ROD ft/min APC A
WTC L Range 480480 nm
888,960 m
888.96 km
2,916,535.435 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving PA38

  • B463 / PA38 Birmingham UK, 1999 (On 28 April 1999, a BAe 146-300 departing Birmingham began its daylight take off from Runway 33 without ATC clearance just prior to the touchdown of a PA38 on the intersecting runway 06. Collision was very narrowly avoided after the Controller intervened and the BAe 146 rejected its take off, just missing the PA38 which had stopped just off the runway 33 centreline. The Investigation noted the 146 pilots belief that a take off clearance had been issued but also that no attempt appeared to have been made to read it back or confirm it with the First Officer.)