|First flight||24 October 1984|
|Primary user||Polish Air Force|
|Number built||50 + 9 prototypes|
Development and design
The Orlik was designed by PZL Warszawa-Okecie as a trainer for the Polish Air Force, intended as a replacement for its PZL-110 Kolibers. It was also designed to meet the American FAR 23 standard. The project was under the supervision of Andrzej Frydrychewicz, head engineer of PZL Warszawa-Okecie. It was fitted with a low-aspect ratio wing to better simulate the handling characteristics of jet fighters. The aircraft was designed to be powered by a Soviet-designed and built Vedeneyev M14Pm radial engine with the intention of replacing it by a modified Polish built Ivchenko AI-14 engine in production aircraft. The first prototype Orlik flew on 12 October 1984, with a second prototype following in December and a third in January 1985.
While the Polish Air Force planned to power its Orliks with locally produced radial engines, PZL planned a turboprop powered version, the PZL-130T Turbo Orlik for export purposes. The third prototype was therefore re-fitted with a 410 kW (550 shp) Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25P turboprop, flying in this form on 13 July 1986, but was destroyed in a crash in January 1987 while being demonstrated to a representative of the Colombian Air Force. Two further turboprop prototypes followed in 1989 and 1990, powered by a Czech-built 560 kW (750 shp) Walter M-601E and a PT6A-25 as the PZL-130TB and PZL-130TP respectively.
In 1990, development of the piston-engined Orlik was abandoned, as the Polish built radial engines gave insufficient power, with Polish interest switching to the M-601 powered PZL-130TB.
Deliveries of PZL-130TBs to the Polish started in 1994, with the aircraft equipping the Military Pilot Academy at Dęblin and the 60th Training Air Regiment at Radom. All of Poland's PZL-130TBs were upgraded to TC-1 standard, with better ejection seats and avionics.
- PZL-130 Orlik
- The original aircraft with one Vedeneyev M14Pm piston engine
- PZL-130T Turbo Orlik
- Variant with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25P turboprop engine
- PZL-130TM Orlik
- Variant with a Walter M601E turboprop engine
- PZL-130TB Orlik
- Variant with a Walter M601T turboprop engine
- PZL-130TC I Orlik
- Variant with added Martin-Baker Mk.11, zero-zero class ejection seats and modernized avionics
- PZL-130TC II Orlik
- Variant with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C turboprop, added winglets, modernized avionics and changed tutor's seat position
- PZL-130TC III Orlik
- Variant with modernized avionics (for example: added Head-Up Display)
Specifications (PZL-130TC II Orlik)
- Crew: 2: student, instructor
- Length: 9.30 m ()
- Wingspan: 10.00 m ()
- Height: 3.53 m ()
- Wing area: 14.56 m² ()
- Empty weight: 1,825 kg ()
- Loaded weight: 2,400 kg ()
- Max. takeoff weight: 2,950 kg ()
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C turboprop, 750 hp ()
- Hardpoints: 6 under-wing pylons with a capacity of 700 kg
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- Lambert, Mark. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1993-94. Coulsdon, UK:Jane's Data Division, 1993. ISBN 0-7106-1066-1.
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- Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1988-89. Coulsdon, UK:Jane's Defence Data, 1988. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5.
- Taylor, Michael J.H. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000. London: Brassey's, 1999. ISBN 1-85753-245-7.
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