Allstar SZD-54 Perkoz

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SZD-54 Perkoz
Szybowiec SZ-54 Perkoz nad Tatrami.jpg
SZD-54 Perkoz in front of the Tatra Mountains
Role Glider
National origin Poland
Manufacturer Allstar PZL Glider
Status In production (2011)
Produced 2011-present

The Allstar SZD-54 Perkoz (English: Grebe) is a Polish two-seat, glider, designed and produced by Allstar PZL Glider of Bielsko-Biała.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The SZD-54 was designed in 1991, but company and political upheaval in Poland resulted in the glider not being put into production until 2011.[1]

The aircraft is type certified to European Aviation Safety Agency CS22 standards. It features a cantilever mid-wing, a two-seats-in-tandem enclosed cockpit under a large bubble canopy and fixed monowheel gear with a small nosewheel and a tail caster.[1]

The aircraft is made predominantly from fibreglass. Its 20 m (65.6 ft) span wing has an area of 17.82 m2 (191.8 sq ft) and mounts air brakes, as well as winglets. Optional wing tips are available for 17.5 m (57.4 ft) with winglets in the utility category and without winglets for aerobatics. All controls are automatically connected upon assembly. Despite its fixed landing gear, the SZD-54 has a best glide ratio of 42:1 with the 20 m (65.6 ft) span wing.[1]

The SZD-54 has a design airframe life of 15,000 flight hours, but is approved for 3,000 hours and comes from the factory with a two-year warranty.[2]

Operational history[edit]

By November 2012 two examples had been registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration.[3]

In December 2017, the Colombian Air Force had received two SZD-54-2 gliders for training purposes.[4]

Specifications (SZD-54-2, 20 m configuration)[edit]

SZD-54 Perkoz

Data from Bayerl and Allstar[1][5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 8.25 m (27 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 17.82 m2 (191.8 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 24.75:1
  • Empty weight: 379 kg (836 lb)
  • Gross weight: 600 kg (1,323 lb)


  • Stall speed: 62 km/h (39 mph, 33 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 240 km/h (150 mph, 130 kn)
  • g limits: +5.3/-2.65
  • Maximum glide ratio: 42:1 at 102 km/h (63 mph)
  • Rate of sink: 0.58 m/s (114 ft/min) at 78 km/h (48 mph)
  • Wing loading: 33.7 kg/m2 (6.9 lb/sq ft)

See also[edit]

Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d e Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 150. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ Allstar PZL Glider Sp. z o.o. (n.d.). "SZD-54 Perkoz". Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (13 December 2012). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  4. ^ Sanchez, Alejandro (20 December 2017). "Colombian Air Force receives new training aircraft". IHS Jane's 360. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  5. ^ Allstar PZL Glider Sp. z o.o. (n.d.). "Allstar SZD-54 Perkoz" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2012.

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