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Piper PA 23-250 Aztec

By the end of the 1960’s it was clear that the market wanted something bigger and faster out of Piper and Piper wanted something that could compete in passenger and baggage space as well as performance…

Thus was born the Aztec, with six-cylinder, 250-horsepower Lycoming O-540 engines replacing the Apache’s four-jug, 160-hp O-320 mills (early models had 150-hp engines), and a stabilator, borrowed from the Comanche, in place of the Apache’s horizontal stabilizer and elevator…

Piper Pa23 Apache Aztec performance and specifications

The Aztec, is Piper’s most respected twin of all. The PA-23-250 Aztec is a true six-seater which was derived from the PA-23 Apache but with larger engines and a bigger tailplane, an all-moving stabilator replacing the Apache’s conventional fixed surface/elevators….

With 2 x 250hp replacing 2 x 160hp, the Aztec addressed all the underpowered Apache’s shortcomings; speed, payload and more… In fact, the Aztec was so successful that Piper considered building a ‘Super Aztec’ with eight-cylinder IO-570 engines producing 390hp per side, until they turned to a completely new design, the PA-31 Navajo…


The load carrying ability of the Aztec had always been one of its selling points and it was remarkable. You could fill the tanks, seats with 170-pound people, baggage compartments and still not reach the maximum certificated takeoff weight of 5,200 pounds…



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