The fully aerobatic PZL-130 Orlik was constructed by the Polish producer PLZ Warszawa-Okęcie in the 1980ies and is used by the Polish Air Force as a universal trainer plane. As such, it can be compared with the PC-7. Yet, unlike the internationally exported PC-7, the Orlik (which translates as "eagle") is only used for domestic missions.
As one of only a few aircraft worldwide, however, it has the honour to give its name to an aerobatic display team: Team Orlik, the official aerobatics squadron of the Polish Air Force, and their eight PZL-130 are welcome guests at airshows and can also be seen on Friday at AIRPOWER16.
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||PZL Warszawa-Okecie (since 2001 EADS-CASA)|
|Max. speed||480 km/h|
|Service ceiling||8.534 m / 28.000 ft|
|Max. take-off weight||2,950 kg|
|Power plant||1x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C turboprop|