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Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser

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Piper discovered that it was beginning to lose sales to the lightweight four-seaters being marketed by its competitors. In an attempt to provide an aircraft of four-seat capacity without a resulting large price increase, the company revised the fuselage of the PA-12 to give additional width for four seats and installed an Avco Lycoming O-235-C1 engine.

Produced from May 1948, the PA-14 had the 115 hp and slotted flaps. Although the resulting PA-14 Family Cruiser was offered at a keen price it failed to gain any real interest, and when production ended during September 1949 a total of only 238 had been built.

Replica:
Wag-Aero Sportsman 2+2

Engine: Lycoming O-235-C1, 86kW / 115 hp @ 2800 rpm
Gross weight Normal: 1850 lb
Gross weight utility: 1550 lb
Empty weight: 1020 lb
Wingspan: 35 ft 6 in / 10.82 m
Wing area: 179.3 sq.ft / 16.66 sq.m
Length:  23 ft 3 in / 7.06 m
Height: 77 in / 1.96 m
Prop diameter: 74 in
Power loading: 17.1 lb/hp
Wing loading: 10.3 lb/sq.ft
Baggage capacity: 80 lb
Fuel capacity: 38 USG
Tire pressure: 18 lb/sq.in
Max speed: 123 mph / 198 km/h
Cruise: 110 mph
Stall: 46 mph
Rate of climb: 600 fpm
Service ceiling: 12,500 ft
Absolute ceiling: 14,500 ft
Cruise range: 500 sm / 805 km
Fuel burn: 7 USG/hr
Seats: 4

 

 


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