Piper Colt PA-22-108

 

Two photos of Colts. The one on the left is a 1961 Piper Colt at the former Russell Airport (CPH4), Ontario Canada. The other is of two Colts from Ohio at a Short Wing Piper Club Convention in Florida in 2000.

The Piper Colt is a two seat, side by side seating, light aircraft produced by the Piper Aircraft from 1960 to 1963. It is one of the series of "short wing" Pipers produced from 1948 to 1963. The "short wing" series includes the Vagabond PA-15 and PA-17, the Clipper PA-16, the Pacer PA-20, the TriPacer PA-22-125 to -160 and finally the Colt PA-22-108. The Colt shares a similar apperance to the Tri Pacer, but has a smaller engine 2 fewer seats. It also lacks flaps. For details on the Short Wing Aircraft check at the Short Wing Piper Club's website.

Colts are certified under the FAA Type Data Certificate 1A6 which applies to all PA-22 Tri Pacers and Colts.

Colts are usually powered by a Lycoming O-235 engine producing 108 Horsepower, but ours is being converted, via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), to a 160 HP Lycoming O-320-B2B engine like the later Tripacers had.

When compared with other side by side two seater aircraft the Colt carries a large load over a greater distance. For example, likely the most popular trainer, the Cessna 150, has a useful load of about 370 lbs with full 26 US gallons or fuel. Most Colts will carry more than 400 lbs with full 36 gallons of fuel. Both aircraft burn just over 6 Gallons per hour giving the Colt an advantage both in range and load carrying. As well the Colt will carry 100 lbs of baggage compared to the Cessna's 50 lbs or so in the baggage area.

All Short Wing Pipers were rag and tube construction. That is, they had a steal tubing structure covered with fabric, originally cotton or linen, but today dacron. This type of construction is light, strong and easily repaired in the field. Unfortunately the tube structer is often outlived by modern man made dacron fabric coverings. This necessitates removing the fabric occasionally to ensure the steal structure has not suffered significant corrosion.