Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
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Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer

In 1951 Piper introduced its Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer, basically a version of the PA-20 Pacer with tricycle landing gear that incorporated a steerable nose-wheel. It also differed from the PA-20 by having initially a 112kW Avco Lycoming O-320 flat-four engine, and introduced an interconnected aileron and rudder pedal control system,enabling the Tri-Pacer to be flown entirely by the control column without the need to have an input from the rudder pedals during turns. This system was easily disconnected, however, to permit independent use of the ailerons, elevator and rudder. The Tri-Pacer proved a very popular model, and late series aircraft were powered by the slightly more powerful O-320-B engine. When production ended in the early 1960s a total of 7,668 had been built. This figure included a number of a slightly more austere version with the 112kW engine which were marketed for airport operator and flying club use under the name Piper Caribbean.

 MODELPiper PA-22
 ENGINE1 x Avco Lycoming O-320-B flat-four piston engine, 119kW
    Take-off weight907 kg2000 lb
    Empty weight503 kg1109 lb
    Wingspan8.92 m29 ft 3 in
    Length6.28 m21 ft 7 in
    Height2.54 m8 ft 4 in
    Wing area13.7 m2147.47 sq ft
    Max. speed227 km/h141 mph
    Ceiling5030 m16500 ft
    Range1054 km655 miles

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steve sevits, character22=juno.com, 10.11.2013

The Tri-Pacer (PA-22)came in four progressively different power plant versions; 125 hp, 135 hp, 150 and 160 hp. Originally with 3/8” valves the engine was changed to ˝” valves with a consequently longer 2000 hour TBO.

My Tri-Pacer is 150 hp and will burn between 8.5 and 9.5 gph depending on cruise speed. At 2450 RPM it will cruise in a no wind situation at 130 MPH.

The most popular STC is the 8 gallon additional fuel tank raising overall capacity to 40 gal usable.

When buying a used Tri-Pacer it is important to make sure it has sealed wing struts, the originals are prone to rusting out from the inside and require periodic inspection.

The Tri-Pacer is a comfortable plane to fly and very precise in landing, an experienced pilot can put it down “on the numbers” every time. The only drawback with a Tri-Pacer is the loud background noise, at cruise it can be 110 db. The best cure for this is active electronic noise canceling headsets which nearly eliminate background noise. Those sold by Headsets, Inc. are so effective that it is recommended that the electronic noise canceling feature be turned off during takeoff so the pilot can hear any possible engine irregularity.

The Tri-Pacer is a great deal of airplane for nominal money and low maintenance costs.

David Dahlke, david.dahlke=hargray.com, 13.06.2013

I learned to fly at age 16 in a Colt. 9.00 hour solo, 12.00 dual in the sixties. This was at Wagonwheel airport in Temperance Michigan. You learned to be near the runway when you pulled power.

Robert Haight, bobhaight7=aol.com, 07.03.2013

Sorry see correct email address.

Robert Haight, bobhaight7=aol.com, 07.03.2013

I bought Piper Tri-pacer about 1963 in Hudsonville, MI. the call letters were N5717D and the color was red and white. What a great airplane I bought it for $3600. flew it for over 150 hours in the Flint, MI area and sold it a year two later for about what I paid. I sure would lkie to know if anyone knows anything about this plane Thanks. Many great memoreies

Graeme Alexander, sherralex=yohoo.com, 24.11.2012

I purchased a piper colt in Auckland in 1967 ZK -CEG don!t know what happened to her,, doe!s any one know

Jeff Eckel, aireckel=yahoo.com, 20.10.2012

I bought my 1957 Tripacer 150 4 years ago and learnt to fly in it. Once you learn to fly to the strip because of the sink rate you will love this bird. 8536D located in Ottawa Oh.

Bob, bobhaight7=aol.com, 09.05.2012

I belonged to a glider club in 1964 in Saginaw,MI. Got the bug to fly and started lessons in a Piper Cub in Owosso, MI. Then bought a Tri-Pacer, Reg. N5717D,150HP the same year, in Hudsonville, MI for 3500.00. In a little over a year I flew more than 150 hours and sold it for the same amount. I loved that plane. Then joined a club that had a MOooney Executive, WOW! Wondering does anyone know if my old Tri-pacer (great memories) is still flying or anything about it's history.

Ralph DeGroodt, rsdegroodt=verizon.net, 15.03.2012

I own N6043D Which I helped tp convertback to a Tail dragger in the late 1990's. The conversion is now 12 years old and still flys like a dream. The plane won two awards at Oshkosh in 2000 and 2001 as best custom conversion. Called the Purple Pacer, quite a striking plane any place she goes.

Bruce Bair, 4fansoffreedom=gmail.com, 14.02.2012

I enjoy flying PA22-160 N9410D out of western PA. Empty weight with the full Skycraft STC is 1220 lbs, leaving 556lbs with full tanks. 160hp and Crosswind wingtips, she's no stranger to unimproved fields. Contrary to legend, slips are normal due the tendency to float. Cross-countries are planned at 8.5gph and 120mph for 3:40hr. Relaxed & comfy. Love it!

Nicholas Mackintosh, nickymackintosh1=gmail.com, 07.01.2012

I am very interested in purchasing a PA22. I fly out of Elstree at the moment. If anyone is interested in selling please contact me by email.



Eric Marsh, emarsh=mac.com, 17.12.2011

I own a 1958 Tripacer 160. She's a nice bird and is enjoyable to fly.

chris gosling, chrisgoose=hotmail.com, 19.10.2011

I owned a 1957 milk stool for much of the seventies over three hundred very pleasurable hours , and a couple of white knuckle ones -- charlie golf golf zulu oscar - If any one comes accross her , I 'd love to hear where she is .

Ted Savard, Tsa2032896=aol.com, 07.10.2011

Back in the early 1960's I owned a Piper TriPacer N2399P (1955 or 1956)that was a mighty fine little airplane. I was flying the Boe
ing B-47 at Pease AFB when I got it and we were soon transfered to Columbus, Ohio (Lockbourne AFB) and kept the TriPacer at a small airport south of Columbus (South Columbus Airport)on Williams Road. I sold it soon after arriving at my new assignment since I had little time to fly it being busy at my assignment with the 317 th Tactical Airlift Wing flying the C-130-A. Just wanted to know if it is still flying, or any other information concerning the airplane. Thanks, Ted Savard, Abilene, Texas

LIDERMAN ALMEIDA, lider_almeida1964=yahoo.es, 28.07.2011


LIDERMAN ALMEIDA, lider_almeida1964=yahoo.es, 28.07.2011


Bob Thomas, portairbobs=charter.net, 05.07.2011

I am looking for a STC or other basis to install a lyc o-320 in my PA22- 125 TRIPACER. hELP APPRECIATED.

Ted Fields, tbird30=ptsi.net, 09.06.2011

Hi Ron, I have abrand new 1962 PA22 108 Colt with 35 hrs Since total rebuild. I will give the specifications for the Colt.
PA 22 108 Engine 0 235-CIB 108 HP. Cruise at 108 MPH.
Take Off Weight 1650
Empty Weight 1096
Wing Span 29' 3 1/2"
Length 20' 1 7/8"
Height 7' 4 1/4"
Wing aera 147' 47"

Max Speed 120 MPH
Celing 14,000 FT

Robert C Harold, rharold5=comcast.net, 06.06.2011

I owned 5788D a 1957 Tri-Pacer ftom 1963 to 1983. Paid $4900 and sold it for 4250 because of hail da It was metalized in 1967 by Skycraft Design in East Trenton, NJ, adding 18lbs to the empty weight. For less than $1600 including paint. Those wer the days, $.38 for 80 octane most those years. I was lucky.

Bob Freidt, bfreidt=sbcglobal.net, 17.05.2011

I owned a 1956 PA22 Piper Tripacer N4547A from 1988 to 1990 i was based at Hazen, North Dakota. it was a great little bird! does anyone know if its still flying? and might it be for sale? My Son was 8 yrs old and has fond memories about it he would like to own it if possible. I would like to hear anything you know about it.
Bob 661 978 0722

Don Bates, dbates1=gt.rr.com, 11.03.2011

Wondering where PA-22 8449 Delta is and if she is still flying? I had her for a few months, then traded for another.

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