The aircraft, PZL-130 Orlik, entered into service in 1993 and since then has become a successful turbo-prop military trainer.
Its first, version, PZL 130TC I, has proved its effectiveness and excellent safety record, responding to the requirements for a basic trainer that enables basic piloting without visibility, aerial navigation and acrobacy. The Polish Air Force counts on 30 of these aircraft.
The new version, PZL-130 TC II, designed in 2000, incorporates distinctive features from its predecessor: new wing with winglets and a more powerful powerplant with the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C and 4-bladed Hartzell. A more reliable and durable aircraft that concludes in a lower cost per hour of training for the operator.
The PZL-130 TC II entered into service 5 years ago and since then, the aircraft is evolving with different options to be fitted in order to fulfill the current and future Air Forces requirements. The PZL-130 TC II is the technical solution that will deliver on Air Forces expectations by providing a modern, and non-risk solution available to satisfy the Air Forces training needs.