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Encyclopedia - PZL-Swidnik W-3 Sokol

The W-3A Sokół is a 6 ton class twin-engine multipurpose helicopter developed in the 1970s, capable of carrying up to 2 pilots and 12 passengers. It first flew in 1979 and it has proven to be a very effective, rugged and reliable helicopter in all conditions.

Highly flexible, with significant internal and external cargo capacity, W-3A can perform in a wide range of operations making it an excellent utility helicopter.

The helicopter has been type certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) under Part 29 and by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under Part 29. Featuring outstanding operational capability, the A low cost to useful load ratio and very easy maintenance operations make the W-3A particularly attractive for operators in a wide range of applications.

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PZL-Swidnik W-3 Sokol


Number Of Engines : Two
Powerplant type : PZL 10W turbine engines
Max Power Rating : 662kW (888shp)


Length, Rotors Turning : 18.79m (61ft 8in)
Height : 4.20m (13ft 9in)
Main Rotor Diameter : 15.70m (51ft 6in)
Tail Rotor Diameter : 3.03m (9ft 11in)


Empty Weight : 3,850kg (8,487lb)
Max Take-off Weight : 6,400kg (14,110lb)
Max Useful Load : 2,550kg (5,621lb)
Internal fuel load : 1,720litres (454 US Gallons)


Max Speed At Cruising Level : 127kt (235km/h; 146mph)
Maximum Range : 396nm (734km; 456mi)
Endurance : 4hrs 12min
Initial Climb Rate : 1,678ft (511m) per minute
Service Ceiling : 14,829ft (4,520m)
Hover In Ground Effect : 8,364ft (2,550m)
Hover Out Of Ground Effect : 2,165ft (660m)

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