PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol is a multi-purpose, twin engine helicopter, built by PZL-Swidnik (now AgustaWestland Swidnik) in Poland. The helicopter was primarily built for the Polish military but has been more recently used for fire-fighting. Sokol is the Polish word for Falcon. The helicopter can be fitted with an external cargo hook that can also carry a Bambi bucket and as a rescue hoist.

Missions: Search and Rescue, EMS, medevac and fire-fighting

First Flight: 16 November 1979

World fleet: over 150 (all variants)

Category: Twin-engine


Maximum speed (Vne):  260 kmh

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 238 kmh / 129 kts / 148 mph

Maximum range: 745 kms / 402  nm / 463 miles


Maximum take-off gross weight: 6,400 kg / 14,110 lbs

Empty weight:  3,850 kg / 8,488 lbs

Payload: 2,100 kg / 4,630 lbs

Useful Load:  2,550 kg / 5,621 lbs

Passengers (crew): 14 (2) or 4 stretchers with one attendant

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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