The Piper PA-22-108 Colt is a single engine, two-seat high-wing light
utility aircraft. The Piper PA-22-108 Colt has a fabric-covered
all-metal airfrane and is powered by a 108 h.p. Lycoming O-235-C1B
four-cilinder air-cooled engine. The Piper PA-22-108 Colt variant
of the Piper PA-22 was not really planned, but in the early 1960s the
Piper PA-28 Cherokee was falling behind in production and Piper Aircraft Inc.
needed an interim two-place training aircraft that could be assembled quickly and cheaply. This need
created the Colt, which could be viewed as a flapless, two-seat version
of the Tri-Pacer or a modernized, tricycle-gear Clipper. In addition to deleting the Tri-Pacer’s
flaps, the Colt was produced sans rear windows, the second wing tank,
and the rear door. Based on the original type certificate of the Model
PA-22 approved on 20 September 1950, the revision on the type
certificate for Model PA-22-108 was approved on 21 October 1960. The
PA-22-108 Colt entered production in 1961 and bears a close resemblance to the
earlier PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer and does employ many Tri-Pacer components, including the undercarriage,
engine mounts, windshield, door, tail surfaces, struts, seats and instrument panel. The Colt was
intended largely for club and school use. The Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
itselfs was a further development of the Piper PA-20 Pacer and
introduced in 1951. Next to the standard version of the Colt, the Custom
and Super Custom versions were offered with more elaborate equipment
than was featured by the Standard model. The Piper PA-22-108 Colt remained in
production to 1964, with 1849 aircraft built.
On 8 August 1962, Piper PA-22-108/150 Colt s/n 22-9125 was imported in Sweden and registered
SE-CZE. On 25 August 1962, the SE-CZE was regIstered with Halle-Hunnebergs Flygklubb, Trollhättan.
On 19 August 1968, the WAS SE-CZE transferred to AB Malmö Flygindustri, Malmö, and the same day
registered with G. Andersson, Rossön. On 3 April 1969, the SE-CZE was registered with Ludvika
Flygklubb and on 13 August 1985 with Ludvika Segelflygklubb, Ludvika. On 30 April 2006, the CofA of
the Piper PA-22-108/150 Colt expired and on 5 July 2006, registration SE-CZE was cancelled. The aircraft
was exported to Germany where it was registered D-EPCT. On 1 September 2020, the 1961-built Piper
PA-22-108/150 Colt D-EPCT was seen at Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg.