Zlín Z 43

The Zlín Z 43 is a Czech four-seat light aircraft. A development of the two-seat Zlín Z 42, it is a low-wing monoplane. A developed version, the Zlín Z 143 remains in production.

Zlin Z 43
Role Light trainer/touring aircraft
National origin Czechoslovakia
Manufacturer Moravan Otrokovice
First flight 10 December 1968
Status In production (Z143 LSi model, 2011)[1]
Produced 1972-1977
Number built 80 (Z 43)
1 (Z 43M)[2] 63+ (Z 143)[3]
Developed from Zlín Z 42

Design and development

After successful production of the Z-26 aircraft family, the Czechoslovak aircraft manufacturer Moravan, began design of a new series of training aircraft, known as the Z-40 family. Unlike the previous tandem-seat aircraft, the Z-40 family featured a side-by-side cockpit. It was available in two basic variants, a two-seat trainer, the Zlín Z-42, and a four-seat aircraft, the Zlin Z-43 capable of being used both as a trainer and a tourer.

The resulting design is a single-engined low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction and a fixed nosewheel undercarriage. The Z 43 shares 80% of its structure with the Z 42, but is fitted with a revised fuselage accommodating a four-seater cabin and a more powerful engine. The Z-43's wings are of greater span and do not have the slight forward sweep of the Z- 42.[4]

The Z-43 first flew on 10 December 1968,[4] with production starting in 1972. It proved less popular than its two-seat contemporary, and production ended in 1977 after 80 aircraft were built.[5]

The Z-143 is a version introduced in 1992, powered by a six-cylinder Lycoming O-540 engine,[6] in parallel to the Z-42 being re-engined with a Lycoming to become the Z-242.


Zlín Z 43
Base model
Zlín Z 43M
Experimental model. Only one was built
Zlín Z 143
Improved model
Aeronautical Manufacturing Enterprise Safir-43
An Algerian licence-built copy of the Zlín Z 43

Operational history

Use by Tamil Tigers

Pictures released by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka indicate that they operated Czech-built Zlin Z-143 single-engine, four-seater light aircraft modified to carry four bombs mounted on the undercarriage. On 9 September 2008, the Sri Lanka Air Force reportedly brought down an Air Tigers Z-143 over Mullaittivu.[7]

The Air Tigers carried out a Suicide air raid on Colombo on 20 February 2009 using two of these aircraft. Under heavy anti-aircraft fire one of these aircraft crashed into Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department building in Colombo and the other craft was shot down near Sri Lanka Air Force Base at Katunayake.[8]


Civil operators

  • Hungarian Police

Military operators

 East Germany

Specifications (Z 43)

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1976-77 [9]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 7.75 m (25 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.76 m (32 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 2.91 m (9 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 14.50 m2 (156.1 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 730 kg (1,609 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,350 kg (2,976 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 130 L (34 US gal; 29 imp gal) normal, provision for additional 110 L (29 US gal; 24 imp gal) tanks in wingtips
  • Powerplant: 1 × Avia M 337 A inverted six-cylinder air-cooled inline engine, 160 kW (210 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 146 km/h (91 mph, 79 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 210 km/h (130 mph, 110 kn)
  • Stall speed: 103 km/h (64 mph, 56 kn) (flaps down)
  • Never exceed speed: 273 km/h (170 mph, 147 kn)
  • Range: 610 km (380 mi, 330 nmi) (standard fuel), 1,150 km (710 mi; 620 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 3,800 m (12,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.5 m/s (690 ft/min)
  • Takeoff distance to 15 m (50 ft): 700 m (2,300 ft)
  • Landing distance to 15 m (50 ft): 590 m (1,940 ft)

See also

Related development


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  4. Taylor 1976, p. 32
  5. Donald 1997, p. 925
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  7. Security Forces crush major terror attack at Vavuniya Archived May 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Tamil Tiger planes raid Colombo". BBC, 21 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
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