The Piper PA-36 Pawnee Brave was designed and built by Piper Aircraft during the 1970s as a low-wing, single-engine, propeller-driven agricultural aircraft developed from the PA-25 Pawnee. It performed its maiden flight in December 1969 and was introduced in 1973. The PA-36 was produced from 1973 to 1981 with a total of 938 aircraft built.

Piper Aircraft
United States
1973 to: 1981
US$0.019 million (1973)
1x Lycoming IO-540-K1G5
300 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
118 knots
219 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
54 knots
Travel range:
393 Nautical Miles
728 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
15,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
920 feet / minute
4.67metre / second
Take Off Distance:
460 metre - 1,509.17 feet
Landing Distance:
440 metre - 1,443.55 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
2,117 Kg
4,667 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
1,000 Kg
2,205 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
86 gallon
326 litre
Baggage Volume:
1.08 m3 / 38 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
8.38 metre - 27.49 feet
Tail height:
2.29 metre - 7.51 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.1 metre - 3.61 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
11.82 metre - 38.78 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

On December 5, 1969, the prototype designated as PA-36 Pawnee II took to the air for the first time. It was powered by a 260 horsepower Lycoming engine. In 1972, the Piper PA-36 was initially introduced as an improved version of the PA-25 Pawnee fitted with an uprated Continental Tiara 6-285 horizontally-opposed engine of 285 horsepower.

It featured a new wing with detachable leading edges, enhanced ventilation system and heating system, as well as Safoam anti-sloshing compounds, and a 0.85 cubic meter enlarged standard hopper.

In 1973, the PA-36 entered into service. The initial version of the aircraft was designated as the PA-36 Pawnee Brave 285. In 1977, a newer variant designated as PA-36 Pawnee Brave 300 was built. It was powered by a normally-aspirated Lycoming IO-540-K1G5 engine rated at 300 horsepower. In 1978, the PA-36 Brave 375 was built.

It was powered by a Lycoming IO-720-D1CD horizontally-opposed eight-cylinder piston engine rated at 375 horsepower. In 1982, two versions were built designated as the New Brave 375 and New Brave 400. These were WTA-built versions powered by 375 horsepower and 400 horsepower engines, respectively. In 1987, a total of 150 New Braves were built.

The Piper PA-36 Pawnee Brave is a single-seat agricultural aircraft with an external length of 8.38 meters, an external height of 1.85 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 1.1 meters. It featured a low wing with a wingspan of 11.82 meters and a wing area of 20.96 square meters. It has a tail height of 2.29 meters and a wheelbase of 5.9 meters. The aircraft has an empty weight of 1,118 kg, a maximum takeoff weight of 2,177 kg, and a maximum payload of 1,000 kg. The usable fuel capacity is 86 US gal.

The aircraft has a maximum speed of 123 knots and a cruise speed of 118 knots. The travel range is 393 nautical miles. It can fly up to 15,000 feet and can climb at a rate of 920 feet per minute. The takeoff and landing distances are 460 meters and 440 meters, respectively.

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