Piper PA-28 Cherokee


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Piper PA-28 Cherokee

It is unlikely that when Piper first flew the prototype of the four-seat Piper PA-28-150 Cherokee sporting/training monoplane on 14 January 1960 that the company could have anticipated the almost infinite variety of this basic design that was to result, or that its production would still be continuing in 1990s. The type started life as a cantilever low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction with fixed tricycle landing gear and four-seat accommodation in an enclosed cabin, and with power provided by a 112kW Avco Lycoming O-320, or 119kW O-320-B2B flat-four engine in the PA-28-160 Cherokee. The first production Cherokee was flown on 10 February 1961, and the type was available from the beginning in the same Standard, Custom, Super Custom and AutoFlite models as the PA-24, and a similar scheme of optional models with different standards of equipment continues to this day. The PA-28-180 Cherokee was introduced for 1962 with a 134kW O-320-A2A engine, and in 1963 it was followed by the PA-28-235 which had structural strengthening and installation of a 175kW Avco Lycoming O-540-B2B5 flat-six engine for operation at a higher gross weight. In the following year the range was expanded in the opposite direction when the two-seat PA-28-140 Cherokee became available with the 104kW O-320-A2B flat-four engine, but with introduction of the PA-28-180R Cherokee Arrow on 19 June 1967 came a significant change, with retractable tricycle landing gear, fuel-injection engine and a constant-speed propeller as standard; at this time production of the PA-28-150 and PA-28-160 versions came to an end. In 1969 Piper made available an optional PA-28-200R Cherokee Arrow with a 149kW IO-360-C1C engine, and in 1971 new models of the PA-28-140 appeared as the Cherokee Flite Liner, a two-seat trainer for use by Piper-sponsored training schools, and the Cherokee Cruiser 2 Plus 2, which was a de luxe two/four-seat version which in the following year became the standard production model. For 1973 the long-standing PA-28-180 was renamed as the Cherokee Challenger, with slight increases in wing span and fuselage length, and improved interior and standards of equipment; at the same time similar changes were introduced on the PA-28-235 which was renamed as the Cherokee Charger. In 1974 there came a number of changes in the Cherokee line, the Cherokee 2 Plus 2 being renamed Cherokee Cruiser, the Cherokee Challenger the Cherokee Archer, and the PA-28-235 the Cherokee Pathfinder. At the same time a new member of the family was introduced, the PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior which, powered by a 112kW O-320-E3D engine, was basically similar to the Archer except for having a completely new wing of increased span. In 1977 Piper ended production of the Cherokee Cruiser and Cherokee Pathfinder, but introduced at the same time the PA-28-236 Dakota which, generally similar to the Archer, was powered by the 175kW O-540-J3A5D flat-six engine and had the new wing of increased span; in 1978 a version of this aircraft with a 149kW Continental TSIO-360-FB turbocharged engine became available as the PA-28-201T Turbo Dakota, but only limited demand meant that its production ended in 1980. In this same year, Piper developed to meet the requirements of the Chilean air force a tandem two-seat trainer based on the Cherokee series. Designated PA-28R-300 Pillan (devil) in prototype form, this has retractable tricycle landing gear and is powered by the 224kW Avco Lycoming AEIO-540-H1K5 engine. Following initial construction by assembly, Industria Aeronautica de Chile was expected td be manufacturing some 80% of this aircraft, designated T-35 by the Chilean air force, by the end of 1983.

Production of the Cherokee family continued in the 1980s with the introduction of the PA-28-161 Warrior II with a 119kW Avco Lycoming O-320-D3G engine, alongside the CPA-28-181 Archer II with a 134kW Avco Lycoming O-360-A4M. At the higher performance end of the scale the PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV in corporated the same powerplant as used in the Turbo Dakota. EMBRAER also continued to build aircraft under licence in Brazil. Financial problems and the crisis of product liability acted as a severe brake on sales, but a trickle of late model aircraft continue to be built. By January 1991 2,985 PA-28-161s had been sold along with 9,894 Cherokee 180/ Archers IIs, and small numbers of Arrows and Turbo Arrows.

Piper PA-28R Arrow IV

 MODELPiper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow
 ENGINE1 x Teledyne Continental TSIO-360-FB flat-six turbocharged piston engine, 149kW
  Take-off weight1315 kg2899 lb
  Empty weight767 kg1691 lb
  Wingspan10.8 m35 ft 5 in
  Length8.33 m27 ft 4 in
  Height2.52 m8 ft 3 in
  Wing area15.79 m2169.96 sq ft
  Max. speed330 km/h205 mph
  Ceiling6095 m20000 ft
  Range1665 km1035 miles

V.R."Sam"Bass, e-mail, 02.03.2015 02:41

Had a '64 PA-28-235. Highly modified. bought as a fixer-upper with out engine. Put in a reman. 260 HP from a Comanche. Pulled the FI to forego the re-type certify which turned it into a 255 HP. If the burned fuel rate were not a problem, was one heck of an airplane. Still flying somewhere in So. Cal. Not me though, By-Pass surgery took care of that.


Larry, e-mail, 22.12.2014 02:50

Got my private in a Pa-28-161 warrior in 1989, Loved that bird. I will always miss it.


Butch, e-mail, 22.01.2014 05:42

I bought my first airplane before I had completed my initial pilot training program. Continued with the training and received my license a couple of weeks later. Jumped on a commercial jet to Denver and flew my baby, a 1977 Warrior, back to MSP the next day. Could not get anyone to go with me, so accomplished it all solo. Had to sell her a couple of years ago due to a heart attack, and the guy that bought her had it flown to CA. He was so thrilled with the Warrior he called me and praised me for the shape the bird was in! Great Airplane!! I miss her!!


Ray Jacobelli, e-mail, 22.10.2011 00:02

I own a 1972 PA-28-140E Fliteliner, a great airplane for the flying middle class. My first flight, an hour of dual was in a 1964 PA-28-180, at Zahns Airport, Amityville NY, in June 1971. The more I fly my Cherokee the greater the affection grows! Performance wise, she excellences in almost no category, but taken as a whole she is almost perfect.


macc, e-mail, 02.10.2011 08:05

I learned how to fly in this airplane and in the Cessna 150 and the Ryan Navion back in 1970. Great airplanes, had alot of fun.


Mike, e-mail, 24.07.2011 10:00

Got my private license in a PA28-161 Warrior in Georgia during 1980 after solo in a C-150. I found the A /C much more solid and stable on landing than the 150...it was brand-new from the FL factory and smelled like a new car inside. After getting my Private, I did a lot of night flying in the Warrior. Great plane, with just me and 1 /2 tanks I could get nearly 1000 fpm initial climb at 500 msl. Miss those planes! Later I flew Schweitzer sailplanes in Moriarty, NM. Am currently inactive but fly RC planes & helicopters now.


Jim Bennett, e-mail, 14.02.2011 18:05

Have ownwd a PA28-140 for many years. Easy to fly and maintain. Handles a lot better than equivalent Cessna C-172 but not quite as roomy. Best bang for the buck, though! She's my old friend!


Terry Sherlin, e-mail, 27.01.2011 04:24

I have a 1963 PA28-180. Have used it for 4 years and love
everything about it. It is the easiest a /c to land I have ever flown. I have been flying since 1980 and have checked out in many planes. But I love this one the most. Jogs along at 128 MPH on 10 GPH. Just a joy for me.


Darrell Smittle, e-mail, 13.11.2010 00:37

Bought my first nose wheel airplane a couple of years ago. Cherokee 140. Not sure of how much I would like it since flying tail wheels for so long. My 140 carries a full load a very long distance at a very low operating cost. I call it the "Pick-Up Truck" of airplanes and just love it. Good cruise at 120 mph with good fuel burn at 7 gph on autogas.


Mark, e-mail, 07.11.2010 00:28

Got my private in a warrior. Great fun airplane. One of the best in my opinion for training.


Charles Severs, e-mail, 17.07.2008 23:58

It replaced the PA 24 series, had the same engine as the smaller horsepower PA 24 but Cruised at 20 knots slower. I believe it was made to be cheaper to sell and not improved in any other way.
I am referring to the Arrow series not just this Turbo model


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