On 6 December 1963 Piper flew the prototype of a six-seat version of the PA-28 Cherokee, retaining the same general configuration but differing primarily by having a slight increase in wing span, the fuselage lengthened by 1.35m, and the installation of the 194kW Avco Lycoming O-540-E4B5 flat-six engine. Designated Piper PA-32-260-6 Cherokee Six, it was available initially in Standard, Custom, Executive and Sportsman versions with differing standards of installed equipment. By 1966 the company designation had changed to PA-32-260 and the Cherokee Six was then available as an optional six/seven-seat aircraft and, as the PA-32-300, with an optional 224kW IO-540-K engine, in 1971 Piper restyled the name to Cherokee SIX, but apart from annual product improvement, there were no changes until 1975 when a new version designated PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance entered production to complement the Cherokee SIX, differing by introduction of a new fuselage structure and retractable tricycle landing gear. The 1978 version of the Lance had the conventional tail unit replaced by a T-tail, the designation then changing to PA-32RT-300 Lance II and, at the same time, a model with 224kW TIO-540-S1AD turbocharged engines became available under the designation PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II. Production of PA-32-260 Cherokee SIX ended in late 1978, the remaining version then being redesignated PA-32-300 SIX 300, but in
the following year this also disappeared, together with the Lance II and Turbo Lance II. These aircraft were superseded by the six/seven-seat PA-32-301 Saratoga (the basic member of the new related family) which had an in-creased-span wing, reversion to a conventional tail unit, fixed tricycle landing gear, and a 224kW IO-540-K1G5D engine driving a constant-speed propeller. Made available simultaneously was the generally similar PA-32-301T Turbo Saratoga, which had a turbocharged version of the same engine, and the corresponding PA-32R-301 Saratoga SP and PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga SP which differed by having retractable tricycle landing gear. Only very low volume production continued into the early 1990s.
|A three-view drawing of PA-32RT Turbo Lance II (1278 x 800)|
| MODEL||PA-32-301T Turbo Saratoga|
| ENGINE||1 x Avco Lycoming TIO-540-S1AD turbocharged flat-six piston engine, 224kW|
| Take-off weight||1097 kg||2418 lb|
| Empty weight||906 kg||1997 lb|
| Wingspan||11.02 m||36 ft 2 in|
| Length||8.59 m||28 ft 2 in|
| Height||2.49 m||8 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||16.56 m2||178.25 sq ft|
| Max. speed||330 km/h||205 mph|
| Ceiling||6095 m||20000 ft|
| Range||1593 km||990 miles|
|V.R."Sam" Bass, e-mail, 06.05.2015 01:49|
Had a PA-28-235 (6) that had received an engine from a parted out PA-32-260. By removing the FI, A /C didn't have to be re-type certified. Turned into 255 hp and one fantastic hauler, but a real fuel guzzler.
|Marius, e-mail, 16.02.2013 13:57|
I am looking for a PIPER pa 32 engin for my piper cherookee 260
|Dr. Tim Hacker, e-mail, 28.11.2012 04:44|
I have owned the Turbo Lance II since 1995. I repainted and put all leather interior in 2000. Upgraded to avionics to Garmin 430 /MX20 in 2003. I am on my 3rd engine. I have all LoPresti speed mods and the Turbo Plus intercooler with the newly designed cowling. I can count on 155KTAS at 10,000' on 16gph. It is a solid IFR platform, easy to land and carries anything I can pack into it. I have thought about other aircraft, but none will do all this one does for the modest costs. The "T" tail gossip is totally unfounded.
|D J, e-mail, 23.06.2011 22:42|
We owned a 1964 "Six", N3309W. Flew it all over the midwest and from Omaha to Portland, Ore. once. Had to hang it on the prop over the Wyo. Mtns but she flew like she was made to do it. I only wished it had a turbo or a 300 hp engine on occassion. Needed a little extra when I flew to Denver.
|JPK, e-mail, 07.05.2011 17:13|
What about the 3 engine XPA-32? It had Seneca type wings and nacelles and an engine in front. It was an experiment and probably only one was built. Hard to find information about it.
|Bill Wheat, e-mail, 20.04.2011 05:11|
I flew a PA32 260 1966 new from factory. For a Construction Co. Same as above N3338W Neat A /C Realy enjoyed flying it.
|Wingnut, e-mail, 24.02.2011 05:00|
Fantastic family hauler. I've had 7 men women & children in mine with full fuel and still 400 pounds to go, awesome...
"If the doors would close it was below max gross" - John Redfeild HA!
|Scott Boyd, e-mail, 25.04.2010 06:51|
When I was in college I flew for the CAP in Colorado, C-182, Super Cub and not so Super Cub, 135hp engine and the Bird Dog.
We always called the Cherokee 6 the crowd killer because people from back East would fly into the mountains on a fairly regular basis.
|John Redfield, e-mail, 17.03.2010 18:27|
I had a PA 32 260 N3383W identical to the one pictured, even to the paint. It was great for ski trips, just tie the skis down in the center aisle.
If the doors would close it was below max gross.
|Bill G, e-mail, 04.03.2010 00:35|
The 300HP version of the SIX is my favorite SEL A /C of all time. I carried 6 + bags + full fuel all the time, although it was wife, kids, family, etc, without exceeding gross for T /O. Cruises at 130K at 12 gph and the most stable I ever flew - great instrument platform. Shot more ILS's @ 1 /4 & 200agl in this than I can remember. Always smooth and perfect.
|Mort Lessans, e-mail, 17.01.2010 00:25|
Owned a '79 PA32-300 for 12 years, can't say enough good things about it, many hours at full rated load with 6 S.O.B. (not full fuel with 6) and many trips with 4 S.O.B. and luggage and full fuel. Trips to Bahamas, it will carry anything you can get in the large double freight door, rear seats come out easily, I once carried furniture including a bed from D.C. to Detroit. Only problem became availability of parts because of age, sold it in '07, still miss it.
|JG, e-mail, 27.12.2009 17:02|
I have owned a 1969 PA 32-260 and it is the first real SUV. I you can get it in the door it will fly it. A pleasure to fly and gives real meaning to a 4 place airplane, full fuel and baggage. Not many airplanes can do that and fly at 135 knots.
Non stop to the Bahamas and bring all your gear.
|THIVAN, e-mail, 05.06.2007 15:47|
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