Photo: Robert Deering 3/10/2007
Arlington Municipal Airport
Arlington, Texas

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Henderson Executive Airport
Henderson, Nevada

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee is a family of light aircraft designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use. It is built by Piper Aircraft.

All members of the PA-28 family are all-metal, unpressurized, single-engine, piston-powered airplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. They all have a single door on the copilot side, which is entered by stepping on the wing.

The first PA-28 received its type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1960, and the series remains in production to this day. Current models are the Arrow and Archer TX and LX.  The Archer was discontinued in 2009, but with investment from new Piper owners Imprimis, was put back into production in 2010.

The PA-28 series competes with the Cessna 172, the Grumman American AA-5 series, and the Beechcraft Musketeer.

Piper has created variations within the Cherokee family by installing engines ranging from 140 to 300 hp (105-220 kW), providing turbocharging, offering fixed or retractable landing gear, fixed-pitch or constant speed propellers, and stretching the fuselage to accommodate six people. The larger, six-seat variant of the PA-28 is generally the PA-32; earlier versions were known as the "Cherokee Six", and a PA-32 version called the Saratoga was in production until 2009.

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 23.3 feet (7.16 m)
  • Wingspan: 30.0 feet (9.2 m)
  • Height: 7.3 feet (2.25 m)
  • Wing area: 160 sq ft (15.14 m)
  • Airfoil: NACA 652-415
  • Empty weight: 1201 lb (544 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 2150 lb (975 kg)
  • Useful load: 949 lb (430 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2150 lb (975 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 Lycoming O-320-E2A Sensenich M74DM propeller, 150 hp (113 kW)
  • Propeller diameter: 74 inches (1.9 m)


  • Maximum speed: 123 knots (142 mph, 230 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 108 knots (124 mph, 200 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 47 knots (54 mph, 87 km/h)
  • Range: 465 nm (535 sm, 867 km)
  • Service ceiling: 14,300 feet (4400 m)
  • Rate of climb: 660 ft/min (3.4 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 13.4 lb/sq ft (64.4 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 14.3 lb/hp (0.116 kW/kg)

Source: Wikipedia