Friday, 8 September 2017

Piper PA-28 Cherokee is a family of light Aircraft designed for Flight Training

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee is a family of light Aircraft designed for Flight Training, Air Taxi and personal use, built by Piper 

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

The first PA-28 received its type certificate from the FAA in 1960 and the series remains in production in 2009. Current 
models are the Arrow and Warrior III. The Archer was discontinued in 2009, but with investment from new Piper owners Imprimis, will be revived in 2010.

Competition for the PA-28 series include 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 6 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 is still in production today under the model name Saratoga.

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 m²)
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, 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), 201 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/sq m)
Power/mass: 14.3 lb/hp (0.116 kW/kg)

Nidhi Jain 
General Manager Operations
Alfa Bloggers Group

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