Piper PA-28R Cherokee Arrow


Country of Origin
United States of America
Four seat light aircraft
The PA-28R originally began life as a retractable undercarriage variant of the PA-28 Cherokee. The original PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow was a relatively simple adaptation of the existing PA-28-180 Cherokee D, but incorporated electro-hydraulically operated retractable undercarriage (complete with a self lowering system that safeguarded against the pilot failing to do so, automatically lowering when airspeed reached 170km/h/91kt and a certain engine manifold pressure), a fuel injected version of the PA-28-180's O-360, a constant speed propeller and an increased max takeoff weight. Production switched later to the more powerful 150kW (200hp) IO-360-C1C powered PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow II. Changes included the same 12.7cm (5in) stretched fuselage introduced on the Cherokee Challenger and Cherokee Charger, with greater rear legroom and baggage capacity, plus larger horizontal tail and dorsal fin fillet. The PA-28R-201 Arrow III first flew in September 1975, and was introduced from 1976. The major change (also introduced on the fixed undercarriage PA-28s at that time) was a new longer tapered span wing, while the maximum takeoff weight was increased. The turbocharged PA-28R-201T was also offered. The PA-28RT-201 and -201T Arrow IV introduced a new all moving T-tail. Production of the Arrow IV ceased in 1982, and resumed again in 1989, but ceased once more in 1992. Instead Piper returned the conventional-tailed Arrow III back into production. Very small numbers were built in the early 1990s while Piper was under bankruptcy protection. Since the emergence of New Piper Inc in 1995 the Arrow III has been part of the expanded Piper line-up, although only small numbers have been built.
PA-28R-180 - One 135kW (180hp) Lycoming IO-360-B1E fuel injected flat four piston engine driving a two blade constant speed Hartzell propeller. PA-28R-201T - One 150kW (200hp) Continental TSIO-360-FB turbocharged and fuel injected flat six.
PA-28R-180 - Max speed 274km/h (148kt), typical cruising speed 260km/h (140kt), long range cruising speed 230km/h (124kt). Initial rate of climb 875ft/min. Service ceiling 15,000ft. Range at economical cruising speed 1600km (865nm). PA-28R-201T - Max speed 330km/h (178kt), max cruising speed 320km/h (172kt), long range cruising speed 284km/h (153kt). Initial rate of climb 940ft/min. Range with reserves 1667km (900nm).
PA-28R-180 - Empty 626kg (1380lb), max takeoff 1134kg (2500lb). PA-28R-201T - Empty 786kg (1732lb), max takeoff 1315kg (2900lb).
PA-28R-180 - Wing span 9.14m (30ft 0in), length 7.38m (24ft 3in), height 2.44m (8ft 0in). Wing area 14.2m2 (160sq ft). PA-28R-201T - Wing span 10.80m (35ft 5in), length 8.33m (27ft 3in), height 2.52m (8ft 3in). Wing area 15.9m2 (170sq ft).
Typical seating for four.
Approximately 6000 PA-28Rs of all models built, including 81 PA-28R-180Bs, 1664 PA-28R-200s and -201s, and 1291 PA-28R-201Ts and PA-28RT-201Ts.
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