Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8 Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 492 times:
Well, after a year and a half of cood times flying Piper Cadets here at Purdue University, I have graduated to the left seat of its more powerful brother, the Piper Arrow. I've now spent 11.2 hours in this 200 horsepower, complex aircraft (retractable gear, a constant speed prop, and, of course, flaps). Among that time has been my first flight "working the system" as an IFR pilot, during a trip to Kokomo, Indiana yesterday. I filed IFR and had my first experience talking to an ARTCC (Chicago Center, in this case) and getting actual IFR clearances. Tommorrow we are planning my first foray into actual IMC conditions, heading south to Terre Haute, IN. Long story short, my user name has been changed to reflect my new bird, and I am now known as "Purdue Arrow" rather than as "Purdue Cadet".
FlyinIllini From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 59 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 402 times:
Just had to shout out to my BigTenEleven brethren. Congrats on your "upgrade". Are you by any chance on the competition flying team? I am anxious to get out of the Archer and into the Arrow this summer (with luck, and money).
Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 393 times:
Thanks. No, I'm not on the flight team. I was going to try out, but I had a class during the time that the team practiced for my event, so I decided not to. Good luck getting into the Arrow... it's a great plane. it's amazing how much difference that retractable gear makes!
Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 388 times:
Thanks, Neil. Unfortunately, PPI does not have any Arrows. The best they have is the Archer, which just has 20 more HP than the Cherokees. It still has fixed gear, though, and I think it has a fixed pitch prop. The gear makes the biggest difference in speed between the Cadet and the Arrow, I think, so I'm not sure that the Archer is worth the extra money. On the other hand, I'm not sure how much more PPI charges for the Archer.