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Piper Archer

  • Piper Archer
  • Piper Archer


  • Archers, which were simply renamed Cherokee 180s, debuted in 1974, and made their entry wearing the old Hershey Bar wings. They differed from the Warrior not just in the horsepower department, but also in size. In 1973 the airplane was given a five-inch fuselage stretch; a bigger door, cabin, and stabilator area; a new version of the O-360; a 50-pound gross weight increase; and an instrument panel redesign. Like the Warrior, airplanes in the 1974 model year were first called Challengers. In 1976 the wing planform was tapered and the aircraft were renamed Archer IIs. Archer manuals proclaim maximum cruise speeds in the 125-kt range at 75-percent power — about the same as the Warrior II's — but Archers have maximum gross weights 225 pounds greater.

    Piper Archer Fact Sheet

    Piper Archer III


  • Powerplant

    Lycoming O-360-A4M, 180 hp

  • Propellers

    Sensenich 2-blade Fixed Pitch

  • Length

    24 ft

  • Height

    7 ft 3 in

  • Wingspan

    35 ft 6 in

  • Wing Area

    170 sq ft

  • Wing loading

    15 lb/sq ft

  • Power loading

    14.2 lb/hp

  • Cabin Width

    3 ft 6 in

  • Empty Weight

    1,680 lb

  • Maximum gross weight

    2,550 lb

  • Useful load

    870 lb

  • Payload with full fuel

    587 lb

  • Fuel capacity

    50 gal / 48 gal usable

  • Baggage capacity

    200 lb


  • Takeoff distance ground roll

    1,135 ft

  • Takeoff distance over 50-ft obstacle

    1,608 ft

  • Rate of climb sea level

    667 fpm

  • Service ceiling

    14,100 ft

  • Landing distance over 50-ft obstacle

    1,400 ft

  • Landing distance ground roll

    920 ft

  • Cruise speed/endurance w/45-min rsv, std fuel (fuel consumption, ea engine) @ 75% power, best economy

    128 kt/3.8 hr (10.5 gph)

  • Range

Limiting and Recommended Airspeeds

  • VX

    64 KIAS

  • VY

    76 KIAS

  • VNE

    154 KIAS

  • VS1

    51 KIAS

  • VSO

    45 KIAS

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All specifications are based on manufacturer's calculations. All performance figures are based on standard day, standard atmosphere, sea level, gross weight conditions unless otherwise noted.