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PIPER Cherokee (PA-28-140/150/160/180)

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Name Cherokee (PA-28-140/150/160/180)
Manufacturer PIPER
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, low set
WTC Light
Type code L1P
Engine Piston
Engine count Single
Position Nose mounted
Landing gear Tricycle fixed
Mass group 1

Manufacturered as:

AICSA Warrior 2
AICSA PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser
AICSA Cherokee Warrior 2
AICSA Cherokee Cruiser
AICSA Cherokee Archer 2
AICSA Cherokee Archer
AICSA Cherokee (PA-28-140/180)
AICSA Archer 2
AICSA PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer 2
AICSA PA-28-161 Warrior 2
AICSA PA-28-181 Archer 2
AICSA PA-28-180 Cherokee Archer
AICSA PA-28-180 Cherokee
AICSA PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior 2
AICSA PA-28-140 Cherokee
CHINCUL Warrior 2
CHINCUL Cherokee Archer 2
CHINCUL Cherokee Cruiser
CHINCUL Cherokee Challenger
CHINCUL Cherokee Archer
CHINCUL Archer 2
CHINCUL PA-A-28-181 Cherokee Archer 2
CHINCUL PA-A-28-181 Archer 2
CHINCUL PA-A-28-180 Cherokee Challenger
CHINCUL PA-A-28-180 Cherokee Archer
CHINCUL PA-A-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser
CHINCUL PA-A-28-161 Warrior 2
EMBRAER EMB-712 Carioquinha
EMBRAER Carioquinha
NEIVA EMB-712 Carioquinha
NEIVA EMB-712 Tupi
NEIVA Carioquinha
PIPER PA-28-161 Cadet
PIPER PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior 2
PIPER PA-28-161 Warrior 2
PIPER PA-28-161 Warrior 3
PIPER PA-28-180 Cherokee
PIPER PA-28-180 Cherokee Archer
PIPER PA-28-180 Cherokee Challenger
PIPER PA-28-180TG Cherokee Chief
PIPER PA-28-181 Archer 2
PIPER PA-28-181 Archer 3
PIPER PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer 2
PIPER PA-28-160 Cherokee
PIPER Warrior 2
PIPER Warrior 3
PIPER Cherokee Chief
PIPER Cherokee Cruiser
PIPER Cherokee Flite Liner
PIPER Cherokee Warrior
PIPER Cherokee Warrior 2
PIPER Cherokee Challenger
PIPER PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior
PIPER Archer 2
PIPER Cherokee 140-4
PIPER Cherokee (PA-28-140/150/160/180)
PIPER Cherokee Archer
PIPER Cherokee Archer 2
PIPER Archer 3
PIPER PA-28-140 Cherokee
PIPER PA-28-140 Cherokee 140-4
PIPER PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser
PIPER PA-28-140 Cherokee Flite Liner
PIPER PA-28-150 Cherokee

PIPER Cherokee (PA-28-140/150/160/180)

PIPER Cherokee (PA-28-140/150/160/180) PIPER Cherokee (PA-28-140/150/160/180) 3D


Light aircraft. In service since 1961 (PA-28-140 since 1964). Replacement for PA-22 Tri-Pacer and Colt. Developed in many versions with fixed gear. Licence production by AICSA, Columbia, and CHINCUL, Argentinia. Also in licence production by EMBRAER and NEIVA, Brazil, as EMB-712 Carioquinha, Tupi. PA-28-140 two seat trainer version.

Future developments PA-235/236 Cherokee, Pathfinder, Dakota and EMB-710 Carioca by EMBRAER and NEIVA, Brazil.

Technical Data

Wing span 10.7 m35.105 ft
Length 7.2 m23.622 ft
Height 2.25 m7.382 ft
Powerplant Variants:
  • 161 Warrior 2: 1 x 160 HP Lycoming O-320-A2B piston engine with 2 blade propeller.
  • 181 Archer 3: 1 x 180 HP Lycoming O-360-A4M piston engine with 2 blade propeller.
Engine model Lycoming O-320, Lycoming O-360

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 129 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 265 m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 282 m
MTOW 11561,156 kg
1.156 tonnes
Ceiling FL155 ROD ft/min APC A
WTC L Range 670670 nm
1,240,840 m
1,240.84 km
4,070,997.378 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving P28A

  • P28A / S76, Humberside UK 2009 (On 26 September 2009, a Piper PA28-140 flown by an experienced pilot was about to touch down after a day VMC approach about a mile behind an S76 helicopter which was also categorised as 'Light' for Wake Vortex purposes rolled uncontrollably to the right in the flare and struck the ground inverted seriously injuring the pilot. The Investigation noted existing informal National Regulatory Authority guidance material already suggested that light aircraft pilots might treat 'Light' helicopters as one category higher when on approach and recommended that this advice be more widely promulgated.)