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Piper PA-28 Cherokee

Piper PA-28 Cherokee


The Piper PA-28 Cherokee is a family of two and four seat light aircraft, built by Piper Aircraft and designed for training flights, transport and personal use. All aircraft in the PA-28 family are low profile and built of metal, with piston driven engines. Typical for these planes is the single door at the right side, where you step in and out over the wing.

The PA-28 is a direct competitor of the Cessna 172 and has more or less similar flying characteristics.

The first PA-28 was certified in 1960 by the Federal Aviation Administration and is still in production.

Brand Piper
Type PA-28 Cherokee
Pilots 1
Passengers 3
Maximum Take Off Weight 975 kg
Empty weight 545 kg
Payload 430 kg
Cruising speed 108 knots (200 km/h)
Maximum Speed 123 knots (228 km/h)
Stall speed 47 knots (87 km/h)
Maximum distance 861 km
Maximum altitude 14300 feet (4359 m)
Span 9.1 m
Height 7.1 m
ICAO code P28A

These specifications are intended to give you an idea of the Piper PA-28 Cherokee. They cannot be used for flight preparation. Often there are many different types of aircraft released with varying specifications and prices. Check the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) if you want to know the exact values of the aircraft you are going to fly. Your flight instructor will be happy to help you with this.

Frequently asked questions about the Piper PA-28 Cherokee

How far can a Piper PA-28 Cherokee fly?

The range is about 861 kilometres. The distance also depends on how fast you fly and whether there is much wind. A possible diversion to another airport is also taken into account.

How much does a Piper PA-28 Cherokee weigh?

Empty the aircraft weighs about 545 kg. Including fuel, passengers and baggage, the aircraft must not weigh more than 975 kg. The maximum amount of fuel, passengers and baggage that can be carried is 430 kg.

Flying in a Piper PA-28 Cherokee

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About Eveline van den Boom

The author of this article is Eveline van den Boom. In 2006, she received her first flying lesson as a birthday present; a beautiful flight over Rotterdam. That tasted like more!

In 2010, she got her PPL licence in Lelystad. In 2011, an aircraft was purchased: an Aero AT-3. This aircraft is still flying in the fleet with callsign PH-EVB.

She wrote the theory books "Theory of Flying" and "Theory helicopter flying". These can be ordered with your flying lesson and are also separately for sale on

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