Piper Archer: In Depth and Up Close

Decades of refinements have created a great trainer and entry-level airplane.

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Simplicity is a word that comes to mind when stepping into the Archer. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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With enough speed to get you where you want to go, but not too much to get you in trouble, the Archer has become a popular choice for pilots looking for an entry-level airplane. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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Standard avionics include a Garmin G500 PFD/MFD, two GNS 430Ws, a GTX 330 transponder, a GMA 340 audio panel and full-size backup instruments. A second G500 can be added, which fills up the panel nicely. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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The autopilot gets props for its smooth, small inputs and corrections, which make the flight comfortable for pilots and passengers alike. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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The baggage compartment can accommodate up to 200 pounds of luggage. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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Flaps are operated simply by a Johnson bar. Rudder trim is available through a round knob near the passenger’s rudder pedals. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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Slotted right in the middle of the Cherokee family, the Archer is a descendant of the PA-28-180, which debuted in 1963. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."
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The comfortably sized Archer cabin features plush leather seats. AmSafe’s airbag seat belts are available as an option. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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The overhead panel contains switches for the starter, primer, electrical system and magnetos. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper
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While many small refinements have been made through the years, those flying the Archer nearly 40 years ago would most likely not discern much difference in the handling of the airplane. For more, check out Pia's article, "Piper Archer."Piper