Another milestone reached for Piper Aircraft, Inc.

a line-up of Piper Archers at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. (pic- Jim Barrett Photography)

The 5000th Archer is in the final stages of test flying with Piper’s Chief Test Pilot Bart Jones.

The aircraft is painted in the colours of ‘Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology’, and will be joining their fleet to be used for student training.

The 5000th Piper Archer being fueled for a test flight.

The Piper Archer TX is one of the latest models in the range, and is ideal as a training platform for students and instructors.

Pilots and passengers will welcome the comfortable interior with creature comforts abound, such as high-end carpeting  and interior appointments like power plugs, lighting controls, and seat controls for each passenger.

The modern panel is kitted out with the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite.

The 180 HP Lycoming gets the Archer TX off the ground within 1,608 ft. (490M).

Landing distance is 1,400 ft. (427m). All over a 50ft. Obstacle.

Max cruise speed at 75% power is 128 ktas (237 km/h).

Range is estimated at 522 nm. (967km).

Piper offers the Archer with two engine options. The Archer TX and Archer LX are powered by an avgas burning Lycoming O-360-A4M, while the Archer DX and DLX are powered by the Continental engine CD-155 diesel.

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