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  • Piper PA-32 Family - Cherokee Six/Lance/Saratoga


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    The PA-32 Cherokee Six is a six or seven seat variant of the Piper Cherokee.

    General Information

    The PA-32 series began life in 1965 as the 260 horsepower (190 kW) PA32-260 Cherokee Six, a significantly modified six-seat (or seven-seat) development of the PA-28 Cherokee.


    The Cherokee Six and its successors feature a baggage compartment in the nose between the cockpit and the engine compartment and a large double door in the back for easy loading of passengers and cargo.


    The 1975 addition of retractable landing gear resulted in the first of the PA-32R series, the Piper Lance. This was the earliest aircraft in the Piper Saratoga family, Piper's luxury, high-performance single line.


    Piper's transition to tapered wings for the Cherokee series resulted in a new wing for the PA-32 series, as well. The tapered-wing version of the Cherokee Six was named the Saratoga and debuted in 1980. Due to product liability concerns and economic conditions, the general aviation industry went into decline in the early 1980s, and Saratoga production ceased in 1985.


    For more details of the PA-32 family, click here and here.


    Specifications for a Cherokee Six 300.


    Cherokee Six (fixed undercarriage)


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    PA-32 Lance (retractable undercarriage)


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    PA-32 Saratoga (Tapered wing)


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    6 or 7
    27 ft 8.75 in
    32 ft 9.5 in
    8 ft. 3 in
    Wing Area:
    174.5 sq. ft
    Wing Loading:
    19.5 lb/sq.ft
    Empty Weight:
    1824 lb
    Gross wt: 3400 lb
    1 x Lycoming O-540-K1G5, 300 hp
    Maximum speed: 174 mph (280 km/h, 151 kn)
    Cruise Speed:
    168 mph (272 km/h, 146 kn)
    Stall Speed:
    47-54 kt
    max fuel/75% pwr: 658nm/4.5hr, max fuel / 55% pwr: 844 nm/ 6.3 hr
    Takeoff Dist.:
    over 50-ft. obstacle: 1500 ft
    Landing Dist.:
    over 50-ft. obstacle: 1000 ft
    Rate of Climb:
    1225 fpm
    Service Ceiling:
    16,250 ft

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    A great bush aircraft. I did charter in NW WA in the late 80's; -300. The manual flap lever was very handy. On a rough strip pull some more flap- a bit like a collective on a helo! Get airborne quicker then SLOWLY feed the flap away and climb away!
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