The Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six was designed and built by Piper Aircraft as a family of single-engined fixed undercarriage, light aircraft introduced in 1965. The PA-32 performed its maiden flight on December 6, 1963, and was produced from 1965 to 2007. It was used as private transport, air taxi, bush support, and medevac all over the world.

Manufacturer:
Piper Aircraft
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1965 to: 2007
ICAO:
PA32
Price:
US$0.1 million (2015)
Avionics:
King KMA Audio Panel, Garmin 255 Nav / com 833
Engine:
1x Lycoming IO-540-K1A5
Piston
Power:
300 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
151 knots
280 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
55 knots
Travel range:
730 Nautical Miles
1,352 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
16,250 feet
Rate of Climb:
1050 feet / minute
5.33metre / second
Take Off Distance:
348 metre - 1,141.72 feet
Landing Distance:
305 metre - 1,000.64 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
1,542 Kg
3,399 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
1,542 Kg
3,399 lbs
Max Payload:
680 Kg
1,499 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
84 gallon
318 litre
Baggage Volume:
0.2 m3 / 7 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
6 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.23 metre - 4.04 feet
Cabin Width:
1.24 metre - 4.07 feet
Cabin Length:
3.02 metre - 9.91 feet
Exterior Length:
8.45 metre - 27.72 feet
Tail height:
2.4 metre - 7.87 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.35 metre - 4.43 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
10 metre - 32.81 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

On December 6, 1963, the PA-32 took to the skies for the first time. In 1965, the PA-32 started as a further derivative of the PA-28 Cherokee light aircraft. It was initially fitted with a 260-horsepower engine designated as PA32-260 Cherokee Six that could accommodate six to seven persons on board. The aircraft was designed with a luggage compartment located in the nose in the middle of the cockpit and engine compartment and also featured an enlarged double door at the rear for easier loading and unloading of cargo and boarding and deboarding of passengers. The Cherokee was produced from 1965 to 2007; a total of over 7,842 aircraft were built.

On May 27, 1966, the PA-32-300 was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. It has an external length of 8.4 meters, an external height of 1.45 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 1.35 meters. The cabin has a length of 3.02 meters, a height of 1.23 meters, and a width of 1.24 meters. The aircraft has a wingspan of 10 meters and a wing area of 16.5 square meters. It has a tail height of 2.4 meters and a fixed landing gear with a wheelbase of 2.39 meters. The empty weight is 811 kg, the gross weight is 1,542 kg, and the maximum payload is 680 kg. It has a fuel tank capacity of 84 US gal.

The aircraft is powered by a single Lycoming IO-540-K1A5 engine. It is a six-cylinder, air-cooled, horizontally-opposed piston engine with two overhead valves per cylinder, a fuel injection system, and an air cooling system. The power output is 300 horsepower. The PA-32-300 has a maximum speed of 151 knots and a cruise speed of 146 knots. The travel range is 730 nautical miles. The aircraft can fly up to 16,250 feet and can climb at a rate of 1,050 feet per minute. The takeoff distance is 348 meters while the landing distance is 305 meters.

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