Piper Archer LX – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Piper Archer LX to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.

Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Piper Archer LX
AIRCRAFT NAME
Archer LX
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Piper
RANGE
361 nm
MAX RANGE (30 MIN RESERVE)
513 nm
SPEED
133 kts
PASSENGERS
3 people
ACQUISITION COST
$389000
ENGINES
Lycoming Ly O-360-A4M 1
AVIONICS
Garmnin G1000
WINGSPAN
35.5 ft
IFR CERTIFIED
Yes

Aircraft History

The Archer is also known as the Cherokee 180 and the PA-28-180 and PA-28-181. The PA-28 family dates back to 1962 and includes aircraft from the basic Cherokee 140, with its fixed gear and fixed-pitch propeller, to the Turbo Arrow, with its turbocharged engine and retractable gear. They all share the certification of the PA-28 from 1962. The Cherokee 180/Archer, introduced in 1963, is about in the middle of that group in terms of price and performance.
 
A 180 hp Lycoming engine powers the fixed-gear Archer. The original Cherokee 180 had Piper's famous “Hershey Bar” wing with constant chord and thickness. In 1973, the model received a stretched fuselage (5 inches), bigger wingspan and tail, and a new variant of the 180 hp Lycoming. That model was referred to as the Challenger. In 1976, the model received a new, semi-tapered wing and was referred to as the PA-28-181 Archer II. Production continues today with the Archer III.
 
The Archer is not particularly fast, although the 1976 and later models have a few knots higher speed over the predecessors. The cabin is snug, but acceptable. Handling is very stable and predictable, something that has made the Archer a popular part of the PA-28 family.
 
The Avidyne Entegra avionics suite became an option from 2005. The Archer LX is powered by a Lycoming O-360-A4M engine. It comes standard with the Garmin G500 glass cockpit system with Synthetic Vision and is fully IFR certified.