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Piper Archer III - PA-28-181

Performance Specifications


Manufacturer: Lycoming
Model: 0-360-A4M
Horsepower: 180 hp
Number of Cylinders: 4


Manufacturer: Sensenich
Number of Blades: 2
Type: Fixed Pitch


Gross Weight: 2550 lbs/1157 kgs
Standard Empty Equipped Weight (*b,c): 1658 lbs/752 kgs
Standard Useful Load (*a): 900 lbs/408 kgs

Wing Area

Wing Area: 170 square feet/15.8 square meters


Wing Span: 35.5 feet/10.8 meters
Length: 24.0 feet/7.32 meters
Height: 7.3 feet/2.2 meters
Cabin Length: 98 inches/248.9 centimeters
Cabin Width: 41.75 inches/106.0 centimeters
Cabin Height: 45.0 inches/114.3 centimeters

Headroom (seat to ceiling):
Front Seats: 38 inches/96.5 centimeters
Rear Seats: 34.5 inches/87.6 centimeters

Fuel Capacity

Usable Fuel: 48 gallons/182 liters

Oil Capacity

Oil Capacity: 8 quarts/7.57 liters


Volume: 26 cubic feet/.74 cubic meters
Capacity: 200 lbs/91 kgs

Maximum Speed

TAS at Gross Weight: 133 kts/246 kmh

Cruising Speeds (kts/kmh)

Normal Cruise Power: 128 kts/237 kmh

Cruise Range

Cruise range includes 45-minute fuel reserve at max cruise
power plus allowance for fuel used during taxi, take-off, climb
at MCP, cruise at stated mixture plus descent.

75 percent @ 6,000 feet: 443 nm/820 km
65 percent @ 6,000 feet: 472 nm/874 km
55 percent @ 6,000 feet: 499 nm/924 km

Stall Speed

Flaps Down Full 40 degrees: IAS 46 kts/IAS 85 kmh

Service Ceiling

Service Ceiling: 13,236 feet/4034 meters

Take-Off Distance

Ground Roll: 1150 feet/351 meters
Total over 50-foot obstacle: 1600 feet/488 meters

Landing Distance

Ground Roll: 920 feet/280 meters
Total over 50-foot obstacle: 1400 feet/427 meters


*a. Standard Useful load is ramp weight minus standard equipped weight.
*b. The standard empty weight and standard equipped weight are the same.
*c. Standard aircraft per marketing.

Contact the Author: Bruce J. Elig CFII/MEI/ATP