Used Aircraft Guide

January 2008 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Piper Arrow

The variety of wing, tail and engine combinations means thereís an entry-level Piper retractable meeting almost any mission or budget.

Piperís Arrow isnít the fastest, the roomiest or the most stylish single-engine retractable available on the used market. Butójust as all cross-country airplanes are compromises-it has enough of those qualities to give it enduring popularity. And it might be the most economical, if you donít mind giving up some cruise speed to others in its class, like a Mooney or Bonanza. It also has the advantage of not being an orphanóthe Arrow is still being made. Since itís little more than a retractable Cherokee, the Arrow is a logical step-up airplane for pilots accustomed to Piperís fixed-gear four-seaters. Moving from one cockpit to the other, everything will be familiar, from gauge placement to systems to handling and procedures. Thatís no accident, of course: Offering a full line of airplanes was the basic marketing model for all of the major manufacturers in the 1960s and 1970s. As they started out in two-seat trainers, pilots were encouraged to step up into similar four-place, fixed-gear models, then to retractables from the same blood line.

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