The Piper Archer LX is the four-seater single-engine for tourism marketed by Piper Aircraft since 2010.

The Piper Archer, derived from the historic PA-28 family, was in production until 2009, later, due to a corporate restructuring and the Piper Aircraft brand, it returned to the market in 2010 under the name Archer LX, a new version which inherits the lines and some characteristic details of the past but with the inclusion of some improvements, the most important from the technological point of view is the installation of the Garmin G1000 NXi integrated glass cockpit.

L'ultimo modello di Piper Archer LX
The latest version Piper Archer LX

Overview

The Piper PA-28 single-engine family was conceived by John Thorp and Fred Weick in 1960 as aircraft intended for flight schools and private aircraft pilots.

The Piper PA-28 had a remarkable success at that time, years in which, however, other giants of private aviation were present on the market such as Cessna, Beechcraft and Mooney and with which Piper was in constant competition to grab the part of the market destined for private and touring aircraft, just think of the C172, the Musketeer and the Sierra.

One of the key factors in the success of the PA-28 series is that this family of aircraft covered a wide range of layouts and configurations. In fact, in the following fifty years, Piper Aircraft has produced over 40 different models of PA-28 with powers from 140 to 250 HP. In addition, the PA-28 has gained popularity over time thanks to its reliability, safety and versatility.

The new Piper Archer LX therefore inherits the characteristic design of that era, the lines not too modern with curiously old-fashioned details such as the classic navigation lights instead of LED. The Archer LX is the perfect private single-engine aircraft for weekend company flights.

 

Description

The Piper Archer LX is a four-seater low-wing single engine and normally aspirated piston engine Lycoming O-360-A4M from 180 HP. It is driven by a two-blade, fixed pitch propeller of the Sensenich.

The exterior design is very similar to its predecessors of the PA-28 family and is derived directly from the Cherokeee 180. The access to the cabin is in the most classic PA-28 style: from the passenger seat side.

Another characteristic feature is the lack of the balancer, in fact, the tail planes have stabilator, the fusion between elevator and stabilizer in a single wing profile.

L'accesso in cabina è nel più classico stile PA-28, dal lato passeggero.
Access to the cabin is in the most classic PA-28 style, on the passenger side.

 

The leather interiors with a renewed style are spacious and bright. The load capacity is sufficiently large and can be brought up to 90Kg sacrificing, however, part of the full tank of fuel where all passengers occupy the seats, a characteristic peculiarity of the four-seater.

Avionics

The Piper Archer LX is equipped with the latest generation Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpit. The default configuration includes the following components:

  • Garmin G1000 NXi Avionics Suite
  • Single 10.4” GDU 1050 PFD
  • Single 10.4” GDU 1050 MFD
  • Garmin Flite Charts
  • Garmin SafeTaxi
  • GMA 1360 Digital Audio Panel
  • GTX 335R Transponder
  • Aspen Standby EFD 1000

 

Glass cockpit Garmin G1000 NXi del nuovo Piper Archer LX
Glass cockpit Garmin G1000 NXi del nuovo Piper Archer LX

Data sheet in standard configuration

Engine Lycoming O-360-A4M 180 HP
Propellers (2 blades) Sensenich fixed-pitch
Maximum Takeoff Weight 1,157 kg
Standard Equipped Weight 766 kg
Maximum Ramp Weight 1.160 kg
Useful Load 395 kg
Usable Fuel Capacity 182 L
Take-Off Distance (50 ft) 490 m
Landing Distance (50 ft) 427 m
Max Range 967 km
Maximum Cruise Speed 237 km/hr
*Data collected by Piper Aircraft
 

References:

https://www.piper.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020_Archer-LX-Single-Spec-Sheet_LoRes.pdf

https://www.pilotweb.aero/features/flight-tests/piper-archer-lx-1-1709066

https://www.lycoming.com/sites/default/files/O-360-A4M%20Parts%20Catalog%20PC-306-A4M.pdf