Find Out More About Piper’s Cherokee PA28 140 B-E Models

By Jason Zilberbrand

September 9, 2022 Educational

Piper Cherokee PA28 140 B-E

Piper Aircraft

Founded by two brothers, Clarence and Gordon Taylor, in 1927, Piper was first known as the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Just a year later, the company would undergo a name change to Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation due to the death of Gordon Taylor.

When the Great Depression caused the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation to go out of business, Clarence retreated from a career in aviation. In addition to the company’s financial burdens, Clarence was also grieving the death of his brother. This was when investor William Piper stepped in to buy company assets for $761 in 1930 – or about $12,335 in the 21st century.

Also, in 1930, Clarence designed a small, 2-seat aircraft to gauge public interest in smaller aircraft. Originally powered by a 20 horsepower engine, it switched to a 37 horsepower Continental Motors engine for faster performance. Because its original engine was called a “tiger kitten” engine, it earned its new nickname of the “Cub” and was the first Piper aircraft to enter the market. Its design would eventually become legendary.

In the winter of 1935, Piper bought the rest of Clarence’s shares of the company, eventually changing its name to Piper Aircraft Corporation in 1937. Under Piper’s command, Piper Aircraft Corporation produced the J-3 Cub as the L-4 Grasshopper for military use during World War II.

Throughout the years, Piper would continue to make popular, single-piston engine aircraft, using the names of legendary native tribes for many aircraft. A few of these models include the Apache, Cherokee, Aztec, and Archer. 85 years after its foundation, Piper is owned by Textron Aviation – well-known for producing its luxury M-class business aircraft line.

  • Country of Origin: America

Piper Cherokee PA28 140 B-E (1977) Statistics

124 kts

Maximum Speed

625 nm

Maximum Range

4

Maximum Occupants

1964-1977

Range Of Years Manufactured

10,089

Total Aircraft Build

5,106

Current Operational Aircraft

876 lbs

Useful Load

$65,780

Average Sale Value

120

Average Days On Market For Sale

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Piper Cherokee PA28 140 B-E Details

Below include descriptions for the 1969 Cherokee PA28 140B and 1977 Cherokee PA28 140E.

Interior

Piper’s marketing at the time of its 140B launch in the late 1960s boasts more interior room and padded upholstered seating. Towards the front of the plane, both seats are bucket-style, and all other seats are said to be “full-sized.” Its interior panel is a T configuration with a SportsPower console. This model is also designed with ashtrays, seat pockets, panoramic windows, and fiberglass insulation for optimal comfort and soundproofing.

Piper’s later 140E model has reclining seats, a shoulder safety belt, and removable rear seating. Its standard installed control panel leaves room for extra avionics, and it also offers an updated color tone panel, integrated air conditioning system, and improved microphone location and holder.

Exterior

Piper’s 140B features a three-tone Palm Beach exterior, 20 varying color options, and 60 possible color combinations. Its low-wing design and wide-track landing gear are designed to make landing more controllable.

Piper’s 140E is a low-wing plane with a wide-track gear to make landing a smoother experience. It comprises an all-metal construction airframe with an updated dorsal fin and a 2-blade propeller.

Avionics

Piper Cherokee 140B

  • KMA-24 audio panel with markers

  • Dual KX-155 Nav/Comms

  • Garmin GX-335 transponder with ADS-B out

  • Two place intercom

Piper Cherokee 140E

  • Standard TKM radio Nav/Comms

Specifications

Piper Cherokee 140B

  • Configuration: Single Engine, Piston, Fixed Gear

  • Max Seats: 4

  • Max Takeoff Weight: 2,150 lbs.

  • Cruise: 117 kts

  • Range: 625 nm

  • Take Off Run: 800 ft.

  • Landing Roll: 535 ft.

  • Wing Span: 30 ft.

  • Length: 23 ft. 4 in.

  • Height: 7 ft. 3 in.

  • Take Off (50 ft.): 1,700 ft.


Piper Cherokee 140E

  • Configuration: Single Engine, Piston, Fixed Gear

  • Max Seats: 4

  • Max Takeoff Weight: 2,150 lbs.

  • Cruise: 117 kts

  • Range: 625 nm

  • Take Off Run: 800 ft.

  • Landing Roll: 535 ft.

  • Wing Span: 30 ft.

  • Length: 23 ft. 4 in.

  • Height: 7 ft. 3 in.

  • Take Off (50 ft.): 1,700 ft.

Piper Cherokee Models

The following are variations of the Piper Archer, ranging from Piper’s Cherokee model to Pilot 100 and Pilot 100i models.

PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser

This aircraft was first certified on February 14, 1964, and it has a gross weight of 2,150 lbs. Powered by Lycoming O-320-E2A or O-320-E3D engines, this two-seater, fixed landing gear landplane has a horsepower of 150. It has a gross weight of 1,950 lbs.

PA-28-150 Cherokee

This Cherokee has a gross weight of 2,150 lbs. and was first certified on June 2, 1961. It’s a four-seater, fixed landing gear landplane powered by a Lycoming O-320-A2B or O-320-E2A engine with 150 horsepower.

PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior

The gross weight came to 2,325 lbs. and was first certified on August 9, 1973. This aircraft features a tapered wing change from the PA-28-150, and this variation is where the Warrior name is first introduced. This fixed-gear aircraft seats four and is powered by a Lycoming O-320-E3D engine with 150 horsepower.

PA-28-160 Cherokee

With a gross weight of 2,200 lbs., this Cherokee was first certified on October 31, 1960. This four-place, fixed landing gear aircraft is equipped with either a Lycoming O-320-B2B or O-320-D2A engine of 160 horsepower.

PA-28-161 Warrior II

This aircraft seats four and is powered by either a Lycoming O-320-D3G or an O-320-D2A engine of 160 horsepower. On November 2, 1976, it had a gross weight set at 2,325 lbs. during its initial certification, and it increased slightly by the time it received its second certification to 2,440 lbs. Changes from its predecessor include a tapered wing.

PA-28-161 Warrior III

This Warrior variation received its first certification on July 1, 1994. It is powered by a Lycoming O-320-D3G engine of 160 horsepower with a gross weight of 2,440 lbs.

PA-28-180 Cherokee

This aircraft has a gross weight of 2,400 lbs. and received its first certification on August 3, 1962. It seats four, is a fixed landing gear landplane, and is equipped with either a Lycoming O-360-A3A or O-360-A4A engine of 180 horsepower.

PA-28-180 Archer

The first Archer was certified on May 22, 1972. The PA-28-180 Cherokee changes feature a five-inch fuselage extension, wing span increase, larger horizontal tail, gross weight increase, and other minor changes. This PA version from Piper has a Lycoming O-360-A4A or O-360-A4M engine of 180 horsepower and a gross weight of 2,450 lbs.

PA-28-181 Archer II

The second Archer received its first certification on July 8, 1975. It features a refreshed tapered wing. Powered by a Lycoming O-360-A4M or O-360-A4A engine of 180 horsepower, this aircraft has a gross weight of 2,550 lbs.

PA-28-181 Archer III

The third and final Archer III was certified on August 30, 1994. It is a four-seater, fixed landing gear landplane powered by a Lycoming O-360-A4M engine of 180 horsepower with a gross weight of 2,550 lbs.

PA-28-201T Turbo Dakota

Piper’s turbocharged Dakota has a gross weight of 2,900 lbs. and received its first certification on December 14, 1978. It’s equipped with a Continental TSIO-360-FB engine of 200 horsepower.

PA-28-235 Cherokee Pathfinder

The Pathfinder has a gross weight of 2,900 lbs. and received its first certification on July 15, 1963. It is powered by a Lycoming O-540-B2B5, O-540-B1B5, or O-540-B4B5 engine of 235 horsepower.

PA-28-235 Cherokee Pathfinder

Piper’s updated Pathfinder was first certified on June 9, 1972. It features a five-inch fuselage extension, wing span increase, larger horizontal tail, and gross weight increase. It is a fixed landing gear landplane equipped with a Lycoming O-540-B4B5 engine of 235 horsepower at a gross weight of 3,000 lbs.

PA-28-236 Dakota

The Dakota was first certified on June 1, 1978, with a refreshed tapered wing. It has a Lycoming O-540-J3A5D engine of 235 horsepower and a gross weight of 3,000 lbs.

PA-28S-160 Cherokee

First certified on February 25, 1963, this Cherokee is a four-seater, fixed landing gear seaplane equipped with a Lycoming O-320-D2A engine of 160 horsepower. It has a gross weight of 2,140 lbs.

PA-28S-180 Cherokee

This Cherokee seaplane variation is powered by a Lycoming O-360-A3A or O-360-A4A engine of 180 horsepower and has a gross weight of 2,222 lbs. It received its first certification on May 10, 1963.

PA-28R-180 Arrow

Entering the Arrow series of the line, this four-place, retractable landing gear landplane comes with a Lycoming IO-360-B1E engine of 180 horsepower and a gross weight of 2,500 lbs. It was first certified on June 8, 1967.

PA-28R-200 Arrow

Just two years after the initial Arrow, this version received its certification on January 16, 1969. It’s a four-place, retractable landing gear landplane with a Lycoming IO-360-C1C engine of 200 horsepower and a gross weight of 2,600 lbs.

PA-28R-200 Arrow II

Changes from the 1969 Arrow include a five-inch fuselage extension, wing span increase, and larger horizontal tail. Arrow II received its certification on December 2, 1971. It’s a four-seat, retractable landing gear landplane with a Lycoming IO-360-C1C or C1C6 engine of 200 horsepower. Its gross weight increased slightly to 2,650 lbs.

PA-28R-201 Arrow III

This aircraft was first certified on November 2, 1976. The third Arrow is also a four-place, retractable landing gear landplane with a different Lycoming IO-360-C1C6 engine of 200 horsepower and has a gross weight of 2,750 lbs.

PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III

The turbo variation of the Arrow series increased its gross weight to 2,900 lbs. It received its certification on November 2, 1976, and its non-turbo version. It seats four, is a retractable landing gear landplane, and comes equipped with either a turbocharged Continental TSIO-360-F or TSIO-360-FB engine of 200 horsepower.

PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV

This four-seater Arrow was first certified on November 13, 1978, with a T-tail design. It has a retractable landing gear with a Lycoming IO-360-C1C6 engine of 200 horsepower and a gross weight of 2,750 lbs.

PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV

The Arrow IV has retractable landing gear, a T-tail, a gross weight of 2,900 lbs., and was first certified on November 13, 1978. It is powered by a Continental TSIO-360-FB engine of 200 horsepower and seats four.

PA-28-161 Cadet

The only existing Cadet is a two-place, fixed landing gear landplane with either a Lycoming O-320-D2A or -D3G engine of 160 horsepower. The Cadet replaced the PA-38 Tomahawk trainer in the late 1980s. However, this aircraft features the older Cherokee’s 2-side window fuselage with the later tapered wing. Its gross weight decreased from its predecessor to 2,325 lbs.

Archer DX

The Archer DX was introduced at AERO Friedrichshafen in April of 2014. Its turbocharged version balances at full power up to over 10,000 ft. and climbs at 700 to 500 ft./min. At 86 knots. Cruise fuel flow is 4.2 to 6.3 US gal at 50 to 75% power and a 100 to 117 knots IAS. You must replace the engine every 2,100 hours.

The Archer DX features a compression-ignition engine that is simpler to operate, avoiding starting difficulties, carburetor icing or propeller and mixture controls, and the liquid cooling does not suffer shock cooling in a rapid descent. This variation reverts to four seats with fixed landing gear and a turbocharged Continental CD-155 diesel engine with 155 horsepower.

Pilot 100 and Pilot 100i

The Pilot 100 and Pilot 100i were to be seen as low-cost VFR and IFR trainers, respectively, for the flight training market in 2019. The VFR features a fixed landing gear and 180 horsepower Continental Prime IO-370-D3A engine. Avionics include a Garmin G3X with Touch Certification.

The IFR variation contains a GFC500 autopilot system, a 2-side-window fuselage with the later tapered wing, no baggage door, no air conditioning, and no instruments on the right-hand panel. The 100 offers a two-place seating standard function rear third seat with push-to-talk and Bluetooth functions, and Bluetooth is standard on the i100 and optional on the 100. These new versions were type certified in December 2020 in the United States and in August 2021 in Europe.

Top Piper Cherokee Questions

The following are answers to FAQs about the Piper Cherokee.

How Much Is A New Piper Cherokee?

Piper’s newest Cherokee model is the Archer LX. With advanced avionics, updated interior, package upgrades, and more, a 2022 Piper Archer LX has an estimated retail value of $494,783.

Is A Piper Cherokee 140 A Good Plane?

Pilots are big fans of Piper’s PA28 140 because while it isn’t the fastest plane out there, it is reliable. It’s reasonably easy to fly and is known for being stable and docile. It is occasionally called the “Toyota Camry” of the skies because of its dependability, simplicity to use, and solid reputation.

How Fast Is A Piper Cherokee 140?

Depending on the model you purchase, the speed ranges. Looking at Cherokee models produced from 1964 to 1977, the 140 has a normal cruise speed of 118 knots and a top speed of 124 knots.

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