Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II N686J

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The ideal training platform

Warriors are primarily distinguished from their Cherokee predecessors by their double-tapered wing planform and two-foot-wider wingspans. Earlier Cherokee wings have the blocky, squarish, constant-chord wing planforms that came to be known as "Hershey Bar" wings. The first of the Warrior series came out in 1974. (Those in the first model year were actually given the Challenger appellation but this was quickly dropped in favor of the Warrior name, to stay consistent with the rest of Piper's Native American-inspired nomenclature.) Warriors carried the PA28-151 designation and racked up 1,898 sales until 1977. That's when the Warrior II (PA28-161) came out. This airplane had 10 more horsepower and was a big hit, with 3,374 sales. The Warrior II advertised a 127-knot cruise speed at 75-percent power (compared to the Warrior's 109 knots). Part of the speed increase was from the more powerful engine; the rest came from improved wheel-fairing aerodynamics. From 1988 to 1990, some Warriors were dubbed Cadets, which were aimed at the trainer market, featured an austere trim package, and could be ordered with either VFR or IFR avionics. This airplane is still in production today, as the Warrior III model. From its inception, the PA-28 was meant to be an inexpensive airplane that offered benign (safe) flight characteristics and reasonable performance. The stabilator, sometimes described as a flying tail, is one of the Warrior's distinguishing features. The entire horizontal tail pivots as one to act as the elevator. While it gives pilots a lot of pitch control, the stabilator was primarily used because it was considered more economical to build than a conventional stabilizer/elevator.



Engine:   1977 Piper Cherokee Warrior                   PA-28-151   1977 Piper Cherokee   Warrior II
  2007 Piper Cherokee Warrior III
Model Lyc. O-320-E3D Lyc. O-320-D2A Lyc. O-320-D3G
No. Cylinders 4 4 4
Displacement 319.8 319.8 319.8
HP 150 160 160
Carbureted Or Fuel Injected Carbureted Carbureted Carbureted
Fixed Pitch/ Constant Speed Propeller Fixed Pitch Fixed Pitch Fixed Pitch
Fuel Capacity 50 gallons 50 gallons 50 gallons
Min. Octane Fuel 80 100 100
Avg. Fuel Burn at 75% power in standard conditions per hour 8.4 gallons About 8.5-10 gallons Unknown
Weights and Capacities:      
Takeoff/Landing Weight Normal Category 2,325 lbs. 2,325 lbs. 2,440 lbs.
Takeoff/Landing Weight Utility Category 1,950 lbs. 2,020 lbs. 2,020 lbs.
Standard Empty Weight 1,336 lbs. 1,391 lbs. 1,539 lbs.
Max. Useful Load Normal Category 989 lbs. 934 lbs. 901 lbs.
Max. Useful Load Utility Category 614 lbs. 629 lbs. 481 lbs
Baggage Capacity 200 lbs. 200 lbs. 200 lbs.
Oil Capacity 8 quarts 8 quarts 8 quarts
Do Not Exceed Speed 153 KCAS 153 KCAS 160 KCAS
Max. Structural Cruising Speed 122 KCAS 122 KCAS 126 KCAS
Stall Speed Clean 44 Knots 50 Knots Unknown
Stall Speed Landing Configuration 38 Knots 44 Knots 44 KIAS
Climb Best Rate 650 FPM 710 FPM Unknown
Wing Loading 13.7 lbs./sq. ft. 13.7 lbs./sq. ft. Unknown
Power Loading 15.5 lbs./hp 14.5 lbs./hp. Unknown
Service Ceiling 12,700 ft. 13,000 ft. 11,000

1 45 minute Fuel Reserves, 75% Power @ 12,000 ft.
2 Distance to 50 feet above the runway.



Garmin GNS430

Bendix/King KX155 NAV/COM

Bengix/King K776A Transponder



IO-320-C1C6, 160 hp


PA-28-161 Warrior II Weight and Balance Calculator




Rental Rates

Wet Rate: $140.00 Per Hobbs Hour.


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