Piper aircraft for sale

Piper Aircraft Inc. made its name by producing a range of popular single and twin-engine aircraft, beginning with the J-2 Cub in 1936, and the famous PA-28 Cherokee series of light single-engine aircraft.

After a flood destroyed its Lock Haven facility in 1972, the company lost most of it’s tooling for the Piper Navajo, Piper Aztec types – and put an end to the popular PA-24 Comanche and PA-30 Twin Comanche.

But the company continued to become one of the ‘Big 3’ light aircraft producers alongside Cessna and Beechcraft, designing and manufacturing some of the most docile, reliable and easy-to-maintain light aircraft in history.

With significant backing by the Brunei Government, the company now offers well-known flight trainers like the Piper Pilot 100i (a PA-28 airframe with modern avionics), the Archer and Seminole – as well as the M350, M500 personal touring aircraft.

Light Aircraft Sales offers a range of Piper aircraft for sale. Ask our expert brokers about Piper aircraft for sale in Australia, New Zealand – or let us source an aircraft for your needs from the region, or around the world.

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Piper – Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Are you in the market to Buy a Piper or Sell your Piper? Learn the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions relating to buying and selling Piper aircraft.

Contact us for more information, or if you need your specific Piper aircraft questions answered.

No. The main difference between a high-wing and a low-wing is in the landing. A phenomenon called ‘ground affect’ (the squishing of air between the wing and the ground) is more pronounced in a low wing as the aircraft enters the ‘flare’ (final) stage of landing closer to the ground.

It just means a little more ‘patience’ is required’ during the flare while speed and lift decrease, to get the aircraft to ‘sink’. That’s it! Don’t worry about the transition from high to low wing. It’s very easy and just takes some practice.

There’s also some other differences like visibility! A Piper low-wing provides better visibility from the horizontal up, whereas a high wing provides better visibility towards the ground. The choice is yours!

The PA-28 ‘Cherokee’ family of aircraft ranging in power (140HP-300HP), performance and size. Beginning with the PA-28 Cherokee 150 in 1961, through to the PA-28 Warrior in 1974 and the Warrior II in 1977.

Other variants in the family included the PA-28 235 Pathfinder, PA-28 236 Dakota, PA-28 181 Archer and the PA-28 Arrow range (a CSU / retract).

In recent times, the PA-28 designation has been dropped, but the airframes remain almost identical, with Piper marketing the 180HP Archer DX / LX, DX/DLX (155HP), and the Pilot 100i (180HP).

Piper, Beechcraft and Cessna are the three big light aircraft manufacturers, and as such, the parts available for the types are easy to find and replace (generally speaking). That’s not to say there isn’t a premium on aircraft parts – there is! The ownership of a Piper is very similar in financial costs in terms of maintenance. One’s LAME might argue that Piper aircraft have generally better access to key areas of engine and airframe – and we believe this is true, depending on the variant.

The Cessna SIDs program was very expensive during the period circa. 2014-2121, so if you owned a Cessna then – hmm, you’ll know how it hurt the back pocket. A Piper does have its AD’s to get through though, pertaining to the airframe in particular (again depending on variant).

As the most popular Piper and Cessna aircraft utilise Lycoming engines (with some featuring the Teledyne Continental), the key engine running costs are very similar, and the engines are both reliable and (relatively) easy to maintain.

 

For example, a 1979 PA-28 Piper Warrior II would offer the same running costs as the Cessna 172M model of a similar vintage, as a rule. It’s down to personal preference!

The answer depends on your mission. We always advise our Buyers to look at what 80% of their flying WILL, in reality, look like. How many passengers, how often, to where? If this question is answered truthfully, there’s a Piper twin that will fit your needs.

Some examples include the PA-44 Piper Seminole – a light, four seat ‘sports car’ perfect for twin endorsement and IFR flight training, or for 2-3 people to business commute. The PA-30 Piper Twin Comanche is similar – powered by two 160HP Lycoming IO-320 engines; once in the cruise at altitude, the efficiency per NM is matched by very few light twins available.

Staying in the light twin class, but moving up a notch, the PA-34 Seneca is an excellent 6-seat tourer. Avoiding the earlier models is a matter of preference. There were some handling issues – and the two 180HP engines were later upgraded in the Seneca III in 1981. Again, it’s down to running cost and personal preference – we believe the type is an excellent option for those wanting a true 5-seater (plus fuel and bags) and the safety of an extra set of horses.

The cost of ownership of a PA-28 Piper Warrior or PA-28-140 can vary significantly with unexpected maintenance items, cost of fuel and other items, but assuming the aircraft has been maintained in accordance with the airframe AD’s, the costs based on a 100 hour flight time per year (no hangarage) are roughly as follows:

  • Maintenance (annual and other) AUD$6,000
  • Fuel and oil (based on Avgas AUD$3.00 per litre) AUD$9,000
  • Insurance (based on hull value of AUD$100,000) AUD$4,000
  • Other costs AUD $1,000

Total costs per annum: AUD$20,000 (AUD$200.00 per hour flown)

While more units of the 1938 Piper J-3 Cub were built than any other Piper model, in today’s market there are relatively few still in existence. In more modern times, it’s the PA-28-140 Cherokee & Warrior models that are the most common still flying, with over 21,000 produced between 1961 and the mid-1980’s when production ceased.

The PA-28-140 and PA-28-161 Warrior and Warrior II are, in our experience, the most popular types, with the 180 horsepower PA-28-181 Archer a very close second. The difference in the 160hp and 180hp model is significant in terms of performance and so those wanting a truer 4-seat commuter often opt to pay extra (sometimes 25-30% more than a Warrior) for the privilege.

Yes! Originally Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Co. in 1927, the business went broke and was purchased by William T Piper in the late 1930’s for USD$761.

Through the years, the company has been bought, sold and been bankrupted by changes in demanding economic circumstances, but the product line remains sound – and has ongoing demand, particularly in light of the need to train more pilots for the world’s airliners.

Boeing’s Availl was named the sole parts distribution partner for the business, while Piper itself is controlled by Imprimus, a Brunei Government controlled company. With large orders from China and the UK for flight training aircraft, the company is producing Archer, Seminole, M350/500 and M600 models.