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N9179J – ’65 Piper Cherokee 180

Hourly rate $105

NOTE: Use 100LL fuel in this airplane.

NOTE: Do not operate the engine over the tachometer red line or in the red zone between 2150 and 2350 rpm.

NOTE: Logs and other required books are behind the pilot’s seat, behind the copilot’s seat, and in the folder in the baggage compartment. They should stay in the aircraft at all times.

N9179J Cherokee



IFR equipped with:

  • KX155 comm/nav with glide slope
  • Terra Tri-Nav C VOR
  • Apollo 2001 NMS GPS (limited to VFR use only
  • KT76 transponder

NOTE: The time to learn how to use these instruments is before you fly, not during flight. They are not always intuitive or easy to figure out, but do an excellent job for you when you understand them. Study the books first.

Tips on using the Terra COM: Enter the desired frequency in the standby window, then push the transfer (flip-flop) switch. The faster you rotate the knob, the more the frequencies jump when you set them. If you go too fast, it jumps right over frequencies. You can program 9 channels into memory – see the book. There is a way to bring up 121.5 (emergency) if you lose display lights – see the book.

Terra VOR and CDI operation. A switch sets the digital readout to TO, FROM, or OBS. Use the OBS knob to select the OBS radial desired. The Course Deviation Bar indicates deviation from the selected course. The ends of the display bars have arrows to point to the direction to fly to get on the radial selected. The more bars displayed, the farther you are from the course. See the book for examples and tips.

There is a toggle switch to start and reset a second timer.


Power Plant
Lycoming O-360-A3A
Rated hp 180
Fuel consumption (75%hp, gph) 10
Oil sump cap (qts) 8
Min octane 91/96. Use 100LL

NOTE – be sure to use the weight and balance information in the airplane. The following is general data found in the POH.

Gross weight, lbs 2400
Empty weight (std, lbs) 1230
USEFUL LOAD (std, lbs) 1170

Fuel and Oil
Fuel capacity (std, gal) 50
Oil capacity (qts) 8


Maximum baggage lbs 200


Take-off run, ft 720 (this is maximum effort using 25% flaps)
Best rate of climb speed (mph) 85
Best angle of climb speed (mph) 74
Recommended enroute climb speed (mph) 100
Rate of climb (ft/min) 750
Absolute ceiling 16,400
Top speed (mph) 152
Cruising speed (75% power, sea level mph) 134
Optimum cruising speed (75% power, 7,000 ft, mph) 143
Cruising range (75% power, sea level, std fuel) 5 hrs
Cruising range (75% power, 7,000 ft, std fuel) 5 hrs.|
Optimum cruising range (55% power, 10,000 ft, std fuel, 7.2 hgp) 6.8 hrs, 845 mi.

Stalling speed (flaps down, mph) 57
Stalling speed (flaps up, mph) 66
Landing rolls (flaps down, ft.) 600

Best glide speed (mph) 85

Information provided on this page is intended only for general orientation of this aircraft capabilities. They are not guaranteed to be current and should not be used for flight planning purposes. Always check current data in aircraft’s POH.

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November  2015


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