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Single Engine Piston Piper Lance Aircraft Information
Produced by Piper Aircraft, the Piper Lance is a six-seat, high-performance, single engine, all-metal fixed-wing aircraft. The PA-32R design began as the Piper Lance, a retractable gear version of the Piper Cherokee Six. However, later models are known as Saratogas. The Saratoga as a tapered wing replacing the "Hershey bar" wing on the Lance. The capacity of the PA-32R is one crew member and five passengers. The empty weight is 2011 lb (912 kg) and the gross weight is 3600 lb (1633 lb). The cruise speed is 160 mph (258 km/h) and the maximum speed is 190 mph (306 km/h).
The PA-32R-300 was produced from 1976 to 1978 and marketed as the Piper Lance model and the Turbo Lance. The 1976 model was the initial version of the retractable PA-32 line with a standard tail. Later models featured a tail modified to a "T" design with a stabilator moved to the top of the vertical tail. Beginning with the PA-32RT-300 model the Cherokee name was dropped and the model as known as the Piper Lance II. The Lance II also had the "T" tail arrangement. The PA-32RT-300T is a turbocharged aircraft known as the Turbo Lance II. The PA-32R-301 was produced from 1980 to 2007. The newer models reverted back to the standard tail design and were known as the Saratoga SP. Several cosmetic and system updated were done in 1993 and the PA-32R-301 was redesignated the Saratoga II HP. The PA-32R-301T is known as the Turbo Saratoga SP and is turbocharged. In 1997 the model received a new Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A engine and named the Saratoga II TC.