A High-Fidelity Piper Arrow III (PA-28R) For Microsoft Flight Simulator.

A HighFidelity Piper Arrow III (PA44) For Microsoft Flight Simulator.

By: David Michael Edwards B.S., M.B.A.

Dave’s Professional LinkedIn Profile can be viewed by Clicking You Left Mouse Button RIGHT HERE.

Since its founding in 1937, the Piper Aircraft Corporation has provided a robust, stable, reliable, and safe portfolio of aircraft to the business, personal, and trainer sectors of the aircraft sales market.

“Decades later, and more than 6,000 units after the Piper Arrow was introduced, it is still in Piper’s new-product lineup. The Arrow may be a good choice for a pilot with little complex aircraft experience or one who does not fly often. It was designed to be an easy step up for pilots transitioning from a trainer to a single with retractable landing gear and controllable-pitch propeller. The primary reason is that the Arrow is a simple retractable to fly. It has the same predictable handling as the Cherokee line of singles in which many pilots have learned to fly, but it’s a little faster and sexier, thanks to its retractable gear. The Arrow has just enough power to keep the scenery going by at a satisfying pace, yet not enough to get you into trouble.

The Arrow’s most unique feature is the automatic gear. Piper anticipated that most of the people who would be flying Arrows would have little or no experience in retractables. To ease their transition into complex aircraft, Piper designed a system that, operated properly, makes it extremely difficult to land wheels-up. The mechanism prevents the gear from being retracted on takeoff until a safe climb speed is reached and automatically lowers the gear when power and airspeed are reduced below a certain point.

Sorting through the plethora of changes in the Arrow models to find the one with the best combination of performance, comfort and price is enough to confuse the most determined shopper. The Arrow has undergone a long evolution, but there have been four improvements that have had the most significant effects on performance, utility and comfort: The introduction of a 200-horsepower model in 1969, a five inch stretch of the fuselage in 1972, 77 gallon tanks in 1977 and the introduction of a turbocharged model that year. Piper also increased the wingspan, enlarged the stabilator, dressed up the interior, changed the wing planform and introduced a T-tail model,” According to Mark R. Twombly, AOPA PILOT, June 1986.

The above quoted Piper Arrow Overview, Performance Summary, and Aircraft Specifications can be read at the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (A.O.P.A.) by Clicking Your Left Mouse Button Twice, RIGHT HERE.

I have personally flown the Piper Arrow from the left pilots seat on at least a couple of occasions, including a challenging pacific northwest instrument meteorological conditions (I.M.C.) cross-country flight, which was frankly scary. Specifically, the flight round-robin (i.e. round-trip flight) was from Hillsboro, Oregon (KHIO) to Yakima, Washington (KYKM) with essentially full Instrument Flight Rules (I.F.R.) for the entire flight and in I.M.C. (i.e. in the clouds with no visibility) for essentially the whole flight from shortly after takeoff to final from the Instrument Landing System (I.L.S.) approach. My flight instructor handled all the flight planning, ATC Clearance, radio communications, Filled the tanks with fuel, etc. The flight to KYKM was very fun and pleasant with an approximate one-hour flight time, give or take. My flight instructor filled the tanks full of fuel at KYKM during our short break on the ground, no landing fees and/or access fees at that time for us at KYKM. On the way back I noted our ground speed was very to extremely slow. In at least one instant, our ground speed was actively indicating nearly zero knots, if not zero knots. We may have even had a negative ground speed with normal cruise power settings at one point, due to the Columbia Gorge Winds. We landed back at KHIO with about a three-hour flight time for the return flight (KYKM to KHIO);; from what I recall. To note, aircraft structural or engine, albeit a non-carbureted fuel injected engine, was not a significant or alarming concern and/or issue(s). While fuel levels entering the critical (yellow), red, or emergency criteria triggers did not occur;; it was most certainly on my mind! Fortunately, I didn’t have to change my pristinely and sparkly stark white Hanes brand underwear briefs, shorts, and/or blue jeans following the flight back to KHIO;;; yet the experience gave me a genuine appreciation for keeping me Calm, Cool and Always being Prepared, as much as reasonably possible, and being Flexible when required. Overall, have I found the Piper Arrow complex, low-wing, and retractable gear aircraft to be Solid, Safe, and a Pleasant Pleasure to handle and fly.

Carenado, a South American third-party (3rd party) aircraft developer has released their high-fidelity version of the Piper Arrow III (PA28R), which is no longer in current Piper Aircraft Corporation production, for the Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Detail product specifications and screenshots can be found by Clicking your Left Mouse Button Twice, RIGHT HERE.

The aircraft can be purchased only within the Microsoft Flight Simulator MarketPlace for a Reasonable $24.95 United States Dollars. Payment options within the Microsoft Flight Simulator MarketPlace include: Standard Credit Cards, Standard Debit Cards, PayPal, etc.

Testing Specifications:

Customized & Hand-Crafted Hardware Setup: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10980XE CPU @ 3.00GHz (Eighteen [18]-Core Central Processing Units [C.P.U’s.], Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R ARGB Close-Loop AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, ASUS WS X299 SAGE LGA 2066 Intel X299 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 CEB Motherboard, One-hundred and twenty-eight (128) Gigabytes (GB) of Dual Channel Random Access Memory (R.A.M.) DDR4000 by GSkill RipJaws, NVIDIA RTX 3090 Graphics Processing Unit (G.P.U.) with twenty-four (24) GB of G6X video R.A.M., Rosewill 1,200 Watt power supply, 4x Solid State Drives (S.S.D’s) two [2] are made by Western Digital, Rosewill ATX mid-sized case, Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, Oregon [OR]. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and a Dell 4K Ultrasharp 43 inch (43″) monitor Dell U4320Q.

Sound Card: Sound Blaster AE7.

Speakers: Logitech Z906 (Lucas Arts THX, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Theater Sound [D.T.S.] Certified).

Notes: 1) All testing and screenshots in this review were taken at full native 4K (UltraHD, UHD) (3840 x 2160) Resolution. 2) All flight testing was conducted in the contiguous (lower 48) states of United States of America (U.S.A.) here on the terrestrial surface and/or crust of Planet Earth.

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