• Review: A2A Simulations - Cherokee 180 + Accu-Sim

    PA-28 Cherokee 180

    Publisher: A2A Simulations

    Review Author:
    Ray Andersen

    Suggested Price:
    $49.99

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    A2A Simulations Cherokee 180

    Intro

    The PA-28 Cherokee 180 is a single engine, low wing, four seat, unpressurized utility and general aviation aircraft built by Piper Aircraft since the early 1960's. The aircraft features a tricycle landing gear and is an all-metal construction powered by a piston engine. Actually, the PA28-180 also had a variant on floats instead of the standard landing gear.

    The Cherokee 180 is one of the members of the PA28 family, which also covers aircraft like the Warrior, the Arrow, the Dakota and the Archer as well as the former known Cherokee Six. The first flight and the introduction of the Cherokee series were in 1960 and the aircraft went into full production already in 1961 with the 150 and 160 versions.

    A2A Simulations Cherokee 180     A2A Simulations Cherokee 180

    In 1962 Piper started the production of the 180 which featured a Lycoming O-360 piston engine with 180 horsepower (134 kW) and already in 1968 the PA28-180 received a modification to the push/pull style engine throttle controls, so they now were quadrant levers instead. Furthermore, an extra window was added on both sides giving a more modern look to the fuselage. However, the PA28-180 reviewed here is one of the earlier versions that does not feature this modification.

    General Information & Aircraft Specs

    • Produced by: Piper Aircraft
    • National Origin: USA
    • First Flight: 1960 (Cherokee series)
    • Introduction: 1962 (180 variant)
    • Role: Training, Utility and GA
    • Produced: 32,778+ (Cherokee series in total)
    • Developed from: PA28-150 and-160
    • Status: Active
    A2A Simulations Cherokee 180
    • Crew: 1 Pilot
    • Capacity: 3 Passengers
    • Length: 23' 7.03"
    • Height: 7' 3.30"
    • Wingspan: 30'
    • Empty Weight: 1,350 lbs (Accu-Sim)
    • MTOW: 2,400 lbs
    • Power Plant: Lycoming O-360 Piston Engine 180 horsepower (134 kW)
    • Max Speed VNE: 171 mph
    • Max Cruise Speed VNO: 140 mph IAS
    • Max Flaps Ext. Speed VFE: 115 mph IAS
    • Range: 680 - 840 miles depending on ALT and power setting
    • Service Ceiling: 16,000' according to datasheet
    • Rate of Climb: 625'/min AVE from Ground level to 5,000'
    • Takeoff Dist Over 50': 1,620' at MSL level with 25° flaps and 2,400 lbs
    • LD Dist Over 50': 1,150' at MSL level with 40° flaps and no wind
    • Stall Speed: 57.5 mph (flaps down) (50 knots)

    A2A Simulations Cherokee 180


    11 Comments
    1. cddr's Avatar
      cddr -
      You have not shown the maintenance hangar, walk around or indeed most of the superb features of this aircraft which puts it in a different category than ordinary flightsim aircraft.

      Regards
    1. W33's Avatar
      W33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cddr View Post
      You have not shown the maintenance hangar, walk around or indeed most of the superb features of this aircraft which puts it in a different category than ordinary flightsim aircraft.

      Regards
      See page 4 for the walk around!

      *******

      Excellent review Ray, enjoyed the read immensely (must have taken you some time).

      W33
    1. wblackret's Avatar
      wblackret -
      Excellent review Ray. I have their Cessna's, 172 & 182, and the Piper J3 Cub. I have a PPL and have flown in both the 172 and 182. Flight characteristics appear to be spot on and I get many hours of simulation time and enjoyment from all three. Hope to add more of their aircraft in time. Their support forum is awesome too. There is a ton of information and the staff and other members never hesitate to help you out with any questions or problems. They're a classy group.
    1. RaysAviation's Avatar
      RaysAviation -
      Quote Originally Posted by cddr View Post
      You have not shown the maintenance hangar, walk around or indeed most of the superb features of this aircraft which puts it in a different category than ordinary flightsim aircraft.

      Regards

      Hi cddr,
      I am always open for positive criticism but I am not sure I agree or understand why you write that the maintenance hangar or the pre-flight inspection is not included. In this online review there is on page 4 a picture from the maintenance hangar and on page 5 you have a picture from one of the points on the pre-flight inspection.
      Also I start out the Flights Dynamics section with an introduction to both the pre-flight inspection and the maintenance hangar which in my opinion is superb.

      I don't know what other features you are missing in the review, but I have included a lot of details about the add-on as e.g. the needles in the gauges that are affected when e.g. taxiing etc... awesome detail which is also mentioned in the review.

      When I did this test and review I also published a photo album on my public Facebook page named Rays Aviation - you are very welcome to visit, and here you will find even more pictures - also from the pre-flight inspection.

      /Ray
    1. RaysAviation's Avatar
      RaysAviation -
      Quote Originally Posted by W33 View Post
      See page 4 for the walk around!

      *******

      Excellent review Ray, enjoyed the read immensely (must have taken you some time).

      W33
      Hi W33,

      Thanks - and yes this review took a looong time to finish, but that was simply because the add-on was so interesting that I probably flew 3 times the test flights that I normally do :-). Absolutely an add-on worth recommending.

      /Ray
    1. flightman's Avatar
      flightman -
      Nice detailed review of this great addon. I was a bit puzzled about the the reviewer's comment that flap rate was right. In the real aircraft the flap operation is manual and so the rate will be as fast or slow as you pull the lever. Still that's a minor detail.

      This addon has so much atmosphere. It remains my favourite of all the A2A GA aircraft.
    1. hawker741's Avatar
      hawker741 -
      Excellent review! I think you are correct whenever you mentioned some assumptions based on flight characteristics from your experiences with other aircraft..... I say that because my dad owned a Piper Archer II. I spent many hours in that plane and even while he took his lessons! (Technically not allowed and I'm sure that wouldn't happen today!) It was a joy to relive my memories as I read your review....from the aircraft shake at start up to the shaking on the stall! Very cool and great pics!
    1. RaysAviation's Avatar
      RaysAviation -
      Quote Originally Posted by flightman View Post
      Nice detailed review of this great addon. I was a bit puzzled about the the reviewer's comment that flap rate was right. In the real aircraft the flap operation is manual and so the rate will be as fast or slow as you pull the lever. Still that's a minor detail.

      This addon has so much atmosphere. It remains my favourite of all the A2A GA aircraft.
      Hello Flightman,

      Thanks for your feedback! - in regards to the flap operation, then you're right, the flaps are connected to the lever without an engine for the movement so the rate can vary. - my mistake! sorry.

      /Ray
    1. RaysAviation's Avatar
      RaysAviation -
      Hi all,

      Thanks for your feedback and your comments - it is very nice to see so many people interested in reading my review and providing good feedback.

      Thanks!

      /Ray
    1. greenberg1940's Avatar
      greenberg1940 -
      Do
    1. greenberg1940's Avatar
      greenberg1940 -
      Kind of pricey don't u
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