N8596N Piper Arrow PA-28R-200

1971 Piper Arrow

Affordable IFR platform

$92,000 USD

An opportunity to get into a great performer at a fraction of the cost of its competitors. 

In 1967, Piper took the Cherokee 180 and made the gear retractable, birthing a new model dubbed the "Arrow". This new model gave pilots the opportunity to easily step up to a complex aircraft that had the familiar PA-28 look and feel, but with greater speed and capabilities. It didn't take long for Piper to boost the power on these retractable PA-28s, and a long line of great trainer and personal aircraft began.

This IFR-certified 1971 Piper Arrow has recently undergone an extensive annual by reputable Westwind Aviation and is now looking for a good home. The mid-time, fuel-injected Lycoming IO-360 got a brand new Hartzell 3-bladed prop, and is ready for service for the pilot who wants to build hours, or who simply wants to commute regionally on a budget, in a well-built aircraft.

Please carefully review the detailed, high resolution image gallery and lengthy walkaround video below, and you'll see every inch of the aircraft. If you reach out to me, I can digitally share all logbooks and important documents.

Performance Specifications

Power (Lycoming IO-360-C1C): 200 HP Recommended Engine TBO: 2,000 HRS
Prop (Hartzell HC-C3YR): 3-Bladed Fuel Capacity: 50 GAL
Wingspan: 32 FT 3 IN Height: 7 FT 11 IN
Takeoff Distance (ground roll): 770 FT Landing Distance: 780 FT 
Best Cruise: 144 KTS Best Range:
600 NM
Vne (Never Exceed): 185 KTS Vso (Stall, Dirty): 56 KTS 

Specs are gathered from a variety of sources and are subject to confirmation.

Important Numbers

Born On: 5/18/1971
Factory Serial Number: 28R-7135129
Flight Rules: IFR
Airframe Total Time* (AFTT): 3880 hrs
Engine Total Time* (Factory overhaul June '96): 1325 hrs
Engine TBO: 2000 hrs
Prop Hours* (Hartzell, aluminum 3-bladed): 10 hrs
Gross Weight: 2600 lbs
Empty Weight: 1676 lbs
Useful Load: 924 lbs
Hrs Since Last 500 Hr Mag Insp: 290 hrs
Next Annual Inspection Due: Nov 2024
IFR Cert 91.411 Due: Aug 2026
Transponder Cert 91.413 Due: Sep 2025

*Hours are approximate, aircraft is flown regularly


  • Aircraft currently based at KDVT Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (16 nm NNW of Phoenix Sky Harbor)
  • Based in dry Arizona and New Mexico for over two decades
  • IFR capable, complex aircraft
  • Last compression check (Oct 2023): 75/76/74/74
  • No damage history, hail or corrosion
  • Nov 1998 - right wing replaced - documented in logbook, no evidence of an accident
  • Mar 2019 - engine IRAN at 1,238 hrs due to metal contamination (this is good that the engine was recently torn down, inspected, and repaired)
  • Complete logs from day one, professionally digitized and available for viewing upon request

Avionics and Equipment

  • Garmin GNS430W (WAAS) GPS and COM Radio
  • Garmin G5 HSI interfaced to Garmin 430 and autopilot
  • Garmin GTX345 Mode S Transponder w/ ADS-B IN and OUT
  • Collins VHF250 COM and VIR350 NAV Radio
  • Collins AMR350 Audio Panel
  • Century III Autopilot (1-axis)
  • Collins IND350 VOR/LOC Indicator
  • JPI EDM-700 Engine Analyzer
  • EI Digital Tachometer (2023)
  • Cyclone-21 Avionics Cooling Fan
  • Heated Pitot
  • Hartzell 3-bladed Prop (new in 2023)
  • Knots 2U Wing Tips (STC SA1401NW)
  • Pulselite Kit (STC SA4005NM)
  • One Piece Windshield (July 1999)
  • New interior in April 2003

Buyer to verify all avionics and equipment specifications.

Aircraft Evaluation

Unlike most other brokers, I make a significant effort to represent an aircraft in as much detail as possible, identifying not only the benefits and features, but also the issues that are likely to catch your attention when you look at the aircraft "in person". I present well over 100 detailed, high resolution images, and I make all logs readily available in digital format. I am available to do a FaceTime call with a Buyer to more closely examine an aircraft.

My goal is that any Buyer going to the effort and travel expense to look at an aircraft can, beforehand, see the aircraft "virtually", up close, on this web page and through video. This helps the Buyer avoid surprises when they arrive to view the aircraft "in person".

Exterior - 5/10 Arrow N8596N's exterior aluminum is overall in pretty good shape on trailing edges. There is no "hangar rash", though there are some defects which are evident in the up-close, detailed high-resolution images below. Of note, the right side of the fuselage, aft of the passenger door, has several dings - please review the images carefully.

The paint is "fair" at best, largely due to excessive fading on the right wing. The right wing was replaced in 1998 (details above, and in logs), and the quality of paint used on the new right wing was not as good as what's on the rest of the aircraft. There is also evidence of minor chipping and wear, particularly around leading edges. I believe with some professional attention, the exterior/paint could be made to look much nicer.

The 3-bladed Hartzell propeller is brand new, installed during the recent Annual Inspection. This prop not only looks great, it also runs smoother and climbs better than its 2-bladed predecessor.

Plexiglas windows and windshield are in reasonable condition - no significant haze as commonly seen on aircraft of this vintage. With a bit of TLC, the Plexiglas will clean up and look even better. The original 2-piece windshield has been replaced with a one-piece windshield, eliminating the support up the middle of the windshield and enhancing forward visibility. Please review the detailed images below to see the Plexiglas up close.

Instrument Panel - 7/10 The panel is a conglomeration of older and newer avionics, with an emphasis on IFR capability. The Garmin GNS430 (WAAS) and the G5 HSI, coupled to the single-axis Century III autopilot, allow good IFR flying. The owner recently installed a Garmin GTX345 transponder - this unit provides not only ADS-B OUT, but also IN capabilities which can be used by portable apps such as ForeFlight or Garmin Pilot. N8596N has a G2 Insight engine monitor - having a way to instantly monitor CHT and EGT on all cylinders is absolutely critical to good engine health.

Interior - 6/10 The interior condition of the aircraft is reasonable, but could use an update or simply a deep cleaning. The leather seats are in good condition, the front seats showing more wear. The carpet shows excessive wear up front, but does not require immediate replacement. The headliner has a small repair and shows excessive wear around the door, but the rest of the headliner is in reasonable shape.

Overall - During the pre-listing inspection and the deep logbook/documentation review, no concerning issues were found inside or out of the aircraft. I was particularly impressed with how clean the logs are laid out, it was easy for me to put together an equipment list and see the history on the aircraft. If you're looking for a mechanically sound, complex, IFR-capable, single engine aircraft, and are ok with less-than-perfect cosmetics, then this aircraft ought to be on your short list. If you're looking for a good candidate for new paint and interior, this aircraft is a great choice.

Please reach out to me so that I may answer any questions you have.


Logbooks available digitally upon request.

Aircraft Walkaround
Here is a video of a complete walkaround of the aircraft.

Detailed Images
106 High Resolution Images
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Specifications and aircraft condition subject to verification and are not guaranteed.
Aircraft is subject to prior sale or removal.