The Piper Archer is a four-seat, single-engine aircraft manufactured by Piper Aircraft Inc. The pilot and passengers access the plane's cabin through a single door on the aircraft's right side. This limited cabin access presents challenges for the seat removal required as part of the Archer's annual inspection. The Archer's front and rear seats are differently designed and require separate removal procedures. The forward seats are adjustable via fore-and-aft rails while the rear seats remain fixed in position. Some aircraft mechanics with inspection authorization privileges allow owners to remove the seats to save on inspection labor charges.
Open the aircraft's cabin door.
Slide each of the front seats as far forward as possible. Accomplish this task by lifting the seat unlocking bar just under the front edge of each seat. Push the seat forward after you unlock it.
Remove the rear seat stops. Each seat has a piece of metal that looks like an upside-down "U" attached to a rail. The seat stop attaches to the rail with a Phillips-head machine screw. Remove the screw for both seat stops.
Slide both front seats as far back as possible. Again, use the unlocking bar to slide the seat on the rails. The rear seat rollers slide off the rails.
Remove the forward seat stops. Remove the screws securing the forward seat stops.
Lift up on the rear of the co-pilot's (or right) seat. While you are holding the seat, lift the seat's unlocking bar. Slide the seat forward until the forward rollers are clear of the rails.
Remove the co-pilot's seat. Lift the seat upward, and maneuver it out of the cabin door. Carefully walk down the wing walk to the rear of the plane. Place the seat on the aircraft hangar floor, and move the seat away from the aircraft.
Remove the pilot's (left) seat by lifting it upward and out of the plane. Store the seat on the hangar floor near the co-pilot's seat.
Open the baggage door located on the right side of the plane.
Unlatch the rear seat leg hold-down mechanisms. Release earlier-model Archer hold-downs by rotating the mechanisms 90 degrees with a flat-blade screwdriver. Unfasten late-model Archer mechanisms by depressing the plunger behind each rear seat leg.
Remove the rear seats through the cabin door. Carry the seats off the wing and store them on the hangar floor.
Tips & Warnings
Labeling the seats as they are removed ensures they are correctly reinstalled.
The aircraft's weight and balance sheet must be updated if you plan to fly with a seat removed.
Walk only on aircraft surfaces designed to hold human weight. Walking on unapproved surfaces can cause damage to the aircraft.