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  3. From Mewp, in Australia, 12/24/2017 ” i, I also moved from GA to LSA for much the same reasons as you are considering. I owned a c172 and found moving to the SC has many similar characteristics, flap ext, cruise speed, approach etc but do test fly one on a hot day. With low weight and inertia you do get bounced around a lot and with the low xwind component and castering nose wheel landings on gusty days can be fun. CSA have improved a lot and respond quickly to any contact I have made. Being in Australia I deal directly with the European agent and they refer me directly to CSA if needed. I do feel it was a good decision and if I need to carry more load or passengers I can hire. My A/C can carry me 85kg my wife 60kg, 20kg baggage and full fuel ”
  4. From NetSurfr, 12/24/2017 ” Hi everyone. I recently joined this forum as I'm trying to learn about the sport cruiser. I'm 50 years old married with an 8 year old and am a instrument rated PP with 450 hours. I own a very well equipped 1979 Piper Dakota that is a phenomenal plane. Although as a family we have used our Dakota for travel wince I bought it in 2014, the reality is that 95% of my flying is just me flying around the local area for fun. I fly out of a city/urban airport with zero good options to land should the engine quit shortly after takeoff or during the approach. Although I know the odds are low of this happening it still bothers me to the point that I don't take my plane out for night flights and I'm increasingly feeling uncomfortable flying my wife and/or kid in the plane for the same reason. A plane w/ a BRS chute would be a solution that would solve my problems so given that my options are to look into used Cirrus aircraft BUT I really don't have the $ to move into a Cirrus especially when most of my flying is local flights for fun. So I started considering the idea of getting an LSA like the sport cruiser and renting a SR22 for the 2 - 3 family plane trips we do in a year. So all that background brings me to this post. Last week I had the chance to fly a 2016 sport cruiser and enjoyed it so I'm planning on getting checked out in it to continue to test it but in the meantime I'd love to get feedback from owners as to your opinions of this plane and the manufacturer (strength/weaknesses and things a potential owner should know). From reading through the threads here I got the impression that CSA doesn't seem to be paying much attention to existing owners when it comes to LOA and I also got the impression the distribution channel is under flux so I'm a bit concerned about those aspects. So again I'd love to hear the good, bad, and the ugly from those of you with experience owning a sport cruiser. Thanks,  Jose  ”
  5. From Tim, a new SCFLIER Forum member, located in England just north of London. “My home base, North Weald Airfield, NWA (ICAO Ref:- EGSX) - is about 20 miles north of London, and is one of the oldest airfields in the UK. It opened in 1916 as an RFC (Royal Flying Corps) fighter station during the first World War, only 13 years after the Wright Brothers made the World's first powered flight, to help combat the German Zeppelin raids on London. The RFC become the RAF in 1918 towards the end of World War I by merging the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. During World War Two, NWA was a front line RAF fighter station, and many US pilots joined the RAF to gain "dog fight" experience long before the USA entered the war. A lot of information is on-line but a useful link here:- http://www.northwealdairfield.org/History/history.html North Weald's finest hour came in the summer of 1940, when it served as a frontline airfield in the Battle of Britain. During the Second World War, North Weald played host to Squadrons made up of many foreign nationals, including Americans, Czechs, Poles and also Norwegians, to which the airfield and village maintain special links to this day. Hurricanes, Spitfires and Blenheims were the most common types to be seen at North Weald. Some may be able to identify the airfield from WWII movies… the NWA Control Tower has “Listed” status, which means it’s of historic or architectural significance and effectively has a building preservation order on it. NWA has been featured as a backdrop in various WWII films · Battle of Britain (1968) · Memphis Belle (1990) · Band of Brothers (2001)” Four fun Videos from Tim https://vimeo.com/97911676 https://vimeo.com/23116613 https://vimeo.com/18330816 https://vimeo.com/23234078 And a picture from the UK Civil Aviation Authority CAA website showing Tim’s aircraft near landing https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/applicationmodules/ginfo/ginfo_photo.aspx?regmark=G-CGIL&imgname=G-CGIL002&imgtype=JPG See below for more pictures at North Weald Airfield, including a flyby of famous WWII British and USA Fighter Aircraft “Two Eagle Squadrons of American RAF volunteers – 71 and 121 – were based at North Weald during 1941, so it was fitting that a special formation of four aircraft representing these squadrons included the Airfield in a commemorative flypast over their former bases around the east of England… The formation, which started out at Duxford and had the callsign ‘Eagle Squadron’, was led by a Hawker Hurricane in 601 (County of London) Squadron markings, representing the aircraft flown by the American volunteer Billy Fiske during the Battle of Britain. The second aircraft was a Spitfire painted in Bill Dunn’s colours. He was the first US pilot to become an ace while he was based at North Weald with 71 (Eagle) Squadron in August 1941. They were accompanied by a P-47G Thunderbolt ‘Snafu’ and P-51C Mustang ‘Princess Elizabeth,’ representing the later units of the US Eighth Air Force, which flew from airfields in Essex and East Anglia escorting the B-17 and B-24 bombers as their ‘Little Friends’.” Edited April 20, 2017
  6. From new SCFLIER Forum Member GrahamGRG “ Hi from the UK Thought you'd like to see this unusual angle of the SportCruiser taken by a spotter at Birmingham Airport as I flew overhead at 1,000ft. Lots of other great aircraft images on Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/85308148@N05/  Graham “ 
  7. From new SCFLIER Member Hwick2000, March 2018 “ Thank you for allowing me to become a member of the forum... l would like to introduce myself. The name is Harold Wickham, first off No I do not have a Sport Cruiser... I wanted one for years... I fly a very similar aircraft, built in the Czech Republic by Milan Briselta... it is a 2016 Bristell S-LSA (see photos) it has the full Garmin suite G3x touch. It is an incredible plane and a true joy to fly. I live in Dayton Nevada at Dayton Valley Airpark A-34 just a 10 minute flight to beautiful South Lake Tahoe airport. I have a really big hanger with a Pilots apartment, lounge and courtesy vehicle. If your ever in the area feel free to stop in and stay over if you like. We are a pretty friendly Airpark. There are many airports very close by and fantastic place to fly here. Although keep in mind this is the Sierras and the weather can change rapidly and the altitude comes up quickly. Again thank you for allowing me in the forum without a Sport Cruiser... “
  8. From new SCFLIER Forum Member TTABS, May 2, 2018 “ Hello everybody! Newbie here! I go by the name ttabs on these things and I look forward to sharing my passion of flying with you! I'm really thrilled to be a new owner of a SportCruiser and to be flying it around the pacific NW. I'm an LSA pilot currently based near Spokane WA and have been spending my last 8 years flying Trikes all over the place out here. Now - if you just said "What's a Trike?!?" .... I have over a hundred vids posted on youtube. If you're interested in having a peek - just click on this link ' TTABBS' You'll get an idea of my playground out here and the type of flying I enjoy. So I felt it's time to get into fixed wings to accent my trike flying and what better way to learn than in a SC. Eventually my flying's going to take me out into the backcountry of Idaho so stay tuned as I'm sure I'll be posting vids of my SC experience in the area I call home. There are similarities between my trike and the SC - for instance both run a 100 hp Rotax and I've been very involved with maintenance of this engine type. Perhaps I can bring a little something to the table here on my experience with this engine and things I've done with them. As for flying 3-axis, there are some totally reversed things I need to 'un-screw' in my head. For instance foot steering a Trike is 180 degrees out of sync with rudder control. And in a trike, we push the bar forward to go up and swing it left .... to go right! This is going to be a challenge! And speaking of aircraft problems - right out of the gate I already have issues with my SC from it's flight from Houston trip, so I'll use this thread to post problems, fixes, thoughts, suggestions, or pose questions for you to comment. Also who knows - you may see a video or two on here. I bought this beauty a month ago where it was located in Houston TX. “
  9. WELCOME to all the Newest SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members!! New Members can post an "Introduction" of themselves to All the SCFLIER Forum Members here. Totally Voluntary. If a New Member wishes, they can simply "Say Hello" here, post a picture of their SportCruiser/PS-28/PiperSport Aircraft, or share pictures and unique characteristics of where in the World they are based and fly. Thanks to all the new Members for Participating in the SCFLIER Forum ! Dave SCFLIER Admin PS. Some SCFLIER Members have already posted their “Introductions” earlier, in other various areas of the SCFLIER Forum. I will be moving/copying these posts over here as I can find them and get to them...
  10. Update ! as of 11/29/2018,   the number of Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Members with Log-In Privileges is now  369  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  11. Congrats to all! May 2017 = 251 October 2018 = 367 +116 in 17 mos
  12. Really? There was a Sportcruiser gathering in Fresno? Dang, I missed out!
  13. This is basically all I was after. Thanks! Not many participants out in California though. I met a great group of Sport Cruiser owners out in Fresno, CA several months back and was hoping some of them might be on this forum.
  14. I like the “shared Google Map Dropped Pin” idea from Shawn above. Worth a try but only if it includes maps for where our SCFLIER Forum members live: Europe Australia North America South America As a data point, Some Pre-Filtered, based on Participation, “SCFLIER Member home country location” data of PARTICIPATING * SCFLIER Members from August of 2017 Some data on where the current " Participating* " SCFLIER Members are from: Texas, USA: 16, 27 % Not Publicly Telling: 13, 22 % Florida, USA: 7, 12 % California, USA: 4, 7 % United Kingdom: 3, 5 % Arizona, USA: 2, 3.4 % Australia: 2 Georgia, USA: 2 Ohio, USA: 2 New Jersey, USA: 2 Connecticut, USA: 1, 1.7 % Massachusetts, USA: 1 "East Coast", USA: 1 New Hampshire, USA: 1 The Netherlands: 1 Canada: 1 59 SCFLIER Members are "Participating" out of a total of 274 Active Members as of 7/31/2017  * A SCFLIER Forum Member is "Participating" if they have entered at least 4 total Posts on SCFLIER as of 7/31/2017.
  15. I could start a new topic for this and add a "shared" Google map that others can add a drop pin for their location if you like. But as Dave said many may not want their location shared and are concerned about privacy issues. I don't know how many would even use it. It could be a simple drop pin at your airport with your screen name but again that may be too much for some to share.
  16. Ryan great question and idea. my answers: 1) for the SCFLIER Members added in the last two years or so since I have been Admin, I have some information on where these SCFLIER Forum Members are located - and our SCFLIER Members are NOT just located in the USA. While we do have many SCFLIER Members in the USA, we also have Forum Members who are from Brazil, Australia, the UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Austria, ... and several other countries worldwide. 2) for the SCFLIER Members that joined from “the Forum beginning” ~ 2014 to 2016, no records were kept of their home location by the prior Admin. 3) My Policy is to NOT release an individual SCFLIER Member’s Personal Information, such as full name, home address, email address, aircraft tail number, based Airport, etc., without their specific permission to do so. Many Members of a NOT-Secure, Easily Accessible Internet Forum wish to remain anonymous. Other Members choose to Post very detailed information about themselves including their full name, home address, home airport, phone number, email address, aircraft tail number, etc., directly on the forum, for anyone Worldwide to see. That’s OK, but it is up to each SCFLIER Forum member to decide how much and which information to post on the SCFLIER forum. Ultimately, I take SCFLIER Members’ Privacy very seriously, and it is a CHOICE of individual SCFLIER Members on how much Personal Information they may choose to reveal by posting this information on the forum. Perhaps a “Where are you located?” SCFLIER Topic Posting would allow those that are willing to share their home airport location to do so, and this could be useful for your intent of Fly-In’s or group gatherings ....this would allow participating SCFLIER Members the choice to share whatever personal information that they want to...but a high percentage participation is not expected. Out of the 367 total SCFLIER Members, well less than 10% participate regularly ... Dave
  17. Hi Dave. Is there a way to get stats on where in US all of the members are located? I think it would be great to know for invites to future fly-ins. ?
  18. Update ! as of today, 10/31/2018, the number of Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Members with Log-In Privileges is now 367 SCFLIER Forum Members ! THANK YOU to many of our new SCFLIER Members who are participating with interesting posts, awesome airplane and new Avionics pictures, and great details about their SportCruiser adventures on the forum !
  19. SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Activated Members Update as of 9/26/2018 the number of Activated, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges is now 358 SCFLIER MEMBERS
  20. Shawn yes, "misplaced discussion topics" can be moved by the Admin, but this is time consuming.... My intent is to help folks on the SCFLIER Forum "self organize" the forum, and take a little time searching for an existing topic already covering their questions, or place their new topic into an existing "best match" area of the forum so that it is easier to find information on topics, and also to minimize my time spent doing chores as your friendly SCFLIER Admin (currently about 10-15 hours spent by me each week). Today's work by your friendly Admin on the SCFLIER Forum is going to be spent updating the Website Software to the latest version just announced by our Website Software Supplier... I am always glad to help, and of course I love the SCFLIER Forum, but I would rather be flying my airplane than moving “misplaced” topics around on the forum... TIME is a limited asset. Perhaps I will have more TIME for “Admin-ing” the SCFLIER Forum another day... Dave Your Friendly SCFLIER Admin
  21. Thanks Dave, as the admin can't you simply move this discussion to the proper topic? I know this can be done on other forums I'm a member of because they also try to keep them organized. Should be a simple fix.
  22. Wayne/ShawnM Great discussion. Very useful. Glad the question has been answered and ideas suggested. However ( -- Wayne) “Forum Information and News” is NOT the best location for this type of discussion. “Forum Information and News” is intended for new SCFLIER Forum software notices and new Forum features from our SCFLIER website provider, NEWS about the SCFLIER Forum, Updated SCFLIER Monthly Activated Member counts, etc., provided by me, the SCFLIER Admin. I have changed the title of this particular Forum Topic to "Forum Information and News from the Admin" in an attempt to help other SCFLIER Forum Members understand what this topic area is intended for. Definitely not the first time that a "Random Thought" got posted here... I am Very glad that Wayne's question has been answered, but in the future for all SCFLIER Forum members, please First use the SEARCH function (magnifying glass icon at the top right ), a good way to find EXISTING discussion on a topic “already out there” on the SCFLIER Forum and help prevent us from having a constantly expanding, overlapping topic discussion outline that may make it difficult to find information quickly.... If an Existing SCFLIER Topic discussion can not be found for your question or idea with SEARCH, then please place requests for answers on new items like this in the “Random Thoughts” forum area, or, for example, if one has a Rotax carburetor question, please post your question under the “Rotax Engine” area, ... or perhaps in this particular example, a new topic could be started, called “ProPackage / ProPlus Package Questions” and this might work well if created under the “General Avionics” topic outline area or the “Dynon SOFTWARE” topic outline area ... Staying ORGANIZED in the SCFLIER forum will help other folks find and see interesting topics quickly. Efficient, quick, effective information exchange about the awesome SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 LSA Aircraft is our SCFLIER Forum objective. Thanks to all and enjoy the forum Dave SCFLIER Admin See below for results of an SCFLIER Search function on "SVAP"
  23. I think what the buyer is referring to is the SVAP and the SVAP+ version that were out around that time. Obviously the SVAP+ is the top of the line version with everything and the SVAP was considered the entry level version. One just had more bells and whistles than the other but I dont know all the details of the differences. ADS-B in and out, class 1 mode S transponder, backup batteries for the panel, Garmin 796 etc. I would think your POH or checklist would state which model you own. I hope this was helpful and hope another owner of this year or even the 2014 or 2015 can elaborate a bit more for you as to the differences Wayne.
  24. A potential buyer of my 2013 Cruiser asked if it has a Pro package or a Pro Plus package. Can someone tell me what this is? THANKS!!!!
  25. ShawnM

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    So true. I buy tons of electronics components from overseas because none of them are made in America. Great movie quote, thanks ronin5573.
  26. ronin5573

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    In the great words of the infamous Lev . "Components. American components, Russian Components, ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!"
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