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  5. Stitch462

    HEY! I just bought a SportCruiser!!

    ttabs, Check with your local EAA 79 in Spokane someone there will know what direction to point you in. Congrats on your purchase, hope everything works out for you.
  6. Glad you are making this a priority, it'll save you lots of headaches in the future. I'd hate to see you get stuck in limbo or have to "undo" all your cool mods just to get it converted. Or worse, be grounded at your next annual condition inspection. Also keep in mind when hunting down a DAR is that not all DAR's are created equal. Meaning not all DAR's can do the conversion. Start with a local DAR in your area and they will point you in the right direction. The latest DAR directory, April 2018, can be found here if you dont know of one already. It lists 7 in Washington. https://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/designees_delegations/designee_types/media/DARTDirectory.pdf I understand your trike is "experimental" and I'm sure you enjoy the freedom of doing whatever mod you want to it without asking permission from the manufacturer or anyone else for that matter. Unfortunately it's just not the same with S-LSA aircraft. Let me rephrase that, it's just not the same with a Czech Sport Aircraft S-LSA aircraft. Nearly every other manufacture of light sport aircraft will allow changes. Let me say that again in case you missed it, nearly every other manufacturer of light sport aircraft allow changes. Of the 25 I researched, 2 never got back to me, the remaining 23 will allow changes to their aircraft. There's a little paperwork to fill out and sometimes you might have to pay a fee that could be up to $150. Big deal, right. At least they allow changes. CSA DOES NOT, long story short, they SUCK when it comes to changes. Sorry I got carried away there and lost my head.....again. I just have some rather strong feelings towards CSA in the LOA department if that wasn't clear. Here'a also a link on this forum to "some" of our discussion on the conversion. There is more info scattered around the forum. I looked at the G5 and it's pretty cool to slip into a steam gauge panel or use as a backup instrument. It has all the functions of an EFIS in a very small package. I have the legacy Dynon D-100 and D-120 glass in my 2007 SportCruiser and it really does the trick for a simple glass panel. I am considering upgrading to the Skyview in the future but for now what I have really fits my needs. Please keep up up to date on your DAR search and your plane. Looking forward to hearing about your progress. Feel free to message me privately and I'll help in any way I can.
  7. Thanks Shawn for the advice. I’m reading your comments carefully. OK then - converting to ELSA is at the top of my priority list. No sense in me reinventing the wheel- I’ll get it done. BTW - the G5 is (I mean .. can be) really awesome! 😁. Review is errr - slightly delayed. Instead- Ive got a DAR to go find.
  8. I really do hate ALWAYS being the negative nancy in the room, I do it mainly because no one else here wants the job , and dont get me wrong converting to E-LSA will be the best thing you ever did with a legacy SportCruiser. You seem just like me, wanting to tinker and upgrade the shortcomings of the SportCruiser and some of it's outdated avionics. I just want to share with you what I experienced on my journey. Herein lies the problem Tom, unless you have a DAR in your pocket you'll be hard pressed to find one who'll switch it over AFTER you've already done the work. Is there one out there, sure, but I think he'd be crazy to risk his livelihood for a $400-$500 job? Part of the process is a thorough aircraft inspection and log book inspection looking for discrepancies. Remember, there is a photo of your OEM/STOCK instrument panel in your POH. One member here stated his inspection and conversion took 5-6 hours. This would be pretty thorough if you ask me. He wore a rubber glove and was gentle if that helps. You say you dont want to "rush the decision" but you are on a clock now and the "decision" has really already been made. You have until your next annual condition inspection, whenever that is, to convert. Because finding a LSRM-A to sign off your logbook with all your non-approved changes is yet another issue. Again, is there one out there who will, I'm sure. If you want to rip out your instrument panels and steam gauges and install the latest Dynon HDX system, that's completely legal in the SportCruiser, swapping your attitude indicator with the Garmin G5 is not. You're sliding down a slippery slope here and I wish you luck with this one. Again, it's your aircraft and your butt on the line so you can of course do whatever you like. If you're not worried I'm certainly not. And you are correct, this is an active forum and hopefully others will chime in with their input/advice. We've all "been there done that" when it comes to the SportCruiser.
  9. Thanks Shawn and all for the input. I've got to get this thing switched over to ELSA. I'm just don't want to rush the decision - heck I just picked it up. Glad to see such a good smattering of replies here. Tells me the forum is active!
  10. I hope that after 27 years she wouldn't allow me such an easy out! Just kidding of course.😁
  11. What? I ain't afraid of her! (But please dont tell her I said that.) Better not let YOUR wife read this either or else you'll be sleeping at the hangar tonight.
  12. Bob, I'm a fortunate man! I've never been given such an ultimatum and truly don't know what I'd do. Yeah right, who am I kidding....just for making me choose she'd be out the door quicker than quick. SHAWNM.....I sure do hope she doesn't read your post.
  13. Very funny Bob! I won't make that mistake, if my girlfriend ever made me choose, I think I'll miss her.
  14. Lol! I once had a girlfriend that made me chose between her and my 1970 Mustang Mach 1. I chose poorly and still miss that car! (Girlfriend I kicked to the curb years later when she made me choose between my dying father and her.) Luckily my wife is amazing and understanding. Ttabs, assuming you are S-LSA, you can use the Aera 660 as a stand alone unit that is not permanently installed in the panel. As others has indicated, the G5 will not be acceptable if you had to go through any kind of annual or conversion.
  15. ronin5573

    HEY! I just bought a SportCruiser!!

    I really like your videos. Very well edited. I look forward to see some with the sportcruiser. 9740CA8E-6BC5-42A8-9B81-968761088FD7.mp4
  16. Glad you had a great weekend flying around and learning to nail the landings. Once you get use to the sensitivity of the pitch control on the early SportCruiser’s they are so fun to fly. As for the rain, I got caught in it briefly once but stay away from it. As for the cover, I’m surprised the plane didn’t come with one. I thought they all came with one. My 2007 came with one when I bought it in 2013. Bad part was someone applied large iron on letters with the N number on it. First thing I did was change the N number and for the life of me I cannot get those iron on numbers off the cover. I even called Bruce’s with no good answer. I’m still trying but I don’t really use it that much. With all these changes you are doing can we assume that you have already converted from S-LSA to E-LSA? If not, read on. I guess I’ll be the “salty dog” here and inform you those changes are NOT LEGAL in a S-LSA SportCruiser. I don’t know how much knowledge you have in regards to S-LSA rules but your changes are not allowed without a letter of authorization (LOA) from the manufacturer and you’ll never get one of those from CSA. Ask me how I know. Now it’s your plane and you can do whatever you like but I feel obligated to inform you that it’s not legal to add the Garmin G5 or the Aera 660 in the panel. If you replaced your ASI with the exact same one that’s fine. If you ever have an incident or accident in your plane your insurance company will deny the claim and then the FAA will get involved and you know what happens then. Since you’ve already made these changes I presume, now converting to E-LSA will also be difficult because the DAR will inspect the plane and look for discrepancies in the logs and in the aircraft itself. Their license is on the line and getting one to sign off on it may prove difficult. Again, don’t shoot the messenger but I feel obligated to let you know this information. As for my panel, I’m on a shoestring budget (and not married) so it won’t be hard to keep up with me. I sold ALL my old avionics to help offset the costs of the new. Who knew there was a market for analog transponders, old radios, discontinued GPS’s and mediocre intercoms. My girlfriend doesn’t really care how much I spend on my plane because it’s not her money that I’m spending. As long as she doesn’t make me choose between her and the plane we’ll be just fine. Please do some research into the changes to S-LSA aircraft and talk in depth with your LSRMA about what you are doing and it's legalities. . I am glad you are enjoying the plane, I love mine.
  17. Thanks everyone for all your replies! I somehow now get the feeling I'm not going to have too many new revelations on SportCruiser mods that have not already been tried here on the forum. (But I'm going to try ) It's always good to have a few 'salty' dogs that can give good advice on mods and/or troubleshooting. Or at least 'Been there done that' criticism. I had a huge weekend!! I learned to land. Not just a little bit either. I got it nailed. We spent the weekend in S. Seattle buzzing around airspace, squalls, rain, wind, and 1500' ceilings to get it done on Fri. Crosswinds of 10 g 20 was a challenge - but that was my intro to landing. Then on Sat we had similar conditions but with calm winds and rain - and I nailed it. Finally had my 'Ah-Ha' moment and the rest is history. Yesterday and today we buzzed all over harassing everyone including places like Olympia, Shelton, Thun, and others. Absolute BLAST - and this little plane fly's wonderfully in the rain. My check ride is in two weeks and I'm thinking of a X-country from Spokane to Wisconsin in July. Now my SHORTCOMINGS I regret to also report I took no pics and there's some really cool things I wanted to share with you guys. I ordered a travel cover from Bruces Covers which arrived and it is simply awesome! They are custom made for SportCruisers. I ordered the style that fits over both the engine cowling and canopy. I'll get a pic for you guys next time. Very nice fit and finish and it'll work well when I'm on the road at keeping the sun and rain out. At $375 delivered, I'm giving it 5 stars - stay tuned for my review but check out the link if this interests you. I also installed a Garmin G5 and wanted to rave about how well that instrument works. VERY easy to install and a workhorse of info. But - no pic so I'll give you guys a review of that thing when I see my plane next. I'm very impressed! We installed the new ASI and as I suspected - all the altitude problems evaporated - EXCEPT MODE C. Mode C continues to report 300' too high which opened a discussion as to how do you 'calibrate' Mode C? We plan on taking it into a nearby Avionics shop for testing/adj. In the mean time, we kept our altitude at least 300' below all that B airspace to stay out of trouble. I'll let you know what they find and what the fix was. The Garmin Area 660 is on it's way and will get the install. We also have a TruTrack Digi II autopilot and I want to get the GPS info to it so it'll track routes. I'll report on that project when we get to it. ShawnM - I can see now you are going to be the guy to beat on instrument mods. Not sure if my bank account (and marriage) will hold up to your stress test! Hwick - I may take you up on your hangar offer. this vids for you .....
  18. mikeomaha

    HEY! I just bought a SportCruiser!!

    i have a 2011 sport cruiser with extra flared wing tips and have a hard time getting 105 knots indicated with 5300 rpm. being 6'5, i can see ok over the nose straight and level. i noticed my shorter passengers had a tendency to get air sick and one day when he sat on a cushion he brought along and could see over the nose, no more air sickness. you will enjoy yr plane with yr mechanical expertise and helpful advice from this great forum and glad yr here
  19. Congratulations on the purchase! May you enjoy many adventures and exciting destinations. Be safe! Izzy
  20. Hwick2000

    HEY! I just bought a SportCruiser!!

    Wow!!! Nice plane... Welcome aboard ttabs... I too came from the trike world, a Maverick with the 447 then a Tanarg with 912... yes the transition was difficult, 180 degrees of change and a few more gray hairs for my CFI ( you may know him, IMG_1007.MOV Rebel Wallace, RIP). If you are ever in the Carson City NV area look me up at NV-54, we have lots of hangar space and a guest apartment.
  21. ShawnM

    Bing 64 issues

    Ouch !!! That hurt all the way back here in Florida. I almost fell out of my chair reading that one. I see that you stated you are using an A&P so that may be one reason for the higher expense. Those are certainly cool temps but really high elevations for sure. If you drop both zeros on the end then you be at my elevation. Any word from the manufacturer or the importer on a possible cause? Keep us updated please.
  22. Hwick2000

    Bing 64 issues

    Thank you all for your responses... I will certainly take them into consideration. Both time when this issue happened the OAT was just above freezing between 34-36 degrees. Engine temperature was about 150 just in the green. Altitude on the first time was 8500 take off was 6400. The second time was 5400 taking off from 4440. I typically run 91 octane Mogas. So far the only thing the A&P could find was a slightly loose air line from the air intake to the carb... and no obvious debris. The annual here is a flat rate of 😳🤑😳 $1100. Then parts and additional labor.... I also provided the plugs, oil, filter etc. Thanks DavePilot I will put future issues in the maintenance section...
  23. Ah! Thanks Shawn! I wonder if the prior owner got an LOA for that? 😜 Sorry TTabs - just an ongoing joke we have on the forum about LOAs. But certainly good to have one on board to ensure the fuel pump and pressure is where it’s intended.
  24. That appears to be the fuel pressure gage Bob. In BAR and not PSI.
  25. Welcome Tom, you'll find this forum is priceless and congrats on the purchase. First, what are all those round thingies in the instrument panel? Seats - I find the SportCruiser very comfortable but then again I have not sat in it as long as you had to. I do know of others who've used cushions with great results. Headset - Bose? Who? I love my Lightspeed Zulu 2 headsets. Actually, they both are very good ANR headsets. Brake fluid - it's much easier in my opinion, since you dont have to contort yourself into a Cirque du Soleil performer to get down to the brake fluid reservoir, to simply push new fluid "up" from the brake caliper itself using the same syringe and a small length of hose. But of course your way works also. I just find it easier to push it up from outside at the bleeder fitting sitting on the hangar floor. No more sore neck or back. 496 VS the Aera 660 - no comparison, period. The WAR was over before it started. I'm now E-LSA and I replaced my 396 with the Aera 660 and was simply blown away in the difference. Of course you can't do this if you remain S-LSA but I'll let you work that out on your own with the FAA and your insurance company. There's plenty of reading about this subject on this forum. My avionics stack was exactly like yours except I had the 396 instead of the 496. I had the same King radio, analog 320 transponder and PS Engineering intercom. All gone now. Here's a pic of he old and new avionics side by side. Canopy / Seal - Is there even one on the plane? When I bought mine it was missing. You can buy the seal online for about $20, it's Hagar 726 in white. It come sin a 20' roll and you'll need about 16'. If your seal is there then a simple adjustment of the canopy is in order. The procedure is in the maintenance manual. Hose clamps - I too was DUMBFOUNDED that an aircraft manufacturer uses serrated hose clamps on fuel lines, or anywhere for that matter. They still do this today on the brand new planes. They are the worst hose clamps ever for aviation. Use fuel injected hose clamps or Oetiker clamps. Is this not obvious? Battery - You're probably thinking EarthX or some exotic, lightweight, lithium battery, before you go there the SportCruiser already has a slightly aft CG so taking weight out of the nose is not the best thing to do. The standard AGM battery weighs 13 pounds. There's reading on the forum about this also. Since you dont have the BRS that removed about 35 pounds already. I dont have one either and dont mind, my useful load is greater if needed. The legacy SportCruisers weigh in a lot less than the new ones. What is the BEW of the plane? Mine is 796 pounds. Gas Leak - Was the leak in the wing at the fittings? This happens. If not, where? Low tire pressure and low coolant - That just comes with being a hangar queen and poor maintenance from the previous owner but I'm sure you already knew this. Anyway, welcome to the forum and you have your reading cut out for you for sure. I think every subject has been covered here somewhere. I'd suggest relaxing in your favorite chair with your favorite drink and enjoy the information on this forum.
  26. rtk

    Fuel caps

    I got the SPRL fuel caps with lock (for peace of mind) for my CRUZ Aircraft. But at the time, I ordered the less expensive locking fuel cap with the red “universal ring.” Innhindsight, if anyone is ordering the fuel cap, you’ll want the threaded ring and locking cap that Shawn refers to (about $75 each) as our CRUZ aircraft come with those threaded rings that screw into our fuel tank.
  27. ShawnM

    Fuel caps

    Thanks for the update Tate, can you share what the set of caps cost so we all know? I'll email Robin at Newton and check with him on a price also. Mine still seal great and have never stuck but they look like 2007 fuel caps. Maybe a new pair is in order. I know Aircraft Spruce sells the entire cap and mounting flange for $68.75 each. I cannot find the cap only on Aircraft Spruce. This is also the non locking version. The locking version is $75.75 each but again this is the cap AND flange.
  28. Congratulations on your Sportcruiser! And welcome to the forum! Lots of great members and information shared here. Looks like you have an extra gauge on the right seat under the ELT test button port. Is that an hour timer for the engine? (I can’t quite make it out.) Looking forward to reading more about your bird and flights/adventures you have with it!
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