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  1. This is a posting location for any of our SportCruiser SCFLIER Forum members who plan to attend OSHKOSH 2018 to add their Oshkosh 2018 “What’s New” information related to the Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 S-LSA aircraft. please use this location for Oshkosh 2018 NEWS from the EAA AirVenture show that may be applicable to Pilots/Owners of the SportCruiser line of Light Sport Aircraft ! Pictures of the Czech Sport Aircraft Oshkosh 2018 booth, new technology seen at OSHKOSH that may be applicable to the SportCruiser, Czech Sport Aircraft (CSA) Oshkosh 2018 Announcements, .... thank you Dave SCFLIER Admin
  2. To potential new SCFLIER SportCruiser forum members : please read the instructions above on how to join the SCFLIER Forum. This “FORUM INFORMATION & NEWS” section of the forum is accessible to ANYONE on the internet even without an SCFLIER LogIn Display Name and Password. SCFLIER “Sign Up” and New Member Activation is really quite simple and doesn’t take much time. however, if you mistype your email address during the “sign up” process, and you enter an invalid email address, I (the SCFLIER ADMIN) have no way to contact you for the required quick “two way communication” exchange during sign up and new Member Activation. I will never reveal anyone’s email address or their personal information on the SCFLIER Forum. However, If an SCFLIER Forum member CHOOSES to publically reveal their email address, their phone number, home address, or other personal information on SCFLIER, that is, of course, their choice. Please be aware that SCFLIER is a public UNSECURE forum, and any postings made by Members may be seen by “anyone” including hackers on the World Wide Web, As well as of course our over 300 SCFLIER Members .... But, very important to potential NEW SCFLIER MEMBERS, your email address must be entered correctly by you during “sign up“ for me to ACTIVATE your NEW SCFLIER account. I have successfully “guessed” a typo in a new member’s email address on a couple occasions, allowing me to establish successful “two way communication” during sign up and New Member Activation, but on other times, the email address is typed wrong by the potential new member, and I get a response of “no known email address with that name”. Please Type carefully during SCFLIER “sign Up”... thanks Dave SCFLIER Admin
  3. Shawn there are SEVERAL Cruiser Aircraft folks right here on the SCFLIER Forum. It is their choice, of course, whether they respond to my “clarification” questions or not. D
  4. A simple request for confirmation and explanation from Cruiser Aircraft: Question: Are the statements quoted above on “No CSA Letters of Authorization” allowed in the future for all SportCruiser (and PiperSport) S-LSA aircraft manufactured by BOTH Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW, 2006-2009 SportCruisers) and Czech Sport Aircraft (CSA, 2010 - present PiperSport and SportCruisers) accurate statements of the Czech Sport Aircraft company philosophy, future plans, and business strategy ? In the FAA Regulated USA Airspace, Safety Enhancing ADS-B OUT equipment is REQUIRED 1/1/2020 to fly in certain ADS-B OUT “Rule” airspace. For Non SKYVIEW Equipped “Legacy” CZAW SportCruiser S-LSA aircraft, especially with the smaller vertical dash height, and all Non SKYVIEW equipped CRUZ S-LSA aircraft, without a CSA Letter Of Authorization (or a CSA Service Bulletin), equipping a CZAW/CSA factory built S-LSA with FAA Required ADS-B OUT Safety Enhancing equipment becomes illegal in the USA, forcing the aircraft owner to convert from S-LSA to Experimental E-LSA in order to comply with the USA FAA ADS-B OUT Safety Requirement. Question: Is converting from S-LSA to Experimental E-LSA the Czech Sport Aircraft / Cruiser Aircraft recommended approach for these CRUZ S-LSA aircraft owners to maintain the ability to legally fly in FAA ADS-B OUT “Rule” airspace in the USA after 12/31/2019 ? Question: Does the CSA Company Strategy Of “No Letters of Authorization” also mean “No Service Bulletins” are allowed or planned by CSA for S-LSA CRUZ Non-SkyView equipped SportCruiser / PiperSport aircraft compliance with the USA FAA ADS-B OUT Safety Enhancing Requirement ? Question: In the future, if the USA FAA requires installation of an ADDITIONAL safety enhancing aircraft modification, for example, installation of proven Dynon Angle of Attack (AOA) sensing equipment to interface with existing SportCruiser Dynon SkyView or SportCruiser Dynon D100 installed Avionics equipment hardware & software, is it Czech Sport Aircraft’s business plan and strategy to refuse issuance of aircraft Tail Number specific S-LSA Letter of Authorizations or SportCruiser/PiperSport USA S-LSA aircraft fleet wide Service Bulletins to comply with a future FAA required Safety Enhancing upgrade (in this example AOA Sensing & Display) for their CZAW/CSA S-LSA CRUZ aircraft ? While “today’s topic” of ADS-B OUT Compliance only affects USA aircraft flying in ADS-B OUT “Rule” airspace (even though this airspace is, in fact, where many current USA SportCruiser and PiperSport S-LSA aircraft owners are based today and fly daily), a potential new future FAA safety requirement (for example, Angle of Attack sensing & display) and a potential response of the CRUZ S-LSA Czech Sport Aircraft manufacturer again refusing issuance of aircraft Tail Number specific Letters of Authorization or CRUZ Fleet Wide Service Bulletins on any possible FUTURE USA FAA Safety Requirements for their CRUZ S-LSA aircraft may significantly reduce the resale value, USA LSA market share, or desirability of even considering purchasing the latest production 2018 CSA SportCruiser SKYVIEW equipped aircraft. The lack of Czech Sport Aircraft factory Support to USA CRUZ S-LSA aircraft owners would force MORE CRUZ S-LSA aircraft owners to convert from S-LSA to Experimental E-LSA in order to legally comply with any TBD Future USA FAA Safety Enhancing directives, and is a serious concern to potential new SportCruiser aircraft owners. Question: Is Czech Sport Aircraft aware that Paid CFI Instruction Of potential new SportCruiser aircraft owner Student Pilots is ILLEGAL in the USA FAA regulated airspace using Experimental E-LSA aircraft ? Many USA Student Pilots learn to fly today in S-LSA PiperSport and SportCruiser aircraft and these Student Pilots eventually buy new (and used) SportCruiser aircraft when issued a Pilot License. Learning to fly in a SportCruiser S-LSA directly feeds new SportCruiser sales. However, this pipeline of potential new SportCruiser aircraft owners would STOP when the CFIs are unable to instruct new student Pilots in an Experimental E-LSA SportCruiser or E-LSA PiperSport aircraft. Question: What is the Czech Sport Aircraft company plan and strategy to “shore up” and IMPROVE existing SportCruiser & PiperSport S-LSA aircraft owner’s confidence in the long term viability of CRUZ S-LSA aircraft USA ownership and also clarify understanding of the CSA manufacturer’s strategy Re Long Term CUSTOMER SUPPORT - After the Sale - of USA CRUZ S-LSA aircraft ? There are many existing CZAW SportCruiser and CSA factory built PiperSport & SportCruiser aircraft owners on this SCFLIER SportCruiser forum who absolutely LOVE flying their excellent SportCruiser/PiperSport S-LSA CRUZ aircraft, but these aircraft owners are understandably disturbed and very concerned for the long term viability of the SportCruiser S-LSA aircraft line here in the USA, due to actions apparently in work now at Czech Sport Aircraft. Thank you to Cruiser Aircraft for interpreting, clarifying, and explaining the Letter of Authorization (LOA) Actions (and ADS-B OUT Service Bulletin Actions ?) and also explaining USA S-LSA CRUZ aircraft CSA factory Customer Support strategy being taken now by the Czech Sport Aircraft S-LSA aircraft manufacturer.
  5. to All SCFLIER Forum Members "Forum Information & News from the Admin" is generally used only by me, the Admin, to provide "New Topics" specifically related to Forum Info and also News about the SCFLIER Forum: New Software Versions and Forum Features from our Website Supplier Problems with the forum, and Service Tickets written by me to get our Website Supplier to solve them NEWs about your Forum - new features coming soon HOW TO Operate the Forum, Tips on Using the Forum Current Number of Activated SCFLIER Forum Members Data on Members Accessing the Forum per day, New Postings Each Month, ... Forum Statistics more Of course all Forum Members are welcome to comment on my postings here. However, even though there have been a couple GREAT Exciting New Postings with Cool Pictures posted to the "Forum Information & News" area lately, this Area is (usually) NOT the place for an Individual Forum Member to "Start A New Topic", for example, pictures of XYZ, or asking SCFLIER Forum Members about how to Change the Oil in their SportCruiser or Use the Dynon AutoPilot, etc. Please Don't Misunderstand, we all LOVE Great Postings, Pictures, and More about your SportCruiser adventures and Maintenance Tips, Rotax ideas, and Thoughts on how to land on a grass strip with a SportCruiser, but Please use the existing topics and the existing Outline structure of the forum, and IF your topic area is not already covered, then feel free to "Start A New Topic" under ANY of those existing Forum Outline Areas. (But Not Forum Information & News). For example, if you have a question or problem with your Throttle or Choke Cables feeding the Rotax 912 engine, FIRST, Check to see if that Topic has already been covered. The Forum Search (Magnifying Glass ICON top right) feature can speed this process. If your Topic of Interest is NOT already Covered, then please "Start New Topic" and post your "New Topic" - in a logical place in the Forum Outline. for this example of Throttle and Choke cables feeding control of the Rotax Engine, Start your New Topic under the MAINTENANCE ISSUES & ANSWERS area of the forum, Subtopic ROTAX ENGINE Another Example, if you HAVE Useful Information or need a question answered on SportCruiser Avionics, please use one of the several Subtopic areas in the "AVIONICS": area of our Forum: General Avionics Discussions GPS Conversations Electronic Flight Bags (iPads and such) Accessories Software Updates - to SportCruiser Avionics boxes and iPad/iPhone Applications Another example, Nose Landing Gear Issues and Discussions can be found under the main outline MAINTENANCE ISSUES & ANSWERS area of the forum subtopic "AIRFRAME/EXTERIOR/INTERIOR" . If you simply cannot find a Forum Outline area that "includes" your topic, for example, (ha ha - it's a joke.....) how to add JATO Rocket Powered STOL Assist to your Experimental Sport Cruiser, please "Start New Topic" under "SPORTCRUISER GENERAL DISCUSSION" subtopic "RANDOM THOUGHTS" then START (your) NEW Topic "JATO Rocket Assist for STOL SportCruiser Aircraft".....there, under Random (probably not a good idea in this case) Thoughts. it takes a little more time and effort to keep our SCFLIER Forum organized, but posting your "question or topic of the day" under the first available area, "Forum Information & News" will not help other Forum Members FIND Topics that they may be looking for.... Please take a moment to look thru the Forum Outline, and/or use the "SEARCH" Icon, top right Magnifying Glass ICON, to find an appropriate place to put your new topic discussion or additional comments on an already existing posting. Everyone on the FORUM WELCOMES New Discussion Topics and Your Inputs AWESOME !!! But keeping the SCFLIER Forum Organized is Also IMPORTANT. THANK YOU Dave SCFLIER Admin
  6. To Join the SportCruiser SCFLIER Forum, please follow the steps below. You do NOT have to be a SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 Aircraft owner or Licensed Pilot to Join SCFLIER. Many of our new members are considering buying a SportCruiser LSA, or are currently a Student Pilot, and they access the forum to gain information on the awesome CRUZ LSA Aircraft. to "Sign Up", 1) go to www.scflier.com Up on the top right of the page, Click the "Table of Contents" Icon, which looks like Three Lines to the right of the Magnifier Glass (Search Icon). look for "Sign Up". in a black colored box (Most Computers) or a green colored box (iPads/iPhones). 2) Click "Sign Up" Follow the On-Screen Instructions. Your "Display Name" will be visible to ALL SCFLIER Forum Members. This is also your LogIn "User ID" Your email address is ONLY Visible to Me, the Admin. Check spelling and correctness of your email ! Answer the Security Check questions, designed to weed out Robot Computers and Spammers Agree to the Terms of Use 3) Click "Create My Account". 4) Wait for an email from me, the SCFLIER Admin, from email address SCFLIERADM@yahoo.com If you have a SPAM checker on your email account that only allows email from "Known Addresses", then ADD SCFLIERADM@yahoo.com to your list of known good email addressees. 5) A response to my Admin email sent to Your Email is REQUIRED to Activate your SCFLIER Forum Membership. Regards Dave SCFLIER Forum Admin
  7. Update ! as of today, 4/26/2018, the number of Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Members with Log-In Privileges is now 334 SCFLIER Forum Members !!! Attached in the picture are some statistics on New 2018 SCFLIER Forum Member OnLine "Sign Up" registrations per month thru April 2018. Note that the Website provider counts "New Member Registrations" as those that access the "Sign Up" process. Not All of these potential new members actually complete their Registration On Line. My count of Active Members with Log-In privileges is the actual Members who have completed registration and have a validated Log-In "Display Name" (User ID) and Password. There is some lag between "Sign Up" and actual Activated Membership status with a valid Password. D
  8. The New SCFLIER Member "sign up" SPAM Prevention Security Check Problem discussed above has been resolved. And, for the information of potential new members, all SCFLIER Members must agree during the "Sign Up" New member Registration process to the SCFLIER Forum Registration Terms of Use (these terms have been in place since the SCFLIER Forum WebSite was created in 2014) as listed below: SCFLIER Forum Registration Terms Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to proceed with the registration, simply click the "Register" button below. To cancel this registration, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser. Please remember that SCFLIER.COM is not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this Forum/Bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this Forum/Bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this Forum/Bulletin board.
  9. Notice - some New SCFLIER Forum Members are currently seeing a "CAPTCHA" Security Check V1 Shutdown..... authentication error message during New Member "Sign Up". a problem ticket has been submitted to resolve this problem. Also, for our "Non USA" Potential New Members, please note that the question on "What is the VFR Squawk Code" refers to the VFR Code used in the USA, Not (for example) Europe's unique VFR Squawk Code. Dave SCFLIER Admin
  10. Update ! as of today, 3/27/2018, the number of Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Members with Log-In Privileges is now 329 SCFLIER Forum Members !!!
  11. admin

    A new member

    To all friendly SCFLIER Forum members As the SCFLIER Admin, it is my decision whether to “Approve” (or DisApprove) all new member requests. I believe that an OPEN Forum is a better Forum, and can provide MORE USEFUL Information to the obvious FOCUS of the WORLDWIDE SCFLIER Forum: SportCruiser Aircraft owners and Pilots PiperSport aircraft owners and Pilots PS-28 aircraft owners and Pilots It is is extremely RARE that I reject a new member request and the VAST Majority of SCFLIER members fit one of the three categories above. I DID Approve our new SCFLIER Forum Member HWICK2000, based on a standard, quick, “two way communication” via email. I knew that HWICK2000 owned a Bristell, and I thought this to be an ADVANTAGE for existing SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 Members for the following reasons: Milan Bristella LEFT CSA to design a “3rd Generation” LSA. Milan is a superb aircraft designer and it seems he may have had ideas which he chose to implement on the newer Bristell LSA to IMPROVE on his previous AWESOME design, the SportCruiser LSA. Existing SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 Pilots, Owners, and even CSA and Cruiser Aircraft might learn something (pro or con) about the Bristell changes compared to the SportCruiser. An open mind would be interested in new information. the Bristell shares our Rotax engine and has improved on it with higher horsepower engine option choices. The 914 Turbo and (in Europe) the 915 iS. While CSA may not want to sell SportCruisers with higher horsepower (heavier) engines, existing SportCruiser or PiperSport and PS-28 owners may be allowed (for example going E-LSA in the FAA regulated USA) to change engines for increased Climb performance, Cruise speed, or both. Why not LEARN about new 912, 912iS, 914, 915iS .... Rotax engine technology (Pro and Con) that might someday apply to our favorite SportCruiser airplane ? If we close our eyes and don’t look at what the competition is doing, the SportCruiser line will NOT survive long term. An example - while I do like many new features of the Vans Aircraft RV-12iS LSA, I DON’T like the RV-12’s design choice (just one example) of putting the fuel tank INSIDE the cockpit. Ouch. To me, fuel tanks in the wing mean better survivability in a crash. The trade off is that the RV-12 has more easily removable wings for transport and garage storage for the airplane. Life is about choices. More Knowledge helps make better choices. I will continue to APPROVE “MOST ALL” new SCFLIER member requests unless they are Spammers, Salespeople intent on turning our forum into a SPAM AD site, Robot Computers, etc. I ask that we RESPECT and WELCOME all new members, regardless of what particular aircraft they may fly. The “aircraft type” joining SCFLIER is self regulating. There are NOT going to be many V Tail Bonanza Pilot / Owners asking to join the SCFLIER Forum. But another TYPE LSA aircraft owner that uses a Rotax 912 / 912iS / 914 / 915 engine ? This owner may have VERY useful information for a SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 aircraft owner. Please RESPECT other people's varying opinions and backgrounds. Disagreeing Respectfully is perfectly fine. A good way to learn more. We all have OPINIONS and that’s what On Line Forums are about. Friendly, USEFUL, NEW Information related to our favorite LSA aircraft, the SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 is what THIS SCFLIER forum is about. Dave
  12. as of today, 2/27/2018, the number of Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges is now 321 SCFLIER Forum Members !!! Awesome !!! Participation is a great way to LEARN MORE about the SportCruiser, PS-28, & PiperSport LSA !
  13. Since it appears that there is IMPROVED COMMUNICATION NOW between SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 Aircraft owners who are SCFLIER forum members with Cruiser Aircraft Inc (thanks IZZY !!!) and a Communications Link appears to be open now leading all the way to the Czech Republic CSA (Czech Sport Aircraft) Management, I am Posting this item to inform new SCFLIER Forum members of the extensive work and discussion on the SCFLIER Forum during Spring and Summer of 2016 to answer the question ”What Improvements Do Pilots/Owners Want in the SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 aircraft ?” when we last generated a Ranked Improvement List in June and July of 2016, the results were: The "Top 5" Improvements desired by SCFLIER Forum Voters for the CRUZ S-LSA Aircraft are: Letter of Authorization(s) from CSA to allow incorporation of the Dynon Angle of Attack Probe to feed AOA sensing for display with existing software in D-100/120 and SkyView Displays. (Angle of Attack Sensing and Display is a USA FAA Recommended Safety Improvement for all General Aviation Aircraft) Improved Cruise Speed and Climb Performance. (Sure, the CRUZ is only a 100 Hp LSA, but the RV-12 LSA is faster and many LSA are lighter weight) Improved Engine Cooling on the Ground especially in Hot Climates. (Get some more cooling air directed to the SportCruiser’s Rotax Cylinder Heat Sink Fins, especially on the Ground during extended taxi) Improved Reliability of the Ducati Rectifier/Regulator, especially in Hot Conditions. (Get some cooling air to the SportCruiser’s Ducati mounting location) Improved Inside Cockpit Canopy Release Handle. (the canopy release handle and latching system continues to play a role in CRUZ Accidents) Also, at the top of the list in the summer of 2016 was CSA Letter Of Authorizations for USA CRUZ S-LSA owners to add ADS-B OUT and IN equipment to older Non SKYVIEW equipped S-LSA aircraft operating in the USA. THE 2016 RESULT ? ZERO RESPONSE from Czech Sport Aircraft. Of course the CRUZ S-LSA Improvements Desired list and Ranking of items can change over time. Evolving Pilot/Owner input is important and may be revised with new input. And, there have been significant top Management changes at both Czech Sport Aircraft and Cruiser Aircraft after Oshkosh 2017. And, CSA did add "Sizzling Exterior Ramp Appeal" to the latest 2017/2018 SportCruiser aircraft with exciting new paint schemes, and "Sizzling Interior Ramp Appeal" with the New Seats and Headrests, Item 11 on our Ranked List. Now — what about items 1 through 10 ? (There are 13 total SportCruiser LSA Improvement Ideas with three ties at Ranked Items 6, 8, and 9). It is apparent to me that (just one example, Tecnam LSA is another) VANS AIRCRAFT LISTENS and RESPONDS with aircraft upgrades to their Pilot community and Vans Aircraft IMPROVES the design and safety and operational characteristics of their RV-12 LSA in response to Pilot Owner input. Will Czech Sport Aircraft step up to the competition and do the same for CRUZ S-LSA Pilot Owners ? The alternative course of action for CSA is awesome looking new CRUZ S-LSA paint schemes, but no significant design changes affecting aircraft Performance, Safety, Reliability, ....more....to the aircraft underneath the new paint other than better seats and headrests. D
  14. as of today, 1/27/2018, the number of Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges is now 314 SCFLIER Forum Members !!! We keep growing in members and in SCFLIER participation every month ! THANKS to all our SCFLIER Members who PARTICIPATE in the SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum and work to increase EVERY MEMBER’s knowledge of the INCREDIBLE SportCruiser/PiperSport/PS-28 Light Sport Aircraft ! Dave SCFLIER Admin
  15. DenverTom Great Idea ! going Experimental E-LSA has many advantages, but is not for everyone. As I expect you may already know, Experimental aircraft may NOT be used for hire, and they may (or may not, depending on the aircraft equipment and Maintenance logs and practices), experience a potential decrease in Market Value - to SOME Pilots who don't "like" Experimental aircraft. Many Pilots, however, prefer Experimental Aircraft for the flexibility and freedom of equipping the aircraft with the latest FAA recommended safety equipment, such as ADS-B OUT and IN, Angle of Attack measurement and Display, State of the Art NAV/COM equipment, more... In the USA FAA Regulated Airspace, an E-LSA must always REMAIN a Light Sport Aircraft (1320 lbs limit, 120 Knots CAS limit, Fixed Ground Adjustable propeller, more) but, an E-LSA may be equipped for IFR flight and flown in IMC, assuming of course that the Pilot In Command has an Instrument Rating, and an E-LSA Owner may make "Minor" and "Major" changes to the aircraft (within the USA LSA boundaries) without requiring a Letter of Authorization from the manufacturer, Czech Sport Aircraft. The USA E-LSA FAA Operating limitations are quite different from S-LSA Operating Limitations. see for more ideas on the Pros and Cons of converting your S-LSA to E-LSA Dave