A “status” report on whether Czech Sport Aircraft is “improving” their SportCruiser S-LSA aircraft.
Way back in 2016, we here on SCFLIER generated a List of
”What Improvements Would You Like to See in the CRUZ SportCruiser Aircraft ?”.
Active, Participating SCFLIER Members voted on their “Top 5” choices, and I tabulated the votes and posted this Ranked SportCruiser Improvement List.
The above Ranked Improvement list was hand delivered to CSA Management at Oshkosh 2016 by the Previous Importer, Patrick Arnzen.
For discussion, and I fully expect those that continue to “Dislike” CSA to maintain their Opinions, yet these owners do like very much to fly their CSA/CZAW produced CRUZ LSA Airplanes,
here are my opinions on CSA’s Improvements to date, focused on the Top 5 Items:
CSA LOA to allow use of the Dynon AOA Probe to feed the D-100 EFIS and SkyView Displays - ZERO RESPONSE from CSA on this proven (by ELSA owners) simple, easy, and useful Safety Oriented Upgrade.
Improved Cruise Speed and Climb Performance - CSA has researched available engine Upgrade options and chosen the 115 Hp Edge Performance Fuel Injected Upgrade to the existing Rotax 912 engine. An extra 15 Hp can improve Climb performance, and Fuel Injection can improve cold engine starting & fuel economy. The Edge Performance Upgrade would not add as much additional weight to the already heavy SportCruiser as do other Rotax engine choices. Of course Edge Performance does not have the long, proven Reliability history of Rotax engines.
Improved Engine Cooling on the ground in Hot Temperature climates - CSA has developed a new lower cowling with a larger bottom opening that is said to help cooling during long Taxi Times in Hot Temperature Conditions. Currently, the new lower cowling design is only available for the “non rectangular radiator opening” cowling seen on later model SportCruisers.
Improve the Reliability of the Ducati Rectifier/Regulator - No specific Ducati Production Control Solder Quality & Stiffer Potting Compound material response from CSA/Rotax/Ducati, although it is possible that the new larger lower cowling opening may help Ducati’s survive longer.
Improved Inside Cockpit Canopy release handle - No Response from CSA.
On a Top Request from SportCruiser & PiperSport LSA owners, “provide a LOA for ADS-B OUT Solutions”, CSA has Responded with two options - 1) for those CRUZ aircraft with the taller instrument panel, CSA provided a Service Bulletin for installation of the excellent, legal for use in All airspace world wide, Garmin GTX335 1090 MHz Extended Squitter Transponder with ADS-B OUT (only), and 2) CSA has developed a Letter Of Authorization “Request Process”. I am unaware of any owner testing this new “pay CSA for an LOA” process. And, many SCFLIERs have suggested that the also excellent, less expensive Garmin GDL82 “EASIER ADS-B OUT 978 MHz UAT Solution” would be a great way to retrofit many of the older CZAW produced SportCruisers with an “Easy” ADS-B OUT solution that would ONLY be allowed in USA Airspace below 18,000 ft.
An Internet forum like SCFLIER is a great way to get discussion going on topics important to Pilots Flying the many different models of SportCruisers.
PS We all have varying opinions on the best way to solve “SportCruiser problems” and IMPROVE an already GREAT LSA Aircraft - The Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser/PiperSport.
As your Friendly Admin, It’s perfectly OK to Disagree with another SCFLIER’s ideas, but let’s All
other Member’s Ideas and Comments -
maybe that will help bring out the 98% of our total “Nonparticipating” SCFLIER Members who only “Lurk” in the background, and never Post their OWN opinions and comments on SCFLIER...
I continue to believe that a higher
MEMBER PARTICIPATION RATE
would increase the useful CRUZ LSA knowledge shared on the SCFLIER FORUM !