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  1. Stan thanks for the input on your Zenith 601XLi. That’s a great looking airplane with an interesting, powerful set of Avionics compared to the CRUZ SportCruiser Avionics mix of that era. Love the Dynon D10EMS - very powerful in a small footprint. Also lots of great Garmin equipment ! Your plan for ADS-B Out and In with the GDL82 and GDL39 Remote should work awesome ! Curious - what’s your empty weight ? Enjoy ! Dave
  2. Stan welcome to the SCFLIER SportCruiser forum ! and, it is interesting that you fly an AMD USA Factory Built Zenith 601, arguably the CRUZ LSA predecessor design from Zenith, that CZAW was also building in Europe, and which led to the CZAW 2006 OSHKOSH Surprise as the new SportCruiser ! The SportCruiser was similar enough to the Zenith 601 E-AB Kit airplane that Zenith quickly terminated doing business with CZAW in Europe... the week following OSHKOSH 2006. I believe many SCFLIER SportCruiser Members would love to hear about how your Zenith 601 (2008 AMD factory built CH601XLi-B Zodiac SLSA) flies, and would be interested to learn about any unique characteristics and especially the IFR equipment/Avionics ... Have you flown a SportCruiser ? There is a long history between CZAW and Zenith with the two very similar airplanes, the SportCruiser and the Zenith 601 (led to much later the Zenith 650).... Zenith CH 601 XL The CH 601 XL was first flown in 1991 as an improved version of the HD developed for the amateur-built market and also for the American Light Sport Aircraft category. The XL features many incremental improvements over the HD, including a new wing design, wing fuel tanks to replace the fuselage tanks of the HD, new landing gear design and a new canopy. · Zenith CH 650 Modernized version of the 601, with a larger cockpit, a larger canopy with more headroom, swept-back fin and rudder and engine options that include the 120 hp (89 kW) Jabiru 3300, 100 hp (75 kW) Continental O-200 and 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS. One hundred had been completed and flown by December 2011. · Zenith CH 650E Version for the US light-sport aircraft category. · Zenith CH 650Ei Version for the European microlight category, with a gross weight of 472.5 kg (1,042 lb) and a Rotax 912ULS engine of 100 hp (75 kW). Manufactured as a ready-to-fly aircraft by ICP srl in Italy. · AMD Zodiac XL & XLi The completed US Light Sport Aircraft compliant version of the XL is the AMD Zodiac produced by Aircraft Manufacturing and Design of Eastman, Georgia, USA. The aircraft is available in two versions, the XL, and the XLi. The XLi is IFR equipped for night flying and instrument flight conditions, while the XL is only equipped for VFR day and night flying.
  3. 13 More !! SCFLIER Forum Members Activated  in July ! as of 7/31/19.  the number of   Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges  is now   431  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  4. 8 More SCFLIER Forum Members Activated in June ! as of 6/28/19.  the number of  Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges  is now  418  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  5. Opinion it is easy to blame all of the Ducati Voltage Rectifier/Regulator failures on the higher temperature at the 2010 - present SportCruiser Ducati mounting location. And, the late model SportCruiser Ducati Mounting location is, in fact, HOT, especially on the ground with extended taxi times. But if one looks closer at the details, Ducati has produced Rectifier/Regulator units with low quality soldered electrical connections to their internal circuitry. And while low quality solder joints MAY “work OK” in cooler conditions, these lower quality solder connections will eventually FAIL when subjected to heat and vibration . Also, about 2009, Ducati changed the recipe for their internal “potting compound” that reduces electrical components inside the Ducati from vibrating away from the circuit board, to a new black in color potting compound that gets significantly “looser” when hot. This new Ducati potting compound allows the internal electrical components to vibrate against the poor quality solder joints, especially when hot. And eventually the internal Ducati electrical connections will break free. This explains why “pre - 2009” green colored, stiffer when hot, older Ducati potting compound filled regulator units may last longer than the post 2009 Ducati units. Military Electronic equipment manufacturer’s use a pre-delivery Quality Control test called ESS, Environmental Stress Screening, where production units are subjected to accelerated levels of heat and vibration in a factory test chamber to ferret out production quality control problems like poorly soldered internal electrical connections. Low quality solder connections are found and fixed before delivery with this ESS technique to ensure longer term reliability of electronics for the very demanding Military temperature / vibration requirements. Commercial electronic equipment producers (like Ducati) oftentimes do not perform any kind of pre-delivery Environmental Stress Screening Quality Control tests on their production units. The SportCruiser designers can be “blamed” for mounting the Ducati in a hot location, and for arranging the post 2009 SportCruiser installed Ducati’s heat sink fins perpendicular to the cooling air flowing DOWN the engine firewall. A very inefficient heat transfer cooling fin arrangement - the internal Ducati electrical components get even hotter with the first, top heat sink fin blocking most of the cooling air. But if one looks further at the root cause of Ducati failures, the Ducati Rectifier /Regulator has had documented production solder quality control issues, and when coupled with a “spongy, looser” (new since 2009) black colored potting compound, the low quality electrical solder connections inside the Ducati will come loose over Time. There are PLENTY of documented Ducati Rectifier/Regulator failures for Rotax to admit, and then to demand their long time Ducati supplier to investigate and solve, providing a better, more RELIABLE DC Voltage regulator component for their excellent Rotax 912 engine’s Internal Alternator. Of course the SportCruiser Czech Sport Aircraft manufacturer can be blamed easily for mounting a known “heat sensitive” Ducati electrical component in a hot environment. But the current design, as produced Ducati Rectifier/Regulator would not survive long in most AUTOMOTIVE specified Temperature/Vibration Environments. And yet we fly this Ducati Voltage Rectifier/Regulator at night In an AIRPLANE, when our cockpit Avionics and Instrumentation, NAV/Strobe lights, Transponder, ADS-B OUT equipment (if equipped) and Com Radio ALL depend on RELIABLE 12 volt DC power. Improvement ? Options : 1) Ducati production control could Look a little closer at their production line’s solder quality, and change back to the older “green color” stiffer internal potting compound to help units survive longer under heat and vibration. 2) Ignore the Ducati production quality / design problems and we can simply blame the Czechs’ Hot Mounting location for Ducati failures in late model (since 2010) SportCruisers. Dave PS or, Option 3), a third alternative, is for E-LSA Experimental SportCruiser aircraft owners, to buy a Form-Fit-Function replacement Rotax Rectifier/Regulator unit Built by Silent-Hektik. A more sophisticated 12 Volt DC Regulator electrical design with higher build quality, and more robust heat sink fins for reliable use in a hot environment. Details on Investigations of Failed Ducati Units’ Solder Production Quality Control and Potting Compound Production “Stiffness” Changes. (New ~ 2009) that Exacerbate the Ducati Solder Quality Issues under Heat and Vibration. Documented here on SCFLIER, and also on the Vans AF RV-12 Forum (Mike M). Poor Ducati Internal Solder Quality Examples from analysis of a failed unit: Measurement of the decreased stiffness of the Black Color, New since ~ 2009 Ducati Internal Potting compound Examples of poor solder quality internal electrical connections inside a failed Ducati unit Example of failed internal Ducati Electrical Connections due to Poor Solder Factory Quality Control - on the main SCR DC Regulator control’s switching components Standard Electronic Equipment and Component Temperature Ranges: Commercial (the lowest grade) : 0 °C to 70°C (158 deg F), and some manufacturers also use 85 °C (185 deg F) for the high temperature side of "Commercially" Rated Parts. Note that the Rotax recommended Maximum Temperature For the Ducati Rectifier / Regulator is 80 degrees C, 176 degrees F Industrial : −40 °C to 100 °C. 212 deg F on the high temperature side Automotive : −40 °C to 125 °C. 251 deg F on the high temperature side Military (the best, most Reliable grade) : −55 °C to 125 °C. 251 deg F on the high temperature side ESS - Environmental Stress Screening https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_stress_screening
  6. Update ! as of 4/30/19  the number of  Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges is now  402  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  7. Update ! as of 3/31/2019  the number of  Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges is now  396  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  8. Update ! as of 2/28/2019  the number of Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges is now  393 SCFLIER Forum Members !
  9. Welcome to the SportCruiser forum Todd ! feel free to “jump in” and join the discussions ! Dave
  10. James THANK YOU for “Introducing” yourself on the SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum. Welcome ! very interested in the kit built, Jabiru powered SportCruiser, your new instrument panel, and also the UK Light Aircraft rules. the pictures look great ! Awesome airplane. looks like you have the Dynon Angle of Attack probe under the left wing ? How is your static port done ? I wonder if your engine cowlings would fit a USA Experimental E-LSA SportCruiser/PiperSport ? The large round cooling air holes on front look to be just the thing to cool down a Rotax 912 engine ! Do you know where the original kit builder bought these engine cowlings ? They look very useful ! looking forward to hearing more about your SportCruiser panel Upgrades and incorporation of the GARMIN G5. Dave
  11. SPD2918 WELCOME to the SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum ! The SportCruiser / PiperSport CRUZ S-LSA airplane is PERFECT for a new Sport Pilot ! The SportCruiser is lots of fun for two, easy to fly, economical, relatively fast, has a Proven, Reliable Rotax 912 engine, and most SportCruisers are equipped with awesome Avionics. You will find lots of information on SportCruiser / PiperSport aircraft here on the SCFLIER forum. I recommend using the Forum “Search” function (little magnifying glass at the top right) to quickly find info on topics you may be interested in. If you can’t find your topic already discussed with “Search”, please post a new topic (with your questions) in the “Best Match” Forum outline area (for example Avionics equipment questions in the “General Avionics Discussion” area or a Rotax 912 engine performance question in the “Rotax Engine” area, ....many more Topic Areas in our forum Outline Structure...., ) or, if no “Matching” topic area can be found, use the “Random Thoughts” area to post an entirely NEW TOPIC question or idea. The best way to learn about the SportCruiser line of awesome Light Sport Aircraft is to PARTICIPATE in SCFLIER forum discussions ! good luck with your Pilot Training ! Dave
  12. 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 ”
  13. 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  ”
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
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