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  1. Awesome story and excellent planning for your long “trans-continental” Cross Country Adventure in the SportCruiser ! the CRUZ LSA can be an excellent long distance cross country machine, with the proper planning. Awesome tales of your adventure ....Do you have any pictures en-route to share ?
  2. As of 12/31/2019  the number of   Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges  is now   458  SCFLIER Forum Members ! Happy New Year !!!
  3. Agree ! Onward and Upward ! D Get Traffic Advisories by using FAA ATC Flight Following !
  4. as of 11/30/2019  the number of   Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges  is now   451  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  5. as of 10/1/19.  the number of   Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges  is now   442  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  6. For increased security and protection against forum hackers, the new Website Provider policy on SCFLIER Passwords is: 8 or more characters mixture of letters and numbers mixture of Upper and Lower case special characters non-dictionary words If any Member has trouble with their SCFLIER password or logging in, please send me an email to scflieradm@yahoo.com with your Display Name (User Id) And Password problems / desired Password note that the “Password Reset” for individual SCFLIER Members is NOT functional. Enjoy SCFLIER ! Admin / DavePilot
  7. 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. Comments ? Dave 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 RESPECT 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 SCFLIER MEMBER PARTICIPATION RATE would increase the useful CRUZ LSA knowledge shared on the SCFLIER FORUM !
  8. 6 More SCFLIER Forum Members Activated  in August  ! as of 8/31/19.  the number of   Active, Validated SCFLIER SportCruiser Forum Members with Log-In Privileges  is now   437  SCFLIER Forum Members !
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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 !
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