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  1. Many thanks for all that you do to keep this forum going, Dave! It truly is much appreciated! 🙂👍🏻
  2. Congratulations Bruce! Beautiful bird you got! And thanks for the great write-up on the cross country trip! Looking forward to reading more about your flights around sunny and flight-friendly Florida! 👍🏻🙂
  3. Here here, Dave! Agreed that we have a fabulous forum of individuals, and we should respect each other's opinions. And many thanks to all the knowledgeable people on this forum. Without all of you, I'd be in a world of hurt looking for parts, maintenance, and information about the Sportcruiser that isn't consolidated or easily found elsewhere.
  4. Dave, what do you mean? On the internet, I see all sorts of T-shirts and mugs suggesting that Pilots are trustworthy, so it must be true! Look for yourself! 😜😂
  5. Welcome Uropilot! Congratulations on your Piper Sport! Tell us more about you and your new plane!
  6. Awesome numbers, Dave! I think there are 600 or so Sportcruisers manufactured, so the forum count suggests that we have a very good percentage of those owners on this forum! 😀
  7. Congrats Gary and Chris on ELSA! 👍🏻😀 So glad to read that the conversion process was smooth! Shawn is a great asset to these forums. He too guided me on my E-LSA journey. And having the freedom to change all that I WANTED for MY SAFETY makes it absolutely worthwhile to go this route. Copying Shawn's panel, and taking advice from Dave (our forum Admin), I went with a GDL-82, GDL-39, and Aera 660 that really make a HUGE difference in improving the panel and information being presented to me, as well as SAFETY since I can now see traffic. Way better than just the "out" solution that the factory approved via a GTX-335.
  8. Congratulations Bryan! sorry to hear of the challenges with the DAR, but glad that it's done and YOUR Sportcruiser is home!! 👍🏻🙂
  9. Thank you, Bryan! Very kind of you, but I’m nowhere as knowledgeable as our forum administrator (DavePilot), Necco, Shawn, or many others. I just post my mistakes a lot more often, or the panels I that I blatantly copy! 😜 Congrats on getting your bid up in the air, Steven! Don’t worry about the pitch... about the 3rd flight or so, the pitch becomes second nature. But the views out the canopy never fails to amaze! Looking forward to hearing about more flights! 🙂👍🏻
  10. Hi Bryan, I hope the weather cooperates soon so you can fly YOUR Sportcruiser home! the hardest part of converting to E-LSA was the vacillating I did weighing the pros and cons of converting. In the end, there really are no “cons”, just all sorts of positives to go E-LSA. Especially if you’re considering a panel change and better options for ADS-B compliance than the factory offers. Good luck!
  11. Hi Bryan, I too tried to stay S-LSA, but the factory did a great job to convince me otherwise. Especially as a legacy (2007 - 2009) Sportcruiser owner. They really want no part of us since we were manufactured under the older CZAW company, not CSA. So for your 3rd gen nose gear leg install, there should be a firewall bulk-up kit made up of a square aluminum plate that attaches to the vertical stiffeners on the firewall. Unfortunately for legacy aircraft, our vertical stiffeners’ “lips” bend the wrong way to have these attach properly. Good luck getting a solution from the factory to remedy that. Others have tried (including myself) and the only response was to “replace the firewall and vertical stiffeners.” You’ll see in another thread my frustration in trying to get any help from CSA on getting rivet sizes for the wing skin while I replace the wing tank and add a return line (which your 2009 wouldn’t have come with originally. It would require the current kit to fit that return line, or a new fuel tank.). The factory made my decision to go E-LSA very easy. And they prefer it that way as (in my opinion) they want nothing to do with legacy aircraft. Now that I’m E-LSA, I’ve had the freedom to do things to my aircraft that are sensible, such as add the GDL-82 instead of the GTX-335. Even adding the GTX-345 (which is, again in my opinion, a better solution since it’s ADS-B “In” as well as “Out” in one convenient package.) Good luck in the acquisition of the aircraft! And I truly do hope you have success with the LOAs as it would be a good turn for CSA and the owner community if they truly step up and issue LOAs.
  12. HI Dave, Thanks for keeping track of this list of improvements. I agree that these are all things that us Sportcruiser owners would enjoy as enhancements to our aircraft. I would respectfully add one more item to the list for our owners’ consideration: A cowling vent much the one that The Aircraft Factory uses on their aircraft. This would allow airflow under the cowling, and still allow hot air to escape when taxiing or parked on the ramp (and maybe negate the need to open the oil filler flap (which acts like a chimney) to vent the hot air. (See image below) I’d also think that, beyond restyled racing seats, that maybe introducing an alternative location to the headphone jacks (or even re-shaping the panel where the jacks are located) would help to prevent any interference of headphone cords against the canopy latch handle. Of course re-adjusting the latch itself (as Shawn has suggested) so that it latches more positively is a “must do” adjustment. But having something that secures that handle or isolates the handle from the headphone cords would be helpful. As for the Edge Performance engine, it is actually lighter than the 912 ULS and significantly lighter than the 915is. The Edge Performance EFI kit removes about 2kg of weight from the nose (where we Sportcruiser owners actually need the weight due to the aft CG limitation). I believe big bore kits (like the Zipper big bore) remove another 3 pounds (about 1.3 kg) of weight due to the lighter weight forged pistons and billet Aluminum, CNC milled cylinder bores. I believe Edge Performance’s big bore kit provides the same weight savings. I doubt CSA would make this an option for their new S-LSA aircraft (just the E-LSA ones for a complete Edge Performance engine since they offer a (shorter) warranty on their complete engines), and I doubt an LOA would be issued for either the EFI kit or big bore kits. And apologies to all, but I’m going to add one of my pet peeves. It would be great of CSA would create an “Option 2” for the Fuel Return Line kit. I just don’t like the epoxy barb on the fuel tank where it’s submerged by fuel 90% of the time. It’s begging for a leak. Why not put together a kit using a current fuel tank with the welded barb along with cork strips, the fuel “spider” and restrictor, fuel line, and the required rivets? Yes it’s more expensive, but it’s safer and the wing has to come off anyway to do the job with the existing kit or to replace the fuel tank.
  13. Hi Bryan! Welcome! Which fuel lines did the mechanic replace? If it is a fuel return line, there should only be one (to the left tank.) Good luck with the LOA process. I don't know of anyone that has submitted to the new LOA process, so you may be the first. I hope it is smooth and not too spendy. Alternatively you could go Experimental. I know there may be strong opinions one way or another about converting to E-LSA, but it is an option. Good luck on the purchase of the 2009 Sportcruiser!
  14. Welcome Steven, and congratulations!! 👍🏻😃 We have all experienced Aviation Monetary Units (AMU, or $1,000 denominations). It just hurts (slightly) less to not write the zeros. 😂 Lots of great members and knowledge on this forum! Welcome and ask any questions you have! 🙂
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