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  1. 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! 🙂
  2. Welcome to the forum, Gary and Chris! Sounds like you're getting your new-to-you Piper Sport well sorted! We have some members here who are A&Ps with Sportcruiser experience (Necco, Mel, others) and maybe they might know someone close to Jacksonville. It would be great to meet the folks on this forum. I'm out on the West Coast, so not very close to the majority of Sportcruiser/Piper Sport owners, but if anyone ever flies out this direction, I'd be happy to meet up!
  3. Hi Stan! Good to see you here! (I saw your posts on another forum). Welcome and glad to have another West Coaster on the forum! 🙂👍🏻
  4. Oh man, I don’t dare write down the all-in expenses, especially where my wife could find them. First I’d cry, then my wife would make me cry again. 😜 The nose gear was spendy, as was the left (port) fuel tank replacement and fitting of the return fuel hose. But both of them collectively pale in comparison to annual hangar and insurance costs. 😳. Oooh, I’m feels woozy and better sit down...
  5. I agree on both points... 1) Everything is negotiable, and 2) CoffeeJoe is no sucker. That 2015 Sportcruiser was probably $160K new (probably less, but let’s assume no negotiation.). Assuming 15% depreciation over 3 years (since the first few years have the fastest depreciation), I’d say that aircraft is closer to $98K - $110K. Maybe $115K if it is already ADS-B compliant. $135K is retail pricing for that aircraft today per AOPA’s VREF (up to $147K for the low hours, but that makes no sense since a new aircraft is just a few thousand more with a warranty.) I would encourage looking at the Sling 2. That’s a beautiful aircraft as well, though the useful load is limited (since it was designed to be sturdy and a higher max gross weight.) If only you were on the West Coast, Necco! 🙂
  6. CoffeeJoe, that’s a very handsome aircraft and was sold (I believe) while Patrick Arnzen and US Sport Aircraft was the sole distributor for the US. Patrick knows the Sportcruiser inside and out, so I’m confident that it was a solidly assembled aircraft on initial delivery. But in those 40 hours (especially with training) the advice by Velocity26 and others is great advice to take. I see this plane is in Maryland. I’d suggest trying to find out how flexible they are in pricing since they’re approaching a negotiated price on a new plane from Cruiser Aircraft. (I think the new “trainer” starts around $140K, and the asking price from CAI is around $160-170K. You may be able to see how flexible the owner’s widow might be on the plane and that might help with the decision on whether to go forward with a pre-buy. I can’t speak for Necco, but since it’s on the eastern seaboard, and Necco IS intimately familiar with Sportcruisers... just saying... I will add that those vent windows in the canopy will help significantly for airflow. I know some have said that it gets in the way of a clear view out the side (especially if you like photography) but it beats sticking your elbow out to hold up the canopy during taxi. I don’t think it would be easy to add those afterwards (and the likelihood of cracking a $8,000 canopy is extremely high if you tried to add one afterwards.) And don’t forget that if you fly within a Mode C veil regularly, add in the cost of adding a Garmin GTX-335 and an avionics shop to install it, as you’ll need it before January 1, 2020.
  7. Excellent member count, Dave! 418 members! On the CAI website, they say that the built the 600th Sportcruiser in 2017. I know that not all members are Sportcruiser owners, but the majority probably are. Given that, this forum has membership of a majority of the Sportcruiser owners. Awesome!
  8. True about the pre-buy being close to an annual, but I think Skipper is saying that a pre-but should stop well short of an annual of major issues are found in just looking in the inspection panels. (This provided that nothing looks out-of -sorts with the logbook.) i once had a seller who offered to have the annual done as part of thenpurchase and I could review the notes in lieu of the pre-but inspection. I politely declined as I wanted someone I paid to be honest with me (I.e. someone like Necco) and give me the warning bells well before spending a lot of time, money, and effort. I agree with ShawnM about wishing sellers would be more forthright about a plane’s history. Someone’s life could be depending on it! But like anything, there are sellers that won’t disclose the true history, and thus, “caveat emptor”
  9. LOL! I think you may want to see what your wife might want to bring, and then you can figure out how many pounds you’ve got left for your gear! 😜 I would think a pair of jeans, underwear, an extra T-shirt, a polo shirt (or button down shirt), pair of shorts, and maybe a light jacket, and maybe toothbrush, toothpaste and a comb would come in right around (or under) 10 pounds.
  10. Hi CoffeeJoe! Welcome to the forum! 855 pounds BEW + 210 pounds (you) + 110 pounds (wife) gives you 1,175 pounds. Legal total weight is 1,320 (600 kg is actually a bit more and your 1,323 pounds, but the FAA states 1,320 is the fully loaded limit.) That leaves you with 145 pounds for fuel and luggage (any combination up to that limit.). You could fill 20 gallons (120 pounds) and still have 25 pounds for luggage. 20 gallons will get you 3 hours flight tine with an hour reserve. You’d probably want to stretch your legs after 3 hours anyway. Can a Sportscruiser handle more weight? Probably as I’ve heard stories of people that have flown them over-gross weight, but you wouldn’t be able to do so legally. The Bristell is limited to LSA rules as well, so 1,320 pounds maximum gross weight. But because there are carbon fiber bits to that aircraft, it starts off with a lighter Bare Empty Weight (BEW). If you need more payload capacity, you could look at earlier Sportcruisers (pre 2010) as they were a little lighter. (e.g. My 2008 is 808.1 pounds BEW, without a BRS). Some of the earlier Flight Design CTsw had good payload weights, and the Remos is fairly light, but there isn’t much luggage room and you’re limited to 20 gallons (behind the right seat.)
  11. Welcome Scott! I’m just down the coast from you in Fullerton! Hope to catch up sometime!
  12. Welcome aboard, Agis! Lots of great forum members here with broad knowledge on the Sportcruiser! I look forward to reading about your journey on the Light Aircraft Pilot’s License!
  13. She’s a beauty, Bob! Welcome aboard!
  14. LOL - I don’t know if I would advocate for anyone to move to California. Not because it’s not nice out here, but because it’s so expensive to do anything out here! AND aviation events are somewhat far and few between. Best opportunity for a more active aviation community is in Arizona (which holds a LOT of interest for me for retirement... though your friend and mine is trying to convince me that Florida is the place to be). 😉
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