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  1. Hi James, no worry on the late reply, glad you were able to get back on the forum. As for the Jabiru overheating we have people here in the US with the Rotax doing the same thing in the newer SportCruisers. They crammed so much more "junk under the hood" in the later versions that they tend to overheat also in the hotter summer months. CSA came out with a "bandaid" but only for the brand new planes, go figure, no help for the people who actually need it with older legacy SportCruisers. I completely redid my center panel with all new avionics over a year ago now. Replaced my GPS, radio, transponder and added the Dynon AP-74 autopilot control. Here's what it looks like now. I too have thought about carbon fiber panels and have all three panels drawn up in CAD. I also recently bought a CNC router that I can machine parts on. I've made a few parts for my SportCruiser and also some parts for some friends who own experimental helicopters. I use to own a Rotorway helicopter before I bought my SportCruiser. I am going to cut all three panels soon in some plain, clear acrylic so I can test fit everything BEFORE I attempt to machine the carbon fiber. As you know acrylic is CHEAP compared to carbon fiber. I'd be glad to cut your panels if you can supply me with a drawing of what you want. Are you still in Atlanta or did you go back across the pond? I'll gladly send you some pics of my test panels once I get them cut. I plan on using the matte finish carbon fiber panels and possibly applying water slide decals for all the text. Then a matte finish clear coat to seal everything in. I can also engrave text in the panels down to 3/32" tall (about 2.4mm). I can then paint fill the lettering with enamel paint for a professional look. This is my preferred option but I'll have to test this out first. This is an image of the CAD file for my 2007 panels. Your panels are taller as CSA started this in 2010 with the PiperSport version here in the US. From your pics I can see you have the taller panels. I dont have a CAD file for those but if have the build prints or could run those down from a fellow owner in the UK I can create a CAD file from those. Then cut them on my CNC so they are machined perfectly. As far as angling the copilot panel you may find it not necessary with a screen that is anti reflective. I can see my D-120 screen perfectly in full sun at any angle. I think the problem is just the iPad and the sun. It's quite reflective I know as I also carry one as a backup when I fly. Have you tried sitting on the passenger side and looking at the HDX? Can you see it ok? In full sun? Just curious. Glad you made it back on the forum.
  2. I'd be glad to Russell. Can you tell me the year of the SportCruiser your client owns? As I said in an earlier post, what to look for would depend on the year of the plane. Of course there are all the SB's that have been issued over the years but there are also some quick inspections you can do on a regular basis and items to keep and eye on a bit more closely since this is a flight school plane. I understand that not all flight schools are created equal whereas some are for professional pilots where they come in with a private rating already and other flight schools where the person who's never even seen a plane up close wants to learn to fly. Each will apply different "forces" on the SportCruiser. I also sent you a private message with my direct contact info.
  3. What a coincidence, mine too. If the airport would just let me put a cot in my hangar I could get even more done.
  4. On occasion I do but then it keeps me away from this amazing forum. Sometimes I can only catch up at night, case in point, last night.
  5. LOL, the very definition of "clunky" is awkwardly solid, heavy, and outdated. Sounds like GA to me. All kidding aside, I know they are making new aircraft these days but I have to poke fun at those "clunky" aircraft. Do you know the year of the SportCruiser at the school? There are some subtle yet distinct changes over the years. They are easy to work on and most everything is accessible. Some items will require the assistance of a Cirque du Soleil performer to get to but I'm sure you've experienced this on other aircraft you've worked on as well. I've been over every inch of my plane and know it inside and out. If you haven't already, download the IPC (illustrated parts catalog) and the maintenance manual for your shop. You can find them here if you dont already have them. Great reference material. The SportCruiser is a great airplane for personal but if you ask me they are not built for flight schools. At least not the flight schools where the owner isn't the instructor. (Deltafox) Now the SportCruiser sales guy in Sebastian will chime in here and tell you they are and swear up and down that it's a great flight school aircraft and talk ROI and dazzle you with pixie dust (because he's paid to) but many of us here know better and that they are not exactly built for the average flight school. Want proof? There's a large flight school out west who can verify this with a phone call. Make sure you have some free time and a cold, adult beverage in hand before you pick up the phone as the call will be lengthy. Ask me how I know. They have numerous SportCruisers that are damaged beyond flying because of the students. The SportCruiser, she's a rather delicate flower and in my opinion not really ready for the prime time abuse of the average flight school. Make sure your friend keeps a close eye on the plane and you as well if you are doing the maintenance for him. There are many tell-tale signs to look for that signal forthcoming issues or prior abuse.
  6. Welcome to the forum Russell. You found the right place for EVERYTHING SportCruiser. The "start up" flight school you mentioned, is it in Texas by chance? The SportCruiser is a joy to fly and is very responsive as you probably know by now. It is a light aircraft and some transition training is always recommended to anyone making the move over from those large, clunky GA aircraft to a light, sleek AND MODERN LSA. I just earned my LSRI certificate last week that allows me to do my own annual condition inspections on my SportCruiser and I plan on taking the Rotax classes in the coming months. I've been an owner since 2013 and love the airplane. What state are you in? I'm sure we have owners just about everywhere these days. Welcome aboard and I hope we all can help you in any way we can.
  7. Yes, that is correct about communications. You don't need to contact anyone as long as you remain outside your class c airspace. We all learned that in training. You need to establish 2 way communications prior to entering class c airspace. I think you mentioned that your airport is under the outer class c shelf for Omaha. Another great thing about having BOTH ADS-B IN & OUT is that you can "see" all that traffic on your screen whether or not THEY are equipped with ADS-B. If you have both IN & OUT you will see ALL aircraft with a working transponder. Just another reason to have BOTH in and out. Again, good luck with Josh and the factory. Please dont hold your breath during this process.
  8. I would never talk you out of ADS-B out, having it opens the floodgates for all traffic and weather data displayed in the cockpit. I love it. Also, dont forget mode c veils. I dont remember if you are in or close to one but that's another part of "rule" airspace that you need ADS-B OUT. I certainly understand why the uAvionix products are desirable with their ease of install. It's not quite 10 minutes on a SportCruiser but still pretty easy. Having both their skyBeacon (ADS-B OUT) and their skySensor (ADS-B IN) on each wingtip is a nice setup and it's affordable with the rebate. Good luck with getting this approved, there may be others who may want this also.
  9. Unfortunately it's just not that simple with S-LSA aircraft. ASTM International just produces the guidelines for LSA manufacturers to follow. It's the manufacturer who gets to say which battery to use. Do people install batteries that are not approved by the manufacturer? All the time. Is it technically legal to do so? Nope. In the event of an incident or accident, can your insurance company deny your claim because you altered the plane without approval from said manufacturer? Yup. Is this an extreme example? Of course but it can happen. Glad you joined also, this site (and others) is full of information for anyone who is willing to sit back and read. So pour yourself your favorite beverage and click away.
  10. I understand you are hoping to get this equipment approved and installed. Please keep in mind you are talking about waiting until July to "get the latest information" because the ADS-B deadline is fast approaching. If this is the equipment you are wanting I'd start the LOA process today by filling out the form and get the ball rolling. What if CSA just drags their feet as usual? With with the end of the year approaching you run the risk of being grounded or unable to fly in rule airspace. I wish you luck with this.
  11. Hi Mike, I applaud your optimism on this actually happening. I know we talked about this at SNF and you like their products. It seems like a simple solution but the install is another issue in my opinion. Have you submitted the LOA form to Josh yet for the uAvionix products? Please keep us informed as to the LOA costs and time involved.
  12. Hi Russell and welcome. Reading your post made me laugh and realize that you are the "new" guy here. There's a lot to read on this subject and the short answer is "no". CSA has already approved the Garmin GTX-335 for ABS-B out to satisfy the 2020 mandate. This alone took them several years to do as they simply dont like "change". Thankfully the FAA mandate forced them to address the subject for US owners or they never would have. It's HIGHLY unlikely they will approve anything else for ADS-B OUT. As mikeomaha stated he's also looking at the uAvionix equipment but the only way that would EVER be considered is for an owner to apply for it through CSA's brand new LOA process. To date, I know of no one who has started or gone through the process. CSA, after 13 years in business, just finally, within the last few months, came up with a LOA process. Mind you it's the most difficult and most expensive LOA process in the industry for current owners from my research. I dont know if mikeomaha is going to apply for an LOA for the uAvionix products so we'll have to wait and see if he does. Just dont expect CSA to issue a SB for any other product for ADS-B out. The "10 minute install" also does not apply to the SportCruisers as you'll need to remove the old Kuntzleman strobes and driver box behind the passenger seat. The newer planes have different light all together. On top of that you'll need to install some sort of adaptor plate that will allow you to mount the uAvionix parts to the existing threaded holes in the wingtip of the SportCruiser. Add to that some rewiring before you can install the uAvionix wing tip products. Take it from me, it's not a 10 minute install. I swapped out my old Kuntzleman NAV/Strobes with new Aveo Engineering Powerburts all LED NAV/Strobes and had to make adaptor plates so I count mount the new lights. They do not simply bolt on the wing. Then some rewiring. Just swapping out my old school, Kuntzleman xenon strobes for the cool Aveo Engineering ones took several hours to do. Long story short, without paying a lot of money to CSA for time and research and for them to even consider this option could be a long shot. I give anyone props for attempting this new LOA process. Hope this clears up a few things and muddies the water some more on other items. Again, welcome to the forum.
  13. I plan on staying put here in Florida although I do love to visit your state. I've always told my girlfriend that she is welcome to move to California anytime. I also told her that I'd miss her and would visit when I could. I do know it's expensive but it is beautiful out there. As is Arizona and Utah, I love both places as well. My girlfriend is a tax attorney and she knows the value in Florida for retirement, when that time comes. Now that we have 3 very nice annual aviation expos/shows here in Florida and great weather for year round flying why would I go anywhere else?
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