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  1. Another thing is that there just aren't that many (frequented) forums for Light Sport/Rotax folks out there to begin with ...
  2. Welcome, That's an interesting take... VL3 Aircraft surely appears quite fast ( I presume you are looking for the 915is version ) and I am sure they a lot of fun to fly for your typical local flying ( I mean hundreds not thousands of miles ) but I am not sure how you gonna manage the gross limit which is still only around 1322 lbs and that's a lot less than DA40 which will translate into pretty slim useful load not to mention the fact that it surely won't be any better in turbulence than DA40. I mean, it does look and sound like a another fun Czech plane ( I personally don't have a
  3. Yep, that’s why I don’t want one 😀 Btw. Arion Lightning planes have nothing in common with Lancair planes except maybe it looks kind of similar ( but so does SportCruiser to some degree ) Arion Lightning legacy includes this plane - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocomp_VM-1_Esqual
  4. Lightning is much more docile plane than the Lancair - I think of it as “Lancair for dummies” , which is for me 🙂 - I don’t need all that ultra speed that comes with Lancair and don’t want to fly a plane with 80 knots landing speed.
  5. Get your 3rd class medical - to me that is a no-brainer. You can fly anything with it - SC , Lightning - whatever ... Personally, I was kind of looking at the new Lightning as my next plane ( either that or Sling 4 TSI - but I don't need 4 seats). With the Titan engine it will cruise faster but the main thing for me is 17XX lbs gross which is what I am having problems with on my Sting S4 - not enough gross. I am 6 feet 210 LBS , my wife is almost 6 feet and while she is pretty thin , at 6 feet she is still heavier than most women + BRS and we are maxed out with fuel. With 17XXX
  6. Just curious ... so what happened to yours and what are you flying these days ?
  7. This. When I stress about various costs of maintenance ( floats price etc ) my wife always likes to remind me - “this thing is flying us around , pay for it !”
  8. That’s ok .. I have no problem owning a LSA plane and are more then happy to fly it regardless if there are better options available but, still, I think having all the facts and potential risks of purchasing an LSA plane in market that is about to completely change - it can’t hurt to point it out. And no, market driven innovations generally take years and generations of products before they become the norm - plenty of time to adjust - the current LSA market was created basically overnight with a stroke of a pen and can be destroyed/completely changed just as quickly. PS. I ow
  9. Well, my point is , keep in mind that if you do buy a plane , say for $140k , and the new rule becomes effective 2-3 years down the line it could be entirely possible for prices for these planes to drop 50% or so as soon as new models with higher gross and fewer limitations hit the market. This is a risk that we all assume participating in a market that is not driven by technological boundaries but rather by artificial bureaucratic limitations where entire product lines can be made obsolete with a single stroke of a pen.
  10. I would not go for a new one or anything above 110 - used , a few years old with around 200 hours for about 100-110 k would be what I would consider a sweet spot. I keep hearing that LSA sales are going to hell ( supposedly it is combination of new Basic Med rules and FAA LSA limits change proposals ) so there is no point buying anything new, unless money is no factor , of course 🙂
  11. I was told during rotax training to be careful and make sure not to try to force the bowl up because , it is is misaligned , you can do some damage to the floats - not saying that is what happened , since I cannot tell for sure, but the float was clearly chipped at the corner exactly where it would line up with the metal edge if misaligned. It maybe be that ,after 6 years , they started flaking but it was only that edge and nothing else - I replaced them anyway.
  12. I couldn't - you may be more lucky but personally I no longer take any chances... I had my plane serviced at a known Rotax mechanic in Chicago area and ended up with the following maintenance induced issues : A leaking carb fuel line after 5 year rubber replacement ( either a bad clamp or re-used clamp , could't tell but it failed ) Carb bowl debris after annual ( I presume it was due to hastily installing the carb bowl which caused the float to chip away ) which resulted in takeoff time engine trouble - A cr
  13. What is required in an annual should be listed in your AMM manual
  14. If a part gets replaced and it is done properly where you can’t tell the difference then it wouldn’t matter to me - frankly , that’s added value to me since it will most likely last longer than if it was the original but ,yeah, it all needs to be documented. I had my upper front gear strut replaced because it cracked at the weld point due to vibration ( the nut was loose and the strut was vibrating on takeoff ) and it got replaced with a newer strut design that is completely solid without any welds - but I have it documented in the book along with pictures of the weld that cracked , how
  15. Indeed , sad story - similar to that Arion Lightning that got busted while landing at Oshkosh just before being put up for sale ... Man I am truly impressed with your insider knowledge... either pretty much 90% of all LSAs for sale are within 90 mile radius of your location or you got some incredible contacts out there ... I wonder if there is some dark past history associated with my N184WA Sting S4, that you may know about 🙂
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