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  1. @whiskeypapa, Congratulations on 1 Juliet Bravo! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸ» And welcome to the Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW) brotherhood! 😜 We're all family on this forum (Sportcruiser/Piper Sport owners), but as I'm sure others may have advised, the factory has a special, distant "pay no mind" corner for the CZAW produced Sportcruisers. The plane looks beautiful! Glad the flight home was mostly uneventful and the avionics squawks can be sorted quickly and easily. Recommendation (especially if tied-down outdoors): Buy a gust lock, and a good canopy cover. Looking forward to reading more about your experience with your Sportcruiser!
  2. I second Shawn's suggestion. If Cruiser in Utah doesn't have one, you'll wait a long time for the factory to make one and send to you. I last checked in 2017 (I think) when Cruiser was in Sebastian, Florida and they had both a left and right tank they ordered by accident, and I needed the left tank. It was about $1,000 from what I remember (without shipping - I flew in and picked it up). Utah may very well have the right tank still in stock if nobody purchased it since then. Welding a tank (since your IA has it out, and to Shawn's point) is a good option. If your IA can't weld it, any radiator shop that can TIG weld should be able to do the job (and may be able to flush out and pressure test.)
  3. Hi Doc - I echo Shawn's statement of both a welcome to the forum, and many thanks to you for your Service, as well as all that you do in support of our men and women serving our country. Looking forward to learning more about your Sportcruiser and the fun flights you'll be taking to visit family and tasty airport diner meals around you! In the interim, I think you'll find that the forum is a treasure trove of information and there are a lot of great and helpful members here.
  4. Welcome TRC! Glad you made it over to SC Flier forum! Sorry to read of the medical issue in the past. Hopefully the aeromedical doctors can work to clear, or get your a special issuance for a PPL. And very good that you're checking ahead of time. I think you're in a good part of the country for LSA and flying in general. And certainly surrounded by plenty of airports to fly to. I'm envious as there's more aviation activities on the East Coast than there are out on the West Coast. (And things are generally cheaper too!)
  5. You'll have to tell me more about how much you like Leeward Air Ranch, Stan! Some beautiful homes there and I am starting to think about places for me to go for my retirement in about 10-13 years. (I have to put my 14 year old son through college first...ouch.)
  6. Ditto with MikeOmaha - Shawn's on point with his advice. I changed to E-LSA when I got my plane to the West Coast. Most definitely use recommended DARs as some are more expensive than others. I would wait until your are E-LSA to select your method of ADS-B compliance. CSA's approved solution is the bare minimum and they chose that solution to make it easy for them, not for you. You really do want the full ADS-B In/Out solution. Shawn's recommended Aera 660/GDL-82/GDL-39 3D (or now GDL-52) will give you a full puck around your plane and you'll hear the audible announcements of traffic, etc. As for insurance - zero difference.
  7. Welcome, Joe! Good luck on the training and let us know how it's coming along! The Piper Sport/Sportcruiser is a spectacular aircraft to fly, and I'm sure you'll enjoy training in it! Keep an eye on Barnstormers, Controller, or Trade-a-Plane for available aircraft. You can also reach out to Patrick Arnzen at Thrust Flight as he was the former distributor, knows the plane inside and out, and has a very good connection to aircraft for sale. One thing for sure - you're on the better side of the country as there seems to be a lot more Sportcruisers/Piper Sport aircraft on the Eastern half of the country vs. the Western half!
  8. Thank you Dave and Dave! I thought it was my browser. Was thrilled to check in and see the familiar icons and this thread. Much appreciated!
  9. Shawn, as usual, is correct. N85PB is airframe 08SC115, which was previously registered as N797BS. It was involved in an off field landing in Casa Grande, Arizona in 2009. (https://www.planecrashmap.com/plane/az/N797BS/) Apparently the canopy was not locked down and an emergency off field landing was made near the wind sock where the left wing struck a scrub tree and partially separated the wing and broke the canopy glass.
  10. Hi Jose, Welcome to the forum! I'm not sure what "problems" the first gen Sportcruisers (or pre-2010 CZAW Sportcruisers) have? I know that they are lighter (more useful load) and have some winglet and elevator differences versus newer Sportcruisers (2010 and up.) The older Sportcruisers also had the 1st generation nose gear, but if the owner followed the Service Bulletins, that should have been replaced with a 3rd generation nose gear. Other than a few issues trying to comply with factory Service Bulletins (due to minor differences in construction), the early Sportcruisers are awesome. Even more so if converted to E-LSA. As for the aircraft you're looking at, here's my thoughts, but there are more knowledgeable and eagle-eyed members here that can probably see other things I may have missed: N85PB: Looks like a nice aircraft. Very low hours. Not sure if the 496 is original, or if a 396 should have been in the panel. BRS needs to be repacked every 6 years, so it will be due this year (if not already.) Do not see a Garmin GTX-335 (which factory issued as a Service Bulletin for ADS-B compliance). N636SC: Nice looking plane, but not sure if one of the gauges was changed in the passenger panel with an un-authorized gauge. Older transponder as well. Same advisory as above about the BRS repack (should have been done last year on a 2007 aircraft) and ADS-b compliance. Custom leather interior likely performed without an LOA. N999VS: Already E-LSA, so that's nice. Pretty sure it's been repainted, but looks good. TruTrak EFIS is no longer made or supported, but is functional. 2nd gen nose gear should be updated. ADS-B compliance will be needed if you fly in Mode-C airspace. N413PS: Piper Sport - so newer generation plane. Looks like a nice plane. Engine is at half time. Good that it just completed an annual, but you may want to check logbooks. I don't think the 796 is original and believe the 696 was the original GPS. Not sure, but it looks like it's at KSFF (Spokane, Washington) and not Puerto Rico (otherwise getting it here might be a challenge...)
  11. Hi Sue, welcome! I hope you are doing well and not affected by the fires or the smoke in NorCal. This is an awesome forum to find out more about the Sportcruiser, and the forum members are very helpful. Please ask any questions you may have! I'm in SoCal, but we have a few members in the Northern California region. But will definitely drop a line to say "hello" if flying up that way, or if we ever arrange a West Coast get together (whether a fly-in at a restaurant, or at one of the various aircraft shows).
  12. Dave, thank you for pushing on the forum software team to get the changes made. Hopefully we won't need to resurrect any topics after 12 years!
  13. I logged this is AM and it was the old look. Just logged in now and got the new look! Liking it, and very much appreciate all the hard work to keep this forum going, Dave! 😁
  14. Outstanding - good to try and fly aircraft before you buy. But Shawn summed it up very well... early (CZAW) built aircraft are a little different than the 2010+ Sportcruisers. Main thing is weight. I have an early 2008 Sportcruiser without the parachute, but I have a good amount of useful load. I'm based out of KFUL. I'll drop you a line if I ever get out to KGEU. Summer and Monsoon season isn't the time to fly cross country to Arizona, but I may try to do it over the winter. Or in February for the Copper State Fly-In (https://www.copperstate.org)
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