Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

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Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

Postby rcigliano » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:36 pm

I was checked out in the SportCruiser on March 28. This is the plane that Piper is distributing as the PiperSport.

It is a sleek and sexy airplane and a lot of fun to fly. It has a Garmin SL40, GTX 320 TXP, PS 3000, Garmin 496, Dual Dynons D100 EFIS and D120 EMS TruTrak AP with alt hold. As well a BRS.

It is very spacious with a 46 inch wide cabin and has a a 460 lb useful load. It stalls at 32 kts and cruises at around 115 - 120 kts. It is a blast to fly. :D

My FBO, Mid Island Air has purchased 3 more and are planning to add PiperSports and make them their primary trainer. It is great seeing that LSAs are getting the respect they are due.

I discussed my first flight in the SportCrusier on episode 8 of The New Pilot PodBlog
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Re: Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

Postby DJTorrente » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:31 pm

Rob,

Are they equipped/certified for night or IFR?

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Re: Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

Postby rcigliano » Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:35 pm

Dave

It has night lighting; strobes, landing and nav. I do not believe it is certified for IFR.
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Re: Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

Postby champguy » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:40 pm

I can not help but wonder if Piper hasn't stolen a march on Cessna. Big time.
That is hard for me because I like high wings, and Cessnas, and can not imagine being at an airshow without a place to get under the wing and out of the sun.
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Postby rcigliano » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:14 pm

I believe this is a huge win for Piper. They are coming to the LSA marker well before Cessna. With all the buzz surrounding the PiperSport there might be so many already on the line that Cessna will have a lot of catching up to do. Piper might just corner the trainer market with this move.
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Re: Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

Postby Soccer-Jock » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:40 am

I consciously spent an extended amount of time in the LSA Mall this year at SNF.
I am pleasantly surprised at where LSA is going. I'm making a commitment to myself to try to actually fly some of these if at all possible. I know the opportunity just to sit in them has changed my mind in a number of areas:

I had a huge love affair - from afar - with the Remos GX but now after having time to actually sit in one for more than 30 seconds that love affair for me has waned. My excitement to actually see Cessna's new Skycatcher was met with disappointment in the "finish" of the product and the controls. Both have obtrusively tall panels compared to other choices.
When I compare it to the Flight Design MCLS and the PiperSport ** for me, and in my opinion ** these two aircraft come out on top. They have construction refinements that some of the LSAs seem to lack and they have room in places the others don't seem to. (mind you I'm 6'2" and 165 lbs)

One thing is for sure: No matter which one [b]you[b] prefer, competition is a good thing for all of us. The cover of EAA's may edition of Sport Aviation really sums up what I believe should be the mantra for Light Sport... The Joy of Flying. It's really not about this plane being 10 KTs faster than another, or this plane having Dynon while another has an Aspen. I'm beginning to embrace Sport Pilot from a private pilot perspective: This is cheap, simple, less complicated (from a medical certification standpoint) flying. If most pilots take an honest look at how they fly, you might find that LSA actually fits the needs of 80% or more of your recreational flying.
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Re: Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

Postby rcigliano » Fri May 07, 2010 6:58 pm

You hit the nail on the head why I fly an LSA. It fits my current mission. I fly short to medium trips either by myself or with one other person. So a 2 seater is perfect. Add to that it is $70/hr cheaper than the DA40 I learned in while burning 5 gal/hr while cruising at 115 kts it is a no brainer. I talk about this on my podcast.

I have flown 2 Tecnams, the Eaglet and sierra. Both ware nice planes. If you see a tecnam check it out. They have been in. Business for 60 years.

I personally like the SportCruiser better. But you are right LSAS are definitely worth looking at if it fulfils your mission.
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Re: Checked Out in the SportCruiser AKA Piper Sport

Postby lucaberta » Sat May 08, 2010 5:08 am

rcigliano wrote:I have flown 2 Tecnams, the Eaglet and sierra. Both ware nice planes. If you see a tecnam check it out. They have been in. Business for 60 years.

how true, Rob!

Tecnam is part of aviation history in Italy, as much as SIAI Marchetti, the makers of the 260, is. Marchetti is from the north of Italy, not far from Milan, while Tecnam is close to Naples.

Tecnam was previously known as Partenavia, and has a long history of certified GA aircraft such as the P64, P66 and twin P68, the older cousin of the new P2006T which is featured on this month's cover of AOPA Pilot. In the dark years of aviation, Partenavia was restructured to become Tecnam, and was one of the first companies to embrace change and to shift focus to cheaper and simpler planes in the LSA category, so the high-wing P92 and low-wing P96 were born, and they have been by far the most successful LSA plane on the market in Italy and Europe. The US-market versions with LSA weights are the P2004 Bravo and P2002 Sierra, and the more recent P92 Eaglet.

The Pascale brothers, at the helm of the company since forever, have a wonderful story to tell and I found quite some good information online:

http://www.tecnam.com/index_en.html
http://www.tecnam.com.au/about_us.asp
http://www.tecnam.net/AboutUs_Tecnam.php

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