Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Finding A Czech Mate For Flying Adventures
The European SportCruiser LSA comes into its own
How a trainer falls out of the sky can be as important as how it flies, and the SportCruiser's stall characteristics are suitably polite. Noticeable buffeting gives fair warning of the impending stall, and the nose falls straight ahead, the break coming at about 39 knots clean and 32 knots in the landing configuration. Woodard performs them on every demo flight. "I want them to see the stall isn't going to hurt them," he said.
A Budding Relationship?
Meanwhile, I was quickly warming to the SportCruiser with its excellent visibility and roomy cabin, about two inches wider than a Bonanza's. If I was actually transitioning to a SportCruiser, I realized I'd have plenty of room for luggage with two levels of storage behind the seats and two wing lockers that can each hold an additional 22 pounds of gear. For distance traveling, the 15 gallons of fuel per side equates to more than 500 nm of range.
Moreover, if I had an SVAP+, in addition to SkyView I'd have the added benefit of armrests, improved ventilation, a big handle to help open and close the canopy, and other interior enhancements—improvements integrated into the SportCruiser shortly before the introduction of the SVAP+. That "eHarmony for pilots" was starting to sound more tempting by the moment.
The SportCruiser is sold in three models: The Classic, with steam gauges, has a base price of $129,450, with options that can bring the cost up to about $145,000; the SVAP Light, with one Dynon screen, is priced from $143,200 to about $160,000; the SVAP+, with dual Dynon screens, is priced from $163,350 to about $170,000.
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