It was a Cinderella story gone bad in 2011 when Piper Aircraft, just one year after plucking the sleek Czech-built CSA SportCruiser from obscurity and rechristening it the PiperSport, unceremoniously dumped the aircraft that the famed OEM had licensed as its LSA offering. But, anyone who thought the stylish, well-built SportCruiser had used up its 15 minutes and would disappear back into the European light-sport pack most likely never flew the aircraft or considered that the pilots from Piper were smitten for a reason—regardless of what went on behind closed doors that led to the split.
Onward And Upward
Today, the Czech SportCruiser and its manufacturer, Czech Sport Aircraft of Kunovice, in the Czech Republic’s “Aviation Valley,” are doing just fine, thank you. At last year’s Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in January, the company introduced its top-of-the-line SportCruiser SVAP+, featuring Dynon’s SkyView integrated avionics suite with dual Dynon 10-inch displays, and sold a healthy 27 aircraft by year’s end. With the 2014 Expo marking the 10th anniversary of the LSA category, revisiting the SportCruiser offered a fitting way to honor the milestone.