12 thoughts on “Sport Cruiser Rises

  1. Why would I even consider a new, allegedly state-of-the-art plane without the option of fuel injection. Absurd. An ancient technology, prone to carb ice. One cannot buy even a $25,000 car with a CARB!

    Editor Goyer gave them a rather big pass here.

  2. Uhh….Rotax offers a fuel-injected version of the 912 engine. I was lucky enough to be a passenger in a SC this week. It was a long trip from Sun-n-Fun back to Texas. We burned 4.5 gph of 93 Octane MOGAS. It was roomy, comfortable and we carried a fair amount of baggage for two full-sized people. The engine started up instantly every single time. We had Garmin GPS (796), Autopilot, Digital PFD, Engine Monitoring, XM Weather & Radio. My friend bought his 6-yr old airplane for well-under $100k. I think it would be “absurd” to consider his plane “ancient technology” or ignore all the benefits listed in the article. No airplane is perfect, but I think the point of the article is that it’s a lot of bang-for-the-buck.

  3. Concerning the 120 knot cruise, is this the fastest cruise possible? Or is this at sea level? Does top cruise increase at altitude? In other words at 3,000, 5,000 or higher does the top cruise increase? If so, by how much?

  4. Rotax Bing carbs are pretty cool. They do automatic altitude compensation so no manual leaning etc for mixture control. The Rotax 912 ULS engine also likes mogas or avgas and has been a joy to own and maintain. Yes, the Rotax engine has gotten even better over time with more options avail, however my ’08 SportCruiser with the Rotax 100hp motor is still far more advanced than 90% of the GA fleet flying today. We’re loving it.

  5. What is the panel mounted annunciatior located at the top left side of the panel, appears http be yellow, and says EMS; what does it tell you? Thanks.

  6. The EMS stands for Engine Management System. It’s just an additional visual that one or more of the engine/systems are out of the green range. Most also have a voice annunciation as well as being displayed on the screen. Too cold, too hot, low volts, low or high pressure, canopy unlocked, low fuel, etc.

  7. I read somewhere that this plane has a bad safety record. I think it was Aviation Consumer, but I might be wrong.

  8. Andrew, before you make statements like you did about this aircraft you should do a little research. I just read the only 35 NTSB reports on this aircraft. The main theme was new pilots making bad decisions and issues not related to the aircraft. In fact this aircraft appears to recover and perform outstanding in critical situations according to NTSB findings. Please be more responsible in your remarks.

  9. I read in a different article that the Carbs are located on top of the engine and are no prone to Carb icing. Is this accurate?

  10. Their Florida facility is in Sebastian Fl. Airport X26. They are hosting an open house March 24 2018. I plan to stop in and see them as it is only a mile from my house.

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