Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

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Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby c162pilot » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:33 pm

It appears to me that compared to a short while ago there seems to be a scarcity of used S-LSA's for sale. I am trying to help a friend locate an appropriate S-LSA and I noticed that on the major listing sites like Controller, ASO, Trade-a-Plane and Barnstormers there does not appear to be many planes for sale. Any thoughts on this? Is it just my perception, are the other places to look for used S-LSA's other than the sites mentioned above? Thank you all in advance for any advise or opinions you may have.

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby 3Dreaming » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:12 pm

It depends on what you are looking for. I know of a few around here that are for sale, but I don't think they are listed anywhere.

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby rsteele » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:13 am

Chesapeake Sport Pilot (in Maryland just outside of DC) is selling their two Sky Arrows.

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby FastEddieB » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:28 am

rsteele wrote:Chesapeake Sport Pilot (in Maryland just outside of DC) is selling their two Sky Arrows.

Ron


I'm hardly impartial, but have been very impressed with the build quality and durability of my Sky Arrow.

If you can get past the relatively slow cruise speed (95 kts) and heavy empty weight (about 860 lbs) and don't mind tandem seating (which I consider a plus), they'd make great little planes for someone.

Caveat: pretty sure at least one of them was repaired/reinforced following gear damage.
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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby MackAttack » Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:02 am

I have noticed the same thing re listings; when I was looking this spring, there were routinely numerous listings on controller, trade-a-plane, etc. Now there are many fewer. Lots of SportCruisers, Tecnams, even a few Bristells for example (not to mention or omit others, just the ones I remember) from 5-6 months ago. Not as many now, that's for sure.

Reasons? Perhaps there is a seasonality to it - people trying to sell/buy aircraft in the spring for the upcoming flying season? I have noticed that a fair number of dealers maintain a used inventory of traded-in aircraft, not all of which are listed ... or perhaps PBOR2 and a lack of demand so that folks are waiting until the dust settles?

I really can't say why it's the case, but I did notice the same thing ...

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby zaitcev » Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:56 pm

I'm selling the Carlson, which is a kind of a light-sport airplane, or at least Sport Pilot compatible, technically speaking. Not much interest in the 2 months it was on the market.

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby zaitcev » Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:50 pm

rsteele wrote:Chesapeake Sport Pilot (in Maryland just outside of DC) is selling their two Sky Arrows.


The ad at Barnstormers seems to have expired without a sale (unless they forgot to update it):

2006 SKY ARROW SPORT 600 • FOR SALE • 2430 TT, 553 SMOH, 0 since major airframe cosmetic refurb, Dynon D10, GTX 327, 406 ELT, LED ldg lite • Contact Chesapeake Sport Pilot, Owner - located Stevensville, MD USA • Telephone: 410-349-7594 . • Posted August 24, 2016

I'm surprised that Helen & Co. neglected to set the price. The tactic of "call to hear a random number" is a turn-off for many people.

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby foresterpoole » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:53 pm

Since I've been looking it seems to be the same planes, a few added here and there. The number of the adds cant match say used C172's, but as I understand it this is kind of a new market so used may be hard to find. guess I can find four general types on the market: kits either partially completed or about done, the "call for price" kind, which if it's like cars online simply means the price they want would scare a reasonable buyer away, high hours aircraft probably flight school trainers, and a very select few marginally priced (like 50's to 60's) mid hours (50% before tbo) aircraft.

I guess I'd have to get more serious to investigate any further, but who's offering financing? I have read a thread on this forum that is very pessimistic. Is it conceivable to put 15-20% down on a used LSA and finance for 20 years?
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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby Captain Bob » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:43 pm

I recently found and purchased a nearly perfect Arion Lightning. There were two side by side on Barnstormers at the exact same price. Looked at both and bought the perfect one. The 1,700 mile drive was worth it!
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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby foresterpoole » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:47 pm

I guess I'll dig this thread up, how's the Arion Cpt. Bob? I keep hearing good things and horror stories about them. There were 4 for sale on Controller, only 1 left now. I think only 2 were LS1's the other two looked to be the non-lsa XS versions... generally from what I have seen those can be picked up for 50-70g vs a Pipersport which demands 70-90 for a comparable hour/age aircraft.
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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby pjdavis » Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:13 am

Hi Ed,

Like you, I am an Arion Lightning fan. Yes, I have read the pro's & con's. I was surprised to see the 2 XS for that cheap. From what I have read about the plane - prior to 2012 there were some handling issues. The same reviewer (I think) did another review after update were done and gave it high marks. My only concern is the empty weight is 850 lbs.

I know a guy who has a kit from 2012 (updated model) for sale. It has a brand new continental 130 hp fadec (tuned down to lsa rules). the plane is about 40% complete. He is an experienced builder, as he has a Lancair 4 seat he built 5 years ago. I was very interested built I have some back problems and having built a replica Cobra from bare frame up, I am question myself if I would be physically able to do all the work required in building an airplane.

He is asking $40,000.00 - the kit is complete as far as everything needed to complete, except avionics and paint.

Let me know if you have an interest. I will be waiting to see Captain Bob's response.

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby 3Dreaming » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:16 am

pjdavis wrote: It has a brand new continental 130 hp fadec (tuned down to lsa rules). PJ


Just so you know there is no LSA rule that requires an engine to be tuned down. All the regulations say about an engine is ((6) A single, reciprocating engine, if powered.).
However for SLSA there used to be a formula for figuring useful load that used HP as part of the formula. Also sometimes the speed of the aircraft is limited by placing a limit for maximum continuous power.
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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby FastEddieB » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:19 am

Perhaps he meant "tuned down" so as to not exceed 120kcas at maximum continuous power?
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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby pjdavis » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:36 am

Yes, that is what I meant. In fact that is how it was explained to me. Sorry had a colonoscopy yesterday. My brain is still a bit scrambled.... :mrgreen:

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Re: Dearth of used S-LSA's for sale

Postby 3Dreaming » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:50 am

FastEddieB wrote:Perhaps he meant "tuned down" so as to not exceed 120kcas at maximum continuous power?


I was adding to my post when you posted. I only said something, because there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding of the rules for a LSA. In this case I would bet the engine is not really tuned down, but rather has a artificial RPM limit placed on it limiting max continuous power to meet the 120 kt CAS at Vh limitation.


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