Purchasing choices

Talk about airplanes! At last count, there are 39 (and growing) FAA certificated S-LSA (special light sport aircraft). These are factory-built ready to fly airplanes. If you can't afford a factory-built LSA, consider buying an E-LSA kit (experimental LSA - up to 99% complete).

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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby dstclair » Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:06 pm

I own a Sting S3 and pre-S4 canopies are very easy to crack open during taxi and runup (just keep your arm on the armrest) and generate plenty breeze to make it tolerable in Dallas in the summer. The airscoops provide plenty ventilation once you're airborne.

I've only sat in an S4 but I don't think it would be problem leaving the canopy unlatched on the ground but you'll find out!
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby RTK » Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:33 pm

Congratulations Warmi! Hopefully the aircraft suits you, and it comes home with you!

If you are open to the suggestion, there's a product called B-kool which is an icebox based air chiller. This should work nicely to keep the cabin cool during takeoff and landing. I have it on my "saved list" to acquire one shortly for my Sportcruiser as I don't want to forget to latch the canopy on hot days.

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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Merlinspop » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:54 am

RTK wrote:If you are open to the suggestion, there's a product called B-kool which is an icebox based air chiller. This should work nicely to keep the cabin cool during takeoff and landing. I have it on my "saved list" to acquire one shortly for my Sportcruiser as I don't want to forget to latch the canopy on hot days.


There are several DIY plans out there for this sort of thing. Instead of buying a unit for 3-4 hundred dollars, you can make your own for $50.
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Warmi » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:21 pm

I was seriously looking at portable cooling systems - it adds about 30 pounds but it should be doable for a local flight with a passenger.
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Nomore767 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:37 pm

So....did you buy the Sting?

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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Warmi » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:49 pm

We did travel to Little Rock , spend a day with at the dealership with Bill Canino - 40 minutes ( awesome ) demo flight.
Yes, I signed the paper, pre-buy was finished last night without major issues ( except dead efis which was replaced ).
I am funding it partially with Nafco so the final closing will happen on Monday.
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Warmi » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:56 pm

Btw. Got an insurance quote ( via AOPA ) for a $100 k hull coverage + option for other pilots , private or better with 300 hours and 5 in make/model for $2050 per year.
Keep in mind that I am a student pilot with only 35 hours so I think it is a good deal.
It started out with almost $4000 per year heheh
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Nomore767 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:47 pm

Congrats! Wish you all the best with your new plane!

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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Warmi » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:53 pm

Thanks.

So now it is official - the plane is mine :-)
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby TimTaylor » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:59 pm

Congratulations.
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby MrMorden » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:06 am

That's great Warmi, have fun with it!

I agree that given your experience the insurance quote seems reasonable.
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Wm.Ince » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:45 am

Congratulations, Warmi!
May you have blue skies and happy landings.
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Warmi » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:30 pm

Thanks guys.

Hoping for weather to cooperate this weekend and have their CFI/Ferry Pilot bring the plane over to my location - will do some training etc ...
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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby 3Dreaming » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:13 pm

I used to fly a pipeline patrol that stopped at interstate 80 at Mokena. I flew past just west of Frankfort on my way home twice a week for several years. I think I only stopped there once. I stopped a few times at New Lenox, but that airport tis long gone.

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Re: Purchasing choices

Postby Warmi » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:57 pm

Hehe ... yeah, I am based right now at Bult Field (C56) which is not too far from Frankfort, offers cheap hangars and overall great quality for very low price.
There was ( and still kind of is ) a private airstrip in Frankfort (http://www.airnav.com/airport/LL40) but , these days, all I see there is dozens and dozens of heavy snow removal and similar vehicles parked on the runway so it is not even available for emergency landings ...
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