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Finally a Plane

Postby designrs » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:03 pm

After 5 years of dreaming… Mine!

2011 SportCruiser / 225 hours
Photo at Ocean City, New Jersey, 26N

One one the reasons that I chose the SportCruiser is that I trained in and rented the same make/model aircraft for four years. Having observed multiple PiperSports / SportCruisers in a heavy training and rental environment gave me confidence in their durability and manners to be compatible with new pilots.

Thanks to all the great people on this board who share the knowledge and passion of aviation and reached out.

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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby David » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:06 pm

Congrats - she looks like fun just sitting on the ramp!

Looking forward to seeing her in the air.
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby CTLSi » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:34 pm

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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby Wm.Ince » Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:20 am

Congratulations!
That's one beautiful little airplane.
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby Jack Tyler » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:35 am

Come on, Richard - don't just bait the hook. Share with us how you plan on using this gorgeous bird, now that she is yours.

Damn thing looks like it's going 50 kts while parked...
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby designrs » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:26 am

Jack Tyler wrote:Come on, Richard - don't just bait the hook. Share with us how you plan on using this gorgeous bird, now that she is yours.

Damn thing looks like it's going 50 kts while parked...


Well Jack, the first thing I am going to do when it gets cold is to fly down and camp out in front of your hangar in Florida!

:lol:

Seriously, will tell soon… thinking of starting a thread here called "Ownership" to chronicle the experience.

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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby FastEddieB » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:35 am

Absolutely gorgeous. You done good.

On the way to FL, follow I-81 SW a ways and use Copperhill as a fuel stop - plenty of 93 octane ethanol free available. And a place to overnight if you need it. Might even be able to squeeze you into a hangar.

Need to take me for a ride, of course!

Also along that route, Mountain Empire airport in VA had high test MOGAS last I checked. Nice people and a courtesy car available.
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby MrMorden » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:37 am

The SportCruisers are about the most sexy looking LSA out there, and that is one of the better looking ones I have seen.

Enjoy your new airplane, I know what it's like to fulfill that lifelong itch. You will feel like you are living in a dream for quite some time!
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby AJChenMPH » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:55 am

Nice, congrats!! (Where's the "green with envy" smiley face? :) )
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby snaproll » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:04 am

Congratulations - Absolutely a beautiful bird.. VR.. Don

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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby Flocker » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:00 pm

Congrats! I've only seen one... the yellow SC at the LSA Expo was absolutely gorgeous! If your willing to post your buying experience here, I'm sure it would be appreciated.

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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby designrs » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:25 am

FastEddieB wrote:Absolutely gorgeous. You done good.

On the way to FL, follow I-81 SW a ways and use Copperhill as a fuel stop - plenty of 93 octane ethanol free available. And a place to overnight if you need it. Might even be able to squeeze you into a hangar.

Need to take me for a ride, of course!

Also along that route, Mountain Empire airport in VA had high test MOGAS last I checked. Nice people and a courtesy car available.


Thanks Eddie and all. Will do! I'm looking forward to a trip South this Winter.
It would be great to see your area and catch up with you!

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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby designrs » Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:05 am

Flocker wrote:Congrats! I've only seen one... the yellow SC at the LSA Expo was absolutely gorgeous! If your willing to post your buying experience here, I'm sure it would be appreciated.


First off, I have been flying PiperSports / SportCruisers for over three years with about 160 hours in them. So while I am familiar with the aircraft, I'm still a new pilot and a first-time owner... which is a whole other world in terms of opportunity AND responsibility. Taking things slow and getting everything setup right.

I've been trying to buy a plane for almost 5 years. Had a deposit on the Cirrus LSA that never happened, almost brought a now defunct LSA brand (glad to have missed that), tried to get financing on new aircraft (even with excellent credit financing was very challenging and did not work out).

For months I was carefully watching the marketplace... a few other nice planes (and a whole bunch with issues). Finally this plane came about. It was the right deal and the right plane.

Happy now!

:D
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby Jack Tyler » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:48 am

Since we're putting together Richard's itinerary for him, let me add Arcadia Municipal X06 which is some miles southeast of Sarasota. A wonderful thing has been happening there, as a volunteer group formed to save the orphaned airport and breath some aviation life into in an area that has a storied aviation history. One of their primary objectives was to create a pilot shelter for visiting aircraft, something that's more common out west but rare east of the Mississippi. They were granted a 3 acre site right next to the hangars and have spent the entire hellishly-long/hot/humid summer grading, slash burning, and bringing in umpteen dump trucks of fill, and the initial portion of the site is now really taking shape. It will feature a semi-circular taxiway, right through stands of oaks, with campsites along the outside perimeter of the semi-circle that one can back the plane into and camp with shade. The amenities (fire pit, shelter with concrete pad, tables & benches and with a portalette hidden in the trees nearby) is on the inside of the semi-circle. The best part of Arcadia is this volunteer group: Friends of Arcadia Airport (google that to learn more). They are great hosts and plan to offer 'concierge service' for visitors. Arcadia itself is in the middle of Florida's cattle country (did you know we have more cattle than Texas?) and the small town has never been gentrified but instead has been able to economically sustain its character for many decades, so it's like visiting a FL town of the 40's.

For anyone who's in FL and would like to help create the services agenda and tweak the design of the facility, the RAF is holding a day event on October 18th which also happens to be Friends' monthly Pancake Breakfast. We'll walk the site, hear the mater plan described in detail, and then have a discussion about what a pilot, an aircraft owner and a camper would be looking for when stopping at Arcadia. This was Friends' idea because they want to make this as appealing a recreational destination for we pilots as possible. Hope to see some of you there.
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Re: Finally a Plane

Postby designrs » Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:13 am

Sounds absolutely fantastic Jack.
Thanks!


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