New US Sky Arrow distributor

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New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby proemer » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:50 am

Low Country Aviation (SC) seems to be the new US Sky Arrow Distributor. They seem to be connected closely with the Italian company, and are attempting to get a US production certificate for the airplane. Their number is 855-435-9522.
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:00 pm

I found that about a month ago. Before deciding on the Sling2, the Sky Arrow was number one on the list. I flew serial #1 around 1998 or 99, tested it for my agency. I wanted one, but at the time owned a twin Grumman Cougar. Prior to Low Country, their distributor was UA Areo, out of Denver. I could never get them on the line, until I sent an email to the factory in Italy. They were too busy, IMO, selling used jets, helicopters and new Extra aerobatic aircraft, in addition to the Sky Arrow. They sold a nicely equipped SA last summer, which was totaled on a leg of the delivery flight to Florida. It had 41 hours on the Hobbs, very sad.

The plane on the Low country website now, N86US, was the other plane that US Aero had on hand. guess Magnaghi owned it and it went to Low Country. I sincerely hope they do well, as the plane is a joy to fly, whether for pleasure or as a work platform, certified or LSA. It excels in all areas. I'm sure Eddie with drop in to offer his first hand experiences, to those who have more detailed questions on the SA.

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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby MrMorden » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:20 pm

The only thing I don't like about the Sky Arrow is the speed. 86kt is pretty slow for a 100hp, modern LSA.
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby proemer » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:02 pm

Yes, the Sky Arrow isn't the fastest LSA, but I do get 108 mph / 92 kts TAS all the time on about 5.5 gph. When sight seeing, I often use even less power for lower speeds... it is such a pleasure to fly!
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby FastEddieB » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:53 pm

Hi Pete!

I normally see 93-95 kias at 5,200 rpm or close to 100 kias at 5,400 rpm.

Still slow, but not that slow.

More to follow...
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby proemer » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:29 pm

I typically use 4800 rpm on the analog gauge, which shows up as 5150 on the Dynon... (take your pick!) for "high speed cruise". And my fuel consumption in cruise is closer to 5 gph than 6. So... I probably am using less than 75% power. At higher altitudes (which I prefer for going somewhere) the Bing carbs seem to run rich, so speed and fuel consumption seem about the same as near sea level.

Higher speeds really aren't much of a priority for me anymore. Been there, done that.

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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby FastEddieB » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:50 pm

proemer wrote:I typically use 4800 rpm on the analog gauge, which shows up as 5150 on the Dynon... (take your pick!)


Makes me wonder how accurate my analog gauge is! Maybe I should check it.

I spoke with them at the new distributor, and they seem friendly and motivated, with plans to assemble Sky Arrows there. I may fly over one day to check out their operation.

As far as "It excels in all areas", in the interest of full disclosure...

I love mine, warts and all. What warts?

1) It's heavy. Mine weighs in close to 860 lbs empty weight. I can't imagine new ones are any lighter.

2) It's kinda slow, as has been discussed.

3) Not a lot of fuel @ 18 gals. New ones have more.

4) Engine maintenance and access is a tad more difficult, requiring a ladder and de-cowling for some pretty basic tasks.

But the visibility and handling are superb. And overall, very reliable and economical. When I went to log my recent maintenance expenses regarding installing the new fuel pump (about $54 for hose and hose clamps) it was my first maintenance expense for 2018. Total for 2017 was only $514. Of course, some years are a lot more, as in when hose replacement or other scheduled maintenance is due. I have spent about $140 for MOGAS 11 hours or so I've flown so far this year.

Can't think of any LSA I'd rather own. If I had to replace it with something else, an RV12 would be high on my list.
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby TimTaylor » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:54 pm

And it a really cool airplane.
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby Warmi » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:56 pm

FastEddie ..
When you take your friends up for a ride, escpecially folks without any GA experience, do you get many questions/hesitation perhaps, related to them being “stuck” on their own in the back ?
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby MrMorden » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:02 pm

I retract my statement, 100kt is okay. For some reason I thought it was a bit slower.
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby FastEddieB » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:24 pm

Warmi wrote:FastEddie ..
When you take your friends up for a ride, escpecially folks without any GA experience, do you get many questions/hesitation perhaps, related to them being “stuck” on their own in the back ?


I can say that has simply never come up.

Well, maybe once on a Young Eagles flight. A young man had second thoughts on seeing the Sky Arrow. I can’t remember if he did in fact fly in a more “normal” plane that day - Karen might remember*.

Worth noting is the back seat is not at all like the back seat of a Cub or Champ or Citabria. In those, you feel like you’re in a cave in the back. In the Sky Arrow the rear seat sits higher than the front, and the wing is far enough back its largely out of view.

You can get the idea here - Karen trying out a Sky Arrow with Mitch Hansen, to get her seal of approval before committing:

Image

*edited to add: Karen says he was just nervous about flying alone, and went with some other kids in a Bonanza.
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby TimTaylor » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:31 pm

I've flown back there twice. It's fun.
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby Warmi » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:58 pm

Yeah, it is open... I was more wondering about first time flyers needing that human contact/face to reassure them that all these funky noises and sensations they experience are quite normal :D

Anyway, what keeps amazing me is the total , almost 360 degrees , visibility you get with your sky arrow.

Like in this video : https://youtu.be/8GGkxuNUZlI

Pretty darn amazing.

Anyway, one last question ... it looks to me like your Arrow is similar to a low wing like Sting or Evektor when it comes to , say an emergency landing on some rough field , and the overall risk of being stuck upside down under this admittedly gorgeous canopy.
Not to be morbid or anything but do you have some kind of tool or something to use to break out in an emergency ... i am kind of in a similar situation and just wondering how other folks prepare for this ...
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby dstclair » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:36 pm

I carry this for emergency use, including breaking the canopy: https://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/stor ... l?s=GB1629

Neat article on breaking a Plexiglas canopy: http://www.europa.com/~swayze/RV-7A/Cha ... eting.html
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Re: New US Sky Arrow distributor

Postby proemer » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:58 am

In case of "rollover" on the ground, the rear windows are easily removable and are considered the emergency exit.

In fact, the airplane can be flown with the rear windows removed entirely for photography, etc.

I have to agree entirely with Fast Eddie's list of pluses and minuses... and with 900 hours in Sky Arrows, it really seems to be in a class all by itself in terms of pure pleasure flying...

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