New Guy in NH

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Bobrob
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New Guy in NH

Postby Bobrob » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:58 pm

Hey all,

As the title says, I'm new to the forum and to the world of Sport Pilot/LSA. I've had a PPL with instrument rating for about 25 years now but due to a one off medical occurance the FAA says is disqualifying, I'm getting back into it flying an RV-12. Great little airplane and a blast to fly, but at $175/hr to rent, it's a bit spendy.

That said, I'm looking to buy or build something in the coming months or years depending on what I decide. With all the rumors floating around about the changes to SP/LSA, I'm glad I'm in no rush. I'd hate to spend $90K on an RV-12 only to have the rules change allowing me to fly an Archer again.

If anyone is in NH and has a CH-650 built, I'd love the chance to check it out some day (that one is on my short list of kits, too).

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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Scooper » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:57 pm

Welcome to Sport Pilot Talk, Bob.

I fly a AMD CH601XLi converted to ELSA through a DAR and love it. I've flown CH650s and they fly very similarly. Sadly, I'm on the left coast.

If I were you, I wouldn't hold my breath for the proposed changes to the LSA standards. The bureaucracy doesn't do anything in a hurry, and often the pace of change is glacial. Many LSAs meeting the current ASTM standards are quite capable.

I'm assuming that your most recent medical certificate hasn't been suspended or revoked, your most recent application for a medical certificate hasn't been denied, or your most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn. Any one of these disqualifies you from using a valid state driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate to exercise the privileges of a sport pilot.
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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Wm.Ince » Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:11 pm

Welcome to the forum, Bobrob!
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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:30 pm

Welcome to the forum.

I’m a PP who migrated to Light Sport, currently own a Sling 2, S-LSA. It’s also available in a kit. It’s as responsive as the -12, but if built EAB MAUW IS 1540 lbs, not 1320. There is no difference structurally, between the S-LSA version and the kit, it’s all about paperwork. The factory has already stated they will provide paperwork IF and When the FAA ever make the change to weight.

Good Luck!

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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Bobrob » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:10 pm

Scooper wrote:Welcome to Sport Pilot Talk, Bob.

I fly a AMD CH601XLi converted to ELSA through a DAR and love it. I've flown CH650s and they fly very similarly. Sadly, I'm on the left coast.

If I were you, I wouldn't hold my breath for the proposed changes to the LSA standards. The bureaucracy doesn't do anything in a hurry, and often the pace of change is glacial. Many LSAs meeting the current ASTM standards are quite capable.

I'm assuming that your most recent medical certificate hasn't been suspended or revoked, your most recent application for a medical certificate hasn't been denied, or your most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn. Any one of these disqualifies you from using a valid state driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate to exercise the privileges of a sport pilot.



Thanks.

Yeah I knew better than to apply for a medical so I'm good in that regard. My doc at the time advised me to let it expire.

Had my BFR (or flight review) signed off last week in the RV-12 which is a blast to fly, but 30K more to build unless I do it as an E-AB, which I'd rather avoid with that airframe. The CH-650 looks great and I like the idea of putting the 130 HP UL engine up front so.... I'm leaning heavly in that direction.

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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Bobrob » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:12 pm

Sling 2 Pilot wrote:Welcome to the forum.

I’m a PP who migrated to Light Sport, currently own a Sling 2, S-LSA. It’s also available in a kit. It’s as responsive as the -12, but if built EAB MAUW IS 1540 lbs, not 1320. There is no difference structurally, between the S-LSA version and the kit, it’s all about paperwork. The factory has already stated they will provide paperwork IF and When the FAA ever make the change to weight.

Good Luck!


Keeping my fingers crossed they do something about the weight/performance matrix but not holding my breath. I'm not getting any younger so I'll pull the trigger on something sooner rather than later.

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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Atrosa » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:12 pm

Hey NH guy. I hope to have my sport cert in 2020 so i can fly from CT to my vacation property in NH. I have some land in Dalton. Right next to Forest Lake. What part of NH do you reside? KHIE is the closest to my property. I could use 8B2 as well but i think KHIE is a better facility.
-Tony

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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Bobrob » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:08 am

Atrosa wrote:Hey NH guy. I hope to have my sport cert in 2020 so i can fly from CT to my vacation property in NH. I have some land in Dalton. Right next to Forest Lake. What part of NH do you reside? KHIE is the closest to my property. I could use 8B2 as well but i think KHIE is a better facility.
-Tony



I'm about 8 miles south of Laconia. I've been flying out of Portsmouth, which is a bit of a haul but it's the closest place to rent an LSA and get my BFR signed in the same. I'll probably base out of Laconia or Concord, Skyhaven in Rochester is also a possibility. Hangar space is tough to come by so that will play a role in addition to location. The rates I have found run around $400/month for shared space, T-Hangars are so scarce, I have yet to find one open.

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Re: New Guy in NH

Postby Atrosa » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:16 am

I'm hoping to make my 4 hour car ride from central CT to Dalton NH a 2 hour flight. Driving through the Presidentials is fun flying over them must be spectacular.


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