E-I-C Note: The Aero-TV Team --
Jim, Tom, Nathan, Paul, The
'Other' Jim, Ashley, Birgit, Wes, Klyde, Anjin, and the rest of the
aero-gnomes -- want to wish you Happy Holidays while we
all pursue our own various and sundry holiday diversions. Our
regular daily webcasting schedule will resume promptly on Monday,
January 3rd, 2011. In the meantime, please enjoy this 'classic'
episode of Aero-TV from the past year as we all
recover from our various and sundry Christmas/New
Lakeland kicks off the “spring season” for many
in the general aviation community, and Piper paved the way for the
new season with the first delivery of the PiperSport; three
co-owners took the keys for Piper’s new entry into the light
sport aircraft market. The three co-owners, hailing from
Miami, Florida, share more than their enthusiasm for the PiperSport
in common: all three are extremely experienced pilots.
Two of the owners, Charlie Carlon, a 20,000+ hour retired Delta
Airlines Airbus Pilot, and Brian Garhammar, a 16,000+ hour retired
ATA pilot, are currently Airbus Flight simulator teachers.
The third co-owner, Dr. Mike Morduant, is a veterinarian who
has 42 years behind the cockpit.
The PiperSport was publicly unveiled at the 2010 Sport Aviation
Expo; built by Czech Sport Aircraft, located in the Czech Republic,
Piper expects to deliver 75 PiperSports this year alone. The
LSA features a rate of climb of 1,200 feet per minute with a
maximum cruise speed of 138 miles per hour and an altitude of
With a gross weight of 1,320 pounds, and a range of 600 nautical
miles, the PiperSport offers astounding flexibility. In
addition, PiperSport’s automotive fuel compatibility offers
customers the advantage of refueling anywhere in the world that
offers either 100LL or premium, unleaded automotive fuel.
Piper Aircraft offers the new LSA in three design variants:
The PiperSport, the PiperSport LT, and the PiperSport LTD.
Both the PiperSport and the PiperSport LT function primarily
as training models selling for $119,00 and $129,000
The professional model, the PiperSport LTD, sells for $139,000.
All three models feature the 100-hp Rotax 912 engine,
complete with the BRS aircraft parachute recovery