SportCruiser Offers Docile Handling... And Free Training?
Three aircraft... that's the number of certified S-LSAs Sport
Aircraft Works has introduced over the past six months. Aero-News
has just learned of the certification of the newest aircraft to
join SAW's stable, the SportCruiser.
The new SportCruiser is "designed to be eminently flyable,
enjoyable, and particularly affordable," according to Sport
Aircraft Works President, Danny Defelici. "With this airplane, SAW
now covers all the bases in Sport Pilot airplanes -- the Mermaid
amphibian, the cantilever-wing, high-performance Parrot, and now
the entry-level SportCruiser."
In addition to fantastic visibility (aided by rear quarter
windows that, to the editorial eye, give the side profile a
quasi-Lancair appearance... probably not by accident) and all-metal
construction, the new SportCruiser also comes with what SAW
believes is an industry first: a full twenty hours of free pilot
training. That is enough to meet the FAA requirements for the Sport
"We want to encourage those who have never flown, or those who
flew ages ago, to get into the cockpit," said Defelici. "An
airplane that is designed with the new flyer in mind should include
what the new flyer needs. We want our customers to feel prepared,
to feel good in their new airplanes, and there is no better way to
encourage them, than to provide up to 20 hours of instruction."
Training is provided at Sport Aircraft Works’s new
facility at the Indiantown (FL) Airport (X58).
Delivery of new SportCruisers is very quick. Defelici
anticipates that a customer could buy the SportCruiser and come to
Florida for training; and by the time he or she is licensed and
ready to fly, the new pilot will be comfortable at home in the new
Delfelci tells Aero-News the low-wing, 100hp SportCruiser
is ready to take a large payload a long way, on just a little
money. With pricing set at $65,000 and burning around 4.5 gallons
of autogas per hour, the SportCruiser won’t break the budget.
SAW also says the SportCruiser's American-designed, all-metal
traditional construction and US-sourced materials and airframe
components will help keep it flying (and insured!)
All three SAW aircraft are designed to be easy to fly, with
touchdown speeds in the high 20-knot range.
Sport Aircraft Works, importer and distributor of the Czech
Aircraft Works designs, completed all the certification work on
"We said in January’s announcement that we would be
certified in March, and we did it," Defelici said. "It helped that
we have such great support from CZAW, and that we’re learning
what it takes to certify. The FAA has been great in getting this
All three members of the Sport Aircraft Works family will be on
display at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland (FL), April
4-10, Booths 68&79.