SportCruiser Fleet Continues To Rapidly Expand In The USA

Czech Sport Aircraft is pleased to confirm that two more aircraft are ready for shipment to the USA, which will further expand the fleet of SportCruiser operating on this important market. These two new units form part of the record order for 16 SportCruiser that was announced earlier in the year and sees Czech Sport Aircraft continue to successfully deliver on schedule.

Matthew Harvey, Managing Director of Aviation Trading, the official authorised trading partner of Czech Sport Aircraft said, “Czech Sport Aircraft is driven by on time delivery and shipment of new production aircraft and the factory has continued to perform on schedule throughout the year.  When we see this go hand-in-hand with the commitment and support of US Sport Aircraft to customers in the USA, it means that people can be confident they are investing in an outstanding aircraft backed up by first-class supply and aftersales service.  It is very satisfying to see the next batch of SportCruiser ready for shipment to the Flight & Distribution Centre in Texas and we look forward to a very strong end to the year as we build and set our stall out for 2016.”

This new batch includes two SportCruiser SVAP Light, both of which are installed with the new SkyView Touch™ and Ballistic Recovery System, as well as Stall Warning that comes as standard on production year 2015 model SportCruiser.  Additionally, both aircraft are configured with minor customisations to the 2015 Classic Design paint schemes, with one in striking Bohemia Red and the other in the popular Silesia Grey combined with Standard Leather Slate Grey upholstery.

Commenting from the SportCruiser Flight & Distribution Centre in Addison (TX), Patrick Arnzen, President of US Sport Aircraft, said, “When people think about purchasing a Light Sport here in the USA they still immediately think about the SportCruiser.  It is our job to make sure that never changes.  We are very much determined to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest level of local service and support to customers, which has been such a large contributing factor to the success we have achieved and will remain key in enabling us to reach our objectives for the future.  It’s great news to hear that the next batch of aircraft is ready for dispatch and we look forward to receiving them here in Texas.”

For production year 2015, the SportCruiser will continue to be supplied in both the ever-popular SVAP+ and SVAP Light configuration.  The SportCruiser SVAP+ offers dual-screen Dynon 10” SkyView Touch™ instrumentation together with additional enhanced features.  The SportCruiser SVAP Light is based on the increased demand from the U.S. market for an entry-level Light Sport Aircraft that combines affordability and advanced features with the flexibility to upgrade.

The SportCruiser now offers even more value for money in 2015 with the inclusion of additional equipment in the standard configuration aimed at further improving both the in-flight experience and general flight safety.  SkyView Touch™ now comes as standard on both SportCruiser models for 2015 and adds the convenience of touch when you want it but keeps a full set of buttons and joystick knobs for precise control in turbulence.  Capacitive multi-touch technology allows natural actions such as two finger pinch-to-zoom on the map.  Unlike most touch-based avionics and tablets, SkyView Touch™ preserves SkyView’s sunlight-readable and glare-rejecting screen.

Among other enhancements to the standard configuration, the production year 2015 SportCruiser also comes with a Stall Warning system as standard.  Czech Sport Aircraft developed a Stall Warning system that received EASA certification in Europe for the PS-28 Cruiser in 2013 and has already proved to be a great success.  The system provides both voice and light alert signals that warn the pilot in advance of reaching the stall speed.  In the specific field of flight training, this new system enables student pilots to familiarise themselves with a particular system that they will later use on other aircraft.  The Stall Warning system for the SportCruiser uses components produced by the American company Safe Flight Instrument Corporation that is a leader in aviation safety and flight performance systems. With components installed on over 60% of the world’s aircraft fleet, Safe Flight Instrument Corporation has the majority of the world’s aircraft manufacturers among its customers.

With the aim of ensuring quality, general safety and airworthiness of Light Sport Aircraft, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has introduced more frequent audits of Light Sport Aircraft manufacturers.  Having already conducted several audits of U.S. Light Sport Aircraft manufacturers, the FAA audit of Czech Sport Aircraft took place in 2013 and was the second such audit to take place outside the USA.  The audit focused on all aspects of compliance with FAA accepted Light Sport Aircraft ASTM consensus standards and no safety related issues were found by the FAA inspectors during the Czech Sport Aircraft audit.

Current statistics confirm that the SportCruiser remains one of the most renowned and best-selling Light Sport Aircraft on the US market today.  The SportCruiser is a double-seat aircrafts of full metal construction.  The aircraft is arranged as a low-wing mono-plane with cantilevered wings and conventional empennage.  The SportCruiser is certified according to USA ASTM regulations and can be operated in countries recognising LSA regulations such as the USA, South Africa, Australia and some South American countries.

Currently a total of over 500 PS-28 Cruiser and SportCruiser have been produced.  Over 200 aircraft are operating in the USA and almost 200 aircraft are operating in Europe where the company is enjoying significant sales success.  The excellent flight characteristics of the aircraft and robust construction of the airframe are perfectly suited to entry-level students and this makes the SportCruiser the ideal platform for training purposes.  The facts on the market today clearly confirm the leadership of the SportCruiser within this important segment of the Light Sport Aircraft market, with the aircraft being operated in over 20 flight schools in the USA alone.

Czech Sport Aircraft is located in the city of Kunovice in the heart of the Moravian aviation valley where, from 1954 up to the present day, several aircraft have been designed, developed and manufactured. The company was formed in 2009 adding to almost 80 years of aviation pedigree and history in the city of Kunovice. Czech Sport Aircraft is focused on the research, design, development and production of Light Sport Aircraft for basic and advanced flight training, basic military pilot training, general recreational use and air tourism.

September 30, 2015


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