PiperSport LSA Ready To Deliver

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Piper will be delivering the first copy of its own PiperSport light sport aircraft at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday afternoon. The airplane has been tweaked a bit from the SportCruiser model by Czech Sport Aircraft that the company adopted. Besides the fresh paint job, Piper's version of the LSA includes a beefed-up nosegear, a BRS chute as standard, a sunshade for those Florida summers, and adjustments to the pitch control, Jackie Carlon, Piper's marketing director, told AVweb on Monday. "We've also made the leather interior a standard feature, as well as the dual Dynon avionics," she said. Piper promises to have more news at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

The PiperSport was introduced at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring, Fla., in January. The airplanes will continue to be built in the Czech Republic under a licensing agreement with Piper. The airplane is being sold in three models: the basic PiperSport at $119,900, the training-oriented LT at $129,900, and the fully decked-out LTD at $139,900. All are powered by the Rotax 912, which will run on premium unleaded mogas as well as 100LL. AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli took a test flight in the airplane; click here for the video report.