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Hi, All.


Just found this site -- almost by accident -- and it looks like a great collection of knowledgeable folks and good info.


I'm a Sport Pilot student -- about 15 hours in so far. Mostly flying a Cessna 172 in dual-instruction, since there are NO light sport aircraft in this area for rent. Dang! Guess I'll have to buy one... but are they ever expensive!!!





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Hi Randy. Welcome to our forums.


Good to see you looking beyond your flight training, but make sure you have that under your belt first.


Which makes/models/prices of Light Sport Aircraft have you seen so far?


Regards, Decca.098_welcome.gif.81ff07d492568199326e4f64f78d7bc6.gif



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Thank you for the Welcome note. Very nice.


As for looking beyond my training... I really don't have much choice if I'm ever going to get my license. I cannot solo or do my checkride in the Cessna, since I'm going for Sport Pilot (limit of 1320 lbs / 600Kg). I can only do those in a light sport aircraft, which I cannot find near me. So unless I'm content to do dual-instruction forever, I need to do something.


So far I've flown Cessna 172's (too heavy for Sport Pilots), a J-3 Cub (which I could legally fly, but it's several hours drive from my home), a Remos G3 (which I could also solo in legally, except someone ran that one out of fuel and crashed it), and an Ercoupe 415-C (legal for me, but with no rudder control that would be all if could legally fly if I do my checkride in that). So it's a challenge, to be sure.


Next week I will be looking at an Avid Mk-IV with a Rotax 582 motor. Nice airplane, and nearly within my budget. But it's been in storage for 3 years, so I'm a little apprehensive about the condition of the motor. Plus, it's a "silver head" 582, which has a reputation of not being a long-lived or reliable as the "blue head" versions. But if I can get a good deal...


Anyway, that's where I'm at. I'm happy to be here on this site -- it seems like a great plan to find knowledgeable folks. Very nice.





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