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The CZAW SportCruiser is a two seat, single engine, tricycle undercarriage, fixed-wing aircraft that was introduced in 2006 by Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW) (now Czech Sport Aircraft).[3]

In January 2010, the SportCruiser was added to the Piper Aircraft line as the PiperSport under a licencing agreement with Czech Sport Aircraft

The aircraft is of all aluminum construction with a low wing configuration.[3] It can be fitted with either a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS[3] or a 120 hp (89 kW) Jabiru 3300 engine.[5][6] Approved propellers include: Woodcomp SR3000 2 and 3 blade, Woodcomp Classic 3 blade and Sensenich 2 blade with nickel leading edge.[6]

The SportCruiser is optionally available with a Ballistic Recovery Systems parachute, auto pilot and Dynon or TruTrak EFIS.[7][6]

The aircraft is capable of cruise at 133 mph (115 knots or 215 km/h) with a range of 630 statute miles (1020 km). No wind, standard day gross weight takeoff is achieved in 106 metres (350 ft) and landing in 123 metres (400 ft).[3]

The SportCruiser is designed to fit into the ultralight or microlight category in several countries as well as the USA's Light-sport Aircraft category. Between 2006 and 2010 it was available either as a kit, or as a fully built production model.[3] The SportCruiser is accepted as a US FAA LSA, FAA homebuilt kit[3] and accepted as home-built kit in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.K.[citation needed]

By September 2009 101 SportCruiser S-LSA had been completed and were flying in the United States alone.[1]

The aircraft is supported in the UK by an aircraft type club, The UK SportCruiser Owners Group

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On 21 January 2010 Piper Aircraft announced that they had licensed a derivative of the SportCruiser and will market it as the PiperSport. Piper CEO Kevin Gould said: "The PiperSport is an amazing entry-level aircraft that will bring new customers into Piper and lead the way for those customers to step up into more sophisticated and higher performance aircraft within our line over time."[4]

The PiperSport is a minimally modified version of the existing SportCruiser and will be continued to be manufactured by Czech Sport Aircraft, with Piper's manufacturing operation playing no part in the construction, although Piper will distribute parts. Previously the Sport Cruiser was available as a completed aircraft or a kit, but Piper will offer it only as a completed aircraft, sold as a Special Light-sport aircraft in the USA. It will be distributed by the Piper dealer network worldwide. Deliveries under the Piper name will commence in April 2010. The aircraft will be offered in three different trim and avionics configurations, with higher end models offering the Dynon D100 glass cockpit and autopilot. All models will be equipped with the Rotax 912S powerplant of 100 hp (75 kW).[9][10][11][12]

Piper indicated that they carried out extensively test flying on the SportCruiser before agreeing to add it to their line and that the aircraft's slow sales in the past were related to marketing issues and not any deficiencies with the aircraft design. Piper will market the aircraft to flight schools as well as private owners.[9][12]