Spring Fly-ins kick off the “spring season” for many
in the general aviation community, and Piper paved the way for the
new season with the first delivery of the PiperSport; three
co-owners took the keys for Piper’s new entry into the light
sport aircraft market.
The three co-owners, hailing from Miami, Florida, share more
than their enthusiasm for the PiperSport in common: all three are
extremely experienced pilots. Two of the owners, Charlie Carlon, a
20,000+ hour retired Delta Airlines Airbus Pilot, and Brian
Garhammar, a 16,000+ hour retired ATA pilot, are currently Airbus
Flight simulator teachers. The third co-owner, Dr. Mike Morduant,
is a veterinarian who has 42 years behind the cockpit.
The PiperSport was publicly unveiled at the 2010 Sport
Aviation Expo; built by Czech Sport Aircraft, located in the Czech
Republic, Piper expects to deliver 75 PiperSports this year alone.
The LSA features a rate of climb of 1,200 feet per minute
with a maximum cruise speed of 138 miles per hour and an altitude
of 10,000 feet.
With a gross weight of 1,320 pounds, and a range of 600 nautical
miles, the PiperSport offers astounding flexibility. In
addition, PiperSport’s automotive fuel compatibility offers
customers the advantage of refueling anywhere in the world that
offers either 100LL or premium, unleaded automotive fuel.
Piper Aircraft offers the new LSA in three design variants:
The PiperSport, the PiperSport LT, and the PiperSport LTD.
Both the PiperSport and the PiperSport LT function primarily
as training models selling for $119,00 and $129,000 respectively.
The professional model, the PiperSport LTD, sells for
$139,000. All three models feature the 100-hp Rotax 912
engine, complete with the BRS aircraft parachute recovery