Thanks for this article. I will happily jump into one of these aircraft in the future but my comment is that I am sad that neither Cessna nor Piper reckon they can make a light sport aircraft in the US. As an Australian I worry about this phenomenon here. Rather than merely "nice to have" I think it critical that both our countries take whatever steps necessary to ensure that complicated manufactured products can profitably be made in our countries for prices that people can afford. If Czech Pipers and Chinese Cessnas are the result of market forces then those forces or the underlying trends are wrong.
I thought, from reading reports on the Rotax 912s that Auto fuel was the recomended fuel and using
100LL would result in more frequent oil changes and spark plug changes. The article didn't mention this, so what is true ? I think this is why Cessna went with the Continental ? From what I have read,
100LL has a lot more lead content than premium auto fuel and the Rotax doesn't like high lead content fuel ? The reason for this comment is that I found it to be very hard to carry fuel from a gas station to the airport. Also, when flying to other airports, impossible to get auto fuel ! So just what does Rotax and Piper RECOMEND for the Piper Sport ??