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Alan Smoak
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Hello, from a new member

Postby Alan Smoak » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:59 pm

Hello,
My name is Alan, private, multi,instrument and now Sport Pilot owner too. I have a 2007 American Champion Champ LSA. I also have a Penn Yann convedrted 1977 Cessna 172. I have a little over 7,000 hrs, have rebuildt several and completly built one so I may be able to help some of you guys some what and visversa

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Re: Hello, from a new member

Postby drseti » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:46 pm

Welcome aboard, Alan. I started out in a 1946 7AC Champ, back when they weren't even old yet. :wink: That one was C65 under-powered. I imagine the new one uses a 100 HP Rotax?
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Re: Hello, from a new member

Postby FastEddieB » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:01 pm

Welcome.

Where do you live?

Professor, the new Champ uses a Coninental O-200.

Makes for a very cool plane, but pretty heavy for a Light Sport.
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Re: Hello, from a new member

Postby drseti » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:11 pm

Well, Eddie, my old Champ was 800# empty, 1220 max gross, for 420 useful load. Given the weight of the O200, and assuming 1320 max gross, the new one will still have a better useful load than the classic Champ.
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Re: Hello, from a new member

Postby FastEddieB » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:19 pm

http://www.amerchampionaircraft.com/NewAircraft/Champ/NewChamp.html

Shows 925 lbs EW.

And that's probably without much in the way of extras.

Like I said, VERY cool plane, but either for one normal occupant or two very light ones.
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Re: Hello, from a new member

Postby drseti » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:26 pm

FastEddieB wrote:Shows 925 lbs EW.


You're right, that's pretty heavy.
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Re: Hello, from a new member

Postby Alan Smoak » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:32 pm

Thanks for the welcome. the new Champ is heavier than the originals, but much nicer! It is really a Citrabria 7ECA but with one tank, an 0-200, wood prop, aluminium cowling, lighter gear. They lowered the gross number to fit the FAA's idea of a Light Sport catergory of 1320lbs but it is a certified airplane, stressed for 5 and 2 so it just suits me fine, i don't worry a bit about rough air! Climbs 6-700 fpm and is a bit faster then they claim, I generaly get right at 100 mph and if by myself I see 103 -104 at 2500. I'm hoping a new metal prop will help. There is a lot of positive words out there about going metal. We will see and let you guys know. Very roomy, comfortable , forgiving and just a sweet airplane to fly. I've had it for a little over a year and still very happy. The used prices are coming down to reasonable area's now too.


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