Sportcruiser has Hard landing at Cameron Park Airport
At about 7:15 am on Tuesday morning a Sportcruiser light aircraft with a 100 hp Rotax four-cylinder engine made a hard landing at Cameron Park Airport. There was little visable damage but the aircraft had to be removed with a forklift.
Larry weitzman posited that, "It was unable to move whether a result of its fixed landing gear being damaged or whether there was a prop strike damaging the propeller."
There was no information about the pilot at this time. FAA records show that the registration for the aircraft is an address is listed in Shingle Springs. The Sportcruiser, built by Czech Sport Aircraft, was manufactured in 2011. With a cruise speed of about 133 mph.
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 named Czech Sport Aircraft. The aircraft is now often called the CSA SportCruiser. In January 2010, the SportCruiser was added to the Piper Aircraft line as the PiperSport under a licencing agreement with Czech Sport Aircraft. This arrangement was terminated one year later in January 2011. The aircraft is of all aluminum construction with a low wing configuration. 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).
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.
Number built 400+
Unit cost USD$119,000 - $139,000
Crew: one pilot
Capacity: one passenger
Length: 23.3 feet (7.17 metres)
Wingspan: 28.1 feet (8.65 metres)
Wing area: 131.3 sq ft (13.6 sq metres)
Empty weight: 740 lb (335 kg)
Loaded weight: 1320 lb (600 kg)
Useful load: 580 lb (263 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 1320 lb (600 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS fixed pitch, 100 hp (73 kW)
Cruise speed: 133 mph (214 km/h)
Stall speed: 34 mph (55 km/h)
Range: 630 sm (1020 km)
Rate of climb: 1200 ft/min (6.15 m/s)
Wing loading: 10.05 lb/sq ft (44.12 kg/sq m)
Power/mass: 13.2 lb/hp (120 W/kg)