Sad news for fans of the PiperSport light sport aircraft. Piper announced today that they were cancelling their distribution partnership with Czech Sport Aircraft to distribute their LSA as the PiperSport. My full article on the press release can be found at my General Aviation Examiner site here.
I did email Piper for additional details on the reasons behind the cancellation, particularly what the actual differences cited; however, they have not responded as of yet. I am curious on if Piper may be considering designing and manufacturing their own LSA in the future, once the LSA market stabilizes and matures; however, that's purely speculation. The PiperSport did seem to have a decent social media following as mentioned in my article.
The PiperSport was one of the nicer LSA aircraft and seemed to fit the Piper family well. It's possible the redesign of the PiperJet to the Altaire may have played a roll as well, especially in this tight economy. If Piper answers any of my questions, I'll be sure to update the Examiner.com article and let you all know. As for now, there are still other LSA's on the market and in design, so the LSA segment should not suffer too large of a setback, especially since Czech Sport Aircraft can still manufacture and distribute the airplane, albeit without the PiperSport moniker.