The really cool thing about the MGL Avionics in SunDancer is how the engine communicates with the iEFIS. Instead of a myriad of wires running from the engine to various engine instruments, the engine sensors are wired to a data block inside the engine compartment. The data from the data block (called the RDAC - Remote Data Acquisition Computer) is sent to the iEFIS over a single wire. Changing an engine sensor is as easy as unplugging one wire and plugging in another.
A standard feature with SunDancer (others charge extra for them) are three sets of interchangeable wing tips. The shortest wing tips can be used for cross-country motoring. The tips with winglets are for medium performance soaring. The longest tips extend the length of each wing an additional four feet resulting in a 15 meter (49 foot) span and a 30:1 glide ratio.
It is important to know where the center of gravity is on an aircraft. Loading an aircraft too far forward or aft of the CG may lead to difficulty in controlling it. In SunDancer, the CG is at the position of the pilot's shoulders (the black dot in the diagram). The weight of crew, baggage and fuel is clustered around the CG making it extremely difficult to accidentally get into an out-of-CG situation.
SunDancer has three baggage compartments. The shelf behind the pilot's shoulders holds up to 9 pounds of odds and ends, the baggage compartment behind the seats (shown here with the seats tilted forward) will hold up to 100 pounds of clothing and gear, and a tube that extends partway down the tailcone will hold an additional 20 pounds of skis, fishing rods, pool cues, or whatever. The ability to travel to a soaring site with all your stuff on board is why SunDancer is called a "Touring" Motor Glider.
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