Aero-TV: Glasair Aviation -Thoughts On The Evolution Of Sport Aviation
A Look At The Changes Taking Place In The Sport Aviation Industry
The future of sport aviation is in flux... the old ways of sport flying are
rapidly disappearing and a new reality is coming about. With that in mind,
ANN's Tom Patton took a few moments to ask one of the veterans of the sport
aviation market, Glasair's Scott Taylor, about what he sees as he works in
this ever-evolving industry.
The generation that used to build every single piece of an aircraft, from
plans, rather than a kit has all but disappeared and today's SportPlane
builder/buyer is a far more discerning and picky individual. Take the
Glasair Sportsman 2 + 2 as a case in point... the machine is surviving
because of an aggressive marketing program by the manufacturer that not
only emphasizes the ability of the aircraft , but has packaged a fast-build
program (a legal one!) to offer the more immediate gratification that
today's customer's demand. And it is innovative thinking like the 'Two Week
To Taxi' program that has made the company successful while dozens of
others have all but disappeared.
The Sportsman 2+2 gives its pilots reason to brag about 155-161 mph cruise
speeds (180-200 hp), and a Vso of only 48 mph... making the S2+2 an easy
STOL performer needing as little as 375 feet for takeoff and 260 feet for
landing. Climb rates range from 1950 fpm (solo) to 1000 fpm (gross). At 65%
power and standard tanks, the S2+2 will get you 886 sm down the road. It
has 1000 pounds of useful load, and a small bench seat behind the two front
seats (good for an adult or two small kids... or an amazing load of crap,
uh, gear). Even if you fill both seats and gas it all the way up, there's
still 300 pounds of useful load left. And its THAT kind of capability that
is much in demand by today's SportPlane buyer...
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The Plane Driven PD-2 was once again displayed in the Glasair exhibit space
at the 2013 EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Glasair displayed 6
Sportsman aircraft, all with different wheel configurations, one of which
is the PlaneDriven PD-2, the roadable Sportsman. PD-2 enjoyed the freedom
of driving around Airventure and Oshkosh, transitioning back and forth from
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http://www.GlasairProject.com: I had been building my Glasair I for about 8
1/2 years. I designed this Subaru engine installation. This is the first
test start of the engine. Visit GlasairProject.com