Glasair Sportsman: 360 vs. 390
If you're building a Glasair Sportsman, you have the choice of a 180-HP
IO-360 or the beefier IO-390. Which engine is best? It depends? In this
video, Kitplanes Magazine editor Marc Cook analyzes the pros and cons.
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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Aero-TV: Introducing The RV-14 - Maturing The 'RV' Equation
Surprise Hit of Oshkosh Represents Van's Continuing Design Evolution
The newest airplane from Van's Aircraft continues and improves on the
legacy of the most successful side-by-side two-seat kit aircraft in
history: Van's RV-6, RV-7, RV-9 and RV-12. But Vans says the RV-14 is
The RV-14 sits tall. The upright seating position and large bubble canopy
provide superb visibility in all directions. The large cabin (as wide as
many four-seat airplanes) is truly roomy. Lots of headroom, lots of
legroom, lots of room between the seats. Big people will like this
The relatively long wing uses the proprietary airfoil that's proved so
successful on the RV-10. The wing is constant-chord and constant thickness,
so it's easy to build and completely predictable in flight. Big slotted
flaps keep landing speeds low.
RV-14 structure is typical of all RVs — and most production aircraft, for
that matter. It is a monocoque aluminum airframe held together with rivets.
This method has been the standard in aircraft construction for almost
seventy years. It is very difficult to beat the combination of light
weight, structural integrity, simplicity and affordability that aluminum
The RV-14 cabin accommodates full-sized adults — in fact, the basic idea
was to provide RV-10 room and comfort in a two-seat airplane. The results
are impressive. Both seats will hold people at least 6'4" tall and provide
them with truly comfortable leg and headroom.
Vans says they expect RV-14 wing kits (which will work for either tailwheel
or nosewheel versions) to become available in the autumn of 2012. These
will include everything necessary for a complete set of wings: fuel tanks,
control surfaces, completely assembled spars, molded wingtips, etc. The
price is yet to be determined, but a preliminary estimate is around
$9000.00. After that, empennage, fuselage, and finishing kits will be
released in due course.
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First Flight of Millin Velocity N114MV
Inaugural flight of our Velocity XL/FG. The aircraft took 12 years to
complete. I am a slow builder.
Many, many thanks to my good friends that helped me along the way. It has
been an incredible journey.
Glasair: Build an airplane in two weeks
Glasair's "Two Weeks To Taxi" program has been approved by the FAA. Pilots
can now build their own experimental category "homebuilt" aircraft with the
help of Glasair technicians inside of two weeks vacation time.