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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Glasair Aviation's Mikael Via introduces the new turbocharged, carbon-fiber-bodied Sportsman TC at
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.
This airplane is so much fun! Fast, aerobatic, and econmic to fly. Here's a
little slice of the Glasair life.
Aero-TV: Cirrus Reinvents the Turbo - The SR22T All Continental Solution
Cirrus Renews The turbo... With An
All-Continental Power Package
ANN's Boss and Chief Test Pilot is always happy to get a call about flying
a new airplane... and when a most recent call informed him that a new
version of the SR22 turbo was on its way
to see him, he was VERY interested. Owning an SR22 turbo for a year and a half, such an announcement
was bound to cause curiosity as the experience we have had with his machine
has been truly exemplary... which begs one to questions -- if it wasn't
broke, why change it?
Cirrus has some interesting answers to that questions... namely their
belief that the airplane is quieter,smoother, more powerful and READY for a
number of fuel options that can only make a new owner feel somewhat better
with all the uncertainty about the future of 100LL fuel. Over an hour's
test flying and some tight air-to-air provided some interesting data...
though the real proof of the pudding will come as new owners take
possession and use and abuse them in the coming months.
Cirrus Aircraft is a member of the global portfolio of Arcapita companies.
Its SR20 and SR22 family of composite airplanes incorporate innovative and
advanced performance and safety technologies, including the unique Cirrus
Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). As of mid 2010, total time on the
worldwide Cirrus Aircraft SR-series fleet surpassed 3.5 million hours with
more than 40 lives saved to date as a direct result of CAPS being a
standard safety feature on all Cirrus aircraft. The Cirrus Aircraft Vision
Jet, with nearly 500 production positions reserved, will provide a new
personal and regional business transportation solution - the 'personal
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