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 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.
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.
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Vortex Generators - Overview (1999)
Overview of the technology and benefits of Vortex Generators on Piper Super
Cubs and Single Engine Cessnas. The featured VGs were developed by
Boundary Layer Research (BLR) and are sold by CubCrafters.
Aero-TV: Doing It Diesel Style - Glasair's New Diesel Offering
Glasair Makes A Commitment To Alternative Powerplants
ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell saw and reported on a lot of
interesting things at Sun ‘n Fun 2014, and one of these was a Glasair
with a diesel engine in front of the firewall.
Glasair Aircraft Production Manager, Benjamin Rauk, explained that Glasair
is well aware of the challenges being imposed by the need to find
alternative fuels. To face this challenge, they have chosen the Continental
Centurion 2.0s diesel engine.
Rauk said they are expecting performance numbers to be similar to the 180
H.P. Lycoming powered versions of the airplane with the big difference
being in lower fuel consumption. They are expecting the fuel burn to
decrease by 3 to 4 gallons per hour.
Rauk goes on to explain some of the difference in the installation and
operation of the diesel engine. He understands that these differences will
be new to homebuilders and Glasair will be providing complete customer
support. This video offers the chance to take a look at technology that is
moving into both factory-built and amateur-built aircraft. Industry leaders
say that diesel will be the technology of the future.
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Flight in a Falco homebuilt airplane
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Aero-TV: Sonex Aircraft - Inside The Hornet's Nest (Part 2)
After Years of Feast and Famine, John Monnett's Family Operation Hits Its
While this two-parter is about taking a tour of the facilities that houses
Sonex Aircraft's infamous "Hornet's Nest," we can't help but prefacing this
series with the fact that Monnett's operation is not what you call an
overnight success. John has worked in and out of the sport aviation
business with a fair amount of success... and some times that were not so
successful, but through it all, he's taken notes, persevered, and
ultimately put together one of the most intriguing and talented sport
aviation manufacturing operations in North America.
John Monnett is a 'multi-thousand hour private pilot with both glider and
float plane ratings and an A&P Mechanic, has many designs to his credit
including the Sonerai sport aircraft series, Monerai sailplane, Moni
motorglider, Monex racer, along with numerous other homebuilt aircraft. He
combines thirty-five years of homebuilt aircraft and restoration experience
with his twenty-five years of kit aircraft sales and support in his latest
business venture. John was inducted into the EAA Homebuilder's Hall of Fame
in 2001 and his designs are on display in the Udvar-Hazy National Air &
Space Museum and the EAA AirVenture Museum.' He's also a guy that has
proven to be good to his word and seems to exact every bit of education out
of his experiences as he can... and that's probably why Sonex has weathered
the recent economic storms to not just survive, but flourish.
Sonex Aircraft states their mission 'is committed to providing the
recreational aviation community innovative, cost-effective and efficient
aircraft kits, powerplants, and accessories and supporting them with
industry-leading customer service.'
Join Aero-TV as we spend time with the staff of Sonex Aircraft and take a
look around the 'Hornet's Nest.'
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Aero-TV: MGL’s Mighty Mite - The Tremendously Versatile Discovery Lite
Small But Feature-Packed, The Discovery Lite Impresses
While at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton,
checks in at the MGL exhibition to see how glass panel displays can fit
into the sport plane and experimental airplane market.
Matt Liknaitzky, President of MGL Avionics USA, said their new and
long-awaited product is called the “Discovery Lite.”
The Discovery Lite is a cool, pint-sized EFIS that has all the features
anyone could want in a light sport or experimental airplane, and it’s all
built right into one package. This little beauty requires only a GPS
antenna and electrical power to be ready to go for basic EFIS operation.
Separate units for engine monitoring and such things as ADS-B are also
designed especially for this system. It looks like the whole unit was
planned to provide choices and easy installation which means a homebuilder
might not need any pro help to install it.
Rather than read about it, watch the video. It could be the answer for
upgrading or for initial installation in a new homebuilt airplane. During
the video you’ll see a good demonstration of the features of this “big
performer in a small package.”
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