Glasair Owners Joining GlaStar and Sportsman Owners
The GlaStar & Sportsman Association and Glasair.org are merging into one organization with a single website!
To reflect the aircraft our members are building and flying the GlaStar & Sportsman Association name is changing to Glasair Aircraft Owners Association and we have a new logo.
Our new members will enjoy the camaraderie as well as everything else that helpful builders can offer each other. All of our members use their real names and we are a gregarious bunch - humor is never in short supply.
Joining is easy. Click on the red button on the left to get started.
Zach Chase of Fibertech Composites has been the go-to man when it comes to assembling the Glastar and Sportsman airplanes. His one day of "Zach Attack" work can easily save the builder a month of labor and head-scratching. In addition to being the master of all things composite, he is also a movie star.
Zach's latest contribution is a series of new videos about window installation in the Glastar and Sportsman - an improved set of how-to instructions that replaces the old VHS-grade recording from many years ago. Dj Merrill edited the videos - thanks Dj.
12th Annual Northern California Glasair Aircraft Owners Association Fly-in October 3-5
Join us for the 12th Annual Northern California GlaStar/Sportsman Fly-in on Oct. 3-5 in Columbia, California! This fine fall fly-in takes place at one of California’s nicest public fly-in facilities. Beautiful examples of our favorite aircraft will gather on the flight line, we’ll talk shop, walk to the old gold mining town, and potluck together.
On Saturday, some may fly to nearby Pine Mountain Lake for airport day while others may visit the Giant Sequoias. Wear your favorite flying t-shirt to our Saturday evening potluck! There will be prizes for funniest, oldest, and best homebuilt t-shirt.
Glasair Aviation's Customer Appreciation BBQ at the Arlington Fly-In
Glasair Aviation will be hosting a Customer Appreciation BBQ at the Arlington Fly-In. The party starts at 4 p.m. on July 11th. Spend the day at the airshow and spend the evening with Glasair! It will be a great chance to catch up with old friends, swap war stories and see all the new projects Glasair has in the works. Please RSVP on the Facebook event page or by emailing email@example.com. Glasair Aviation 18530 59th Drive NE Arlington, WA 98223
Kitplanes Contributor David Prizio, and Editor in Chief Paul Dye, were the first journalists to fly the new Diesel Sportsman from Glasair. The aircraft, a carbon version constructed specifically to test the new engine from Continental Motors - was flown at the Glasair factory in Arlington, Washington, and exhibited performance, fit, and finish far superior to what was expected from a prototype machine. The airframe and engine had about 42 hours on it when the Kitplanes pilots got their hands on it, and several more when they were finished - it was hard not to keep flying it. While absolute speed and climb performance is lower than with the IO-390, that is to be expected with an engine rated for considerably less power. There are advantages however - with the standard turbocharger, the climb power remained constant to approximately 8,000′. Cruise fuel consumption is on the order of 7 gallons per hour at economy, and less if the aircraft is slowed down. The test team at Glasair is expecting that they might be able to see ten hours of endurance with the power pulled back, and full tanks - and those tanks would be full of cheaper Jet A.
Read Dave Prizio's article in the June issue of EAA Experimenter
If the proof of any airplane is in how it flies, the GlaStar does pretty well. Using the Cessna 172 as a benchmark, the GlaStar lands more slowly, cruises much faster, and is much more roomy and comfortable for two passengers than any 172. It does, however, lack rear seats. It is a lot less expensive, too, although admittedly some assembly is required.