Glasair Announces Two Weeks to Taxi Sportsman 2012 Price Increase of $9,000. Savings Offered.
Glasair has announced a price increase for the TWTT Sportsman, but is offering savings on orders placed by November 30.
Due to increasing parts and raw material costs, Glasair is increasing the Two Weeks to Taxi Sportsman base model prices by $9,000 for 2012. However, they still have a limited number of delivery slots available in the first quarter of 2012 and are offering well-equipped Sportsman (see details below) for $159,999. Standard 2012 pricing for a Sportsman with these features and equipment would total over $190,000.
Each Sportsman is specially equipped with: - Lycoming's High Performance 180 HP IO-360 Engine - Hartzell's Most Advanced 74" 2 Blade Blended Airfoil Constant Speed Propeller - State-of-the-Art VFR Glass Panel Cockpit - High Quality White Paint and Stripes - Deluxe Faux Leather Interior
Note: Orders must be placed by November 30th, 2011 and the aircraft completed in the Two Weeks to Taxi program before March 31st, 2012. Other restrictions apply.
You can also upgrade to a Carbon Fiber Sportsman for $9,999. This is an additional $5,000 discount off current pricing. The "Carbon" Sportsman offers an additional 150 lbs of useful load which increases typical useful load to an incredible 1,150 pounds. The Sportsman is convertible among tricycle, taildragger, float & ski configurations
Price of TWTT Sportsman to Increase After January 1, 2012
Lycoming has notified Glasair that the price for an IO-390 engine is increasing from $34,500 to $37,300. An increase of $2,800, or over 8% more than this year's price, and Lycoming's other engine prices are increasing by similar amounts.
Glasair cannot absorb this cost increase and will be increasing the prices of the Two Weeks to Taxi aircraft by an equivalent amount. The good news is that they have a limited number of IO-390 engines due to be delivered by the end of the year. By ordering now for a 1st quarter 2012 Two Weeks to Taxi slot and pre-paying for your engine you will save at least $2,800. Glasair expects similar increases from other suppliers including Hartzell and Garmin, and those will be passed on to our customers as well.
Excerpts from a short flight with John Lake in his GlaStar N484VM by Arlo Reeves
Video and editing: Arlo Reeves
Recorded on 10/1/2011 in Columbia, CA, at the 9th Annual Northern California GlaStar Fly-In.
Music: "Ricochet" by the David Grisman Quintet.
John Lake wanted to fly out and see a little of Melones reservoir on Saturday afternoon. It was getting time to be opening a beer, but if you're going to do any flying before the festivities, well, late afternoon is a fine time for it. Chris Wills went up around the same time in his bright red Sportsman with Mike Meier. I found out last year on a similar flight with Michael Moss that the light at this time of day is very good, too.
The Sierra foothills around Columbia can be very warm in the summer by October the temperatures are very nice and we had sunny, warm-but-not-too-hot weekend there this year. The campground area is behind the row of aircraft seen on depature. While most of them are GlaStars or Sportsmen, some campers were not there for the fly-in.
As we taxi out, you can see a gaggle of folks around Dave Ammenti's Sportsman. Dave has spent hours with admirers of his beautiful Sportsman, patiently answering every question. John gives the group a wave with his door as we pass, but I'm noticing how little forward visibility there is with his large 8.5 tires. The windscreen crossbars provide an excellent hand hold for lifting yourself up to improve over the glare shield visibility. John's GlaStar is a TD with an O-360, a Hartzell prop, and a P-mag. We were pretty light and it had plenty of giddy up as you can tell by our climbout off the grass runway that parallels the campground area. He has a VFR panel with a Dynon D-10A, a Garmin GPSMAP296, IC-A200 comm radio, and a GRT engine monitor. The Dynon has the AOA option and displays an AOA chevron that John relies on more than his ASI when slow. That's what he's describing to me on downwind. He's very comfortable in the plane and can put it where he wants.
John commented that the Clarity aloft headset was initially purchased for flying at work but he found it was very comfortable on long Glastar trips while wearing hat and glasses. It greatly improves the clarity of radio transmissions and provides excellent noise attenuation. Over the years he's spent 1000s of dollars in search of the perfect headset. So far Clarity Aloft is his favorite.
The video was shot with a Canon T2i (550D) using a 15-85mm lens at 15mm in 1080 30p mode using auto exposure. It was brought into Final Cut Pro 7 on my Mac and stabilized with the SmoothCam filter. I backed off on the magnification so you can see the black edges of the frame wobble around a bit. Also, since the exposure mode was auto, the shutter speed was slow and you can see some blurring when it gets bumpy. It could use a little editing, but I actually found I liked the uninterrupted cut from downwind to shutdown better and just left it.
Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In
Thanks to all who flew to Columbia this year to for our Fly-In and Hillbilly Hoe-Down. It was great fun being there with you!
Eleven aircraft including 7 GlaStars & 4 Sportsmans flew in from as far as Park City UT to enjoy a weekend of perfect weather, good eats and great company. This was our first potluck in Columbia and we enjoyed a great feast that was flown in from all over: ribs, cheese grits, chicken wings, meatballs, baked beans, corn bread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, watermelon, salad, fresh home made bread, guacamole & chips, carrot cake, bread pudding & brownies. We really needed more time to eat it all!
Thanks to Bruce Heid of Prographics for his generous donation of custom GlaStar/Sportsman T-Shirts to our silent auction and raffle. Thanks also to Teri Ray for making custom embroidered T-Shirts and clubhouse decorations.
We get to know one another a little better as the years pass - and we still like each other. We were lucky to have Marc Cook weave a visit into his busy schedule between Green Challenge coverage and CHP motorcycle transition training events, and Chris Wills was joined by Mike Meier who now heads up hang glider maker Wills Wing. We're also lucky to have many talented builders including Dave Ammenti who we cajoled into bringing his Oshkosh Lindy Trophy in addition to the beautiful Sportsman he finished earlier this year. We're lucky to have such a good group.
See you next year for our California Dreamin' Fly-In at Columbia (think tie dye, surf duds & granola).
Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In
Join us at the Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In on October 1-2 in the Gold Country town of Columbia, California, for an old-fashioned hillbilly hoe-down!
Meet the people that you have talked to on the GlaStarNet and check out some beautiful flying examples of our favorite aircraft. If you need an inspiration ride to get going on your project, we can make that happen too.
Charlie and Margaret Burton, who have organized and cooked the fabulous meals in the past, will not be cooking this year. To keep things simple, we'll have a group potluck dinner on Saturday night. If you know in advance what you're bringing to the potluck, let us know. Simple contributions like paper plates and bags of chips are always needed. Lunch and breakfast will be DIY, either in the fully-equipped clubhouse kitchen or in town.
Please RSVP with Arlo Reeves if you plan to attend so that we update the potluck list and have your name tags ready. Include the name of each person attending and your aircraft type (GlaStar or Sportsman) and N-number.
We are also accepting donations to our raffle prizes & silent auction. You probably have some spare parts or other potential gifts cluttering up your hangar that are just what your fellow pilot/builder is looking for. Your contribution will help make this ever-popular event even better this year.
Through the efforts of GSAI member Chris Bowles, an engineered package system using off the shelf BRS components in a soft pack is available for Glastar and Sportsman aircraft.
The pack mounts behind the co-pilot seat underneath the wing fold hatch with the rocket pointing straight up through a client-installed acrylic window or aircraft fabric section in the hatch. The kevlar bridle harness attaches to the cabin frame at the two forward outboard weldment clusters and to the rear center cluster. The harness runs on the outside of the top deck and requires a slit in the top deck to enter the inside of the cabin.
The cost of the system is just under $ 10,000 for an individual order and much less if a minimum of 5 orders are placed together, in the neighborhood of $8300.
The system is available for order now and Chris is collecting orders. See this thread in the GNet Forum.
Order by December 23rd and save up to 20%. Order three or more options and save an additional 10%. Call 360-435-8533 x1 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Year End Option Discounts
HID Wingtip Lights
Our HID lights have proved to be very popular. Order your set now and save. HID lighting produces a far superior beam of light on a fraction of the power required for standard filament or halogen bulbs.
Year End Price: $1,099Regular Price: $1,295Part No: 930-07600-101
The seat slider assemblies on 2010 Sportsman models have been improved with a single adjustment handle eliminating the two-handed knuckle-busting effort to adjust existing seat backs. The good news for all prior owners is that they can be retrofitted to all GlaStar and Sportsman seat rails.
Year End Price: $399 Regular Price: $455 Part No: 802-01000-101
Give your eyes a break! Glasair now has fully adjustable sun visors available. The tinted lenses filter out over 99% of ultraviolet rays, and reduce glare and heat. The kit includes pilot and co-pilot visors and installs in seconds.
Year End Price: $249Regular Price: $299 Part No: 930-03200-01
Speed Fairing Kit
Install sleek, aerodynamic fairings at both ends of the wing lift struts to increase cruise efficiency and aesthetic appeal. The back half of the strut-to-fuselage fairing is easily removable to allow for wing-fold. The kit also includes four flap track fairings- a snap to install.
Year End Price: $475Regular Price: $550Part No: 201-20004-101
Trike Step Kit
These aerodynamically streamlined steps greatly improve entry and exit of the aircraft and cleaning the windshield! A quick step up and you are ready to go. Simple to install and remove in existing forward gear sockets.
Year End Price: $279 Regular Price: $330 Part No: 201-20005-301
Parking Brake Kit
Parking Brake Kit with Nylon Lines. Quickly and easily secure the plane after you land, eliminating Runaway Plane Syndrome (RPS) on non-level surfaces or high wind conditions. Kit Includes: Parking brake valve, cable assembly, hydraulic lines, fittings, installation hardware plus detailed installation instructions.
Year End Price: $189Regular Price: $229 Part No: 991-03000-601 ( Stainless Steel Linesadd $70 (p/n -602))
LED Nav/Strobe Lights
Lighter, brighter, and quieter. Reduce weight of 2-3lbs. with the elimination of traditional power supplies. Reduces strobe noise in headsets. LED lights have 1/5 the amp draw and a 50,000 hour life expectancy.
Year End Price: $795Regular Price: $895Part No: 210-0600-243
Seat Pan Inspection Covers
Provides easy access for inspection and maintenance to control systems below the seat panels. Install these clear access panels in the seat pans and easily retrieve hardware or tools dropped below the seat pans. Installation time less than one hour.
Glasair is offering 10% off all standard kits and 25% off all Quick Build options. That's over $10,000 in savings on a complete Sportsman or Glasair Quick Build kit. Simply order before December 17th, 2010 and take delivery by March 31st, 2011 to take advantage of this offer.
Glasair is offering the following discounts on services performed at the Customer Assembly Center prior to March 31st, 2011. If you schedule your service by December 17th you can save up to 20%.
3-Day Firewall Forward Installation starting at $9,999 (Reg. Price $14,999).
Glasair Aviation will supply all firewall forward accessories. Customer supplies engine and mount, cowling and spinner, and propeller. (Price depends on engine and propeller configuration.)
3-Day Wing Closure $3,999. (Reg. Price $5,999).
Bring your jump-start wing kit back to Glasair and we'll help you install all components and close your wings in just 3 days.
2-Day Avionics Installation starting at $19,999. (Reg. Price$24,999).
Take advantage of our proprietary wire harnesses and exceptional pre-configured avionics options to save hundreds of hours of wiring, electrical and avionics build time and troubleshooting. (Already flying but want to upgrade your panel? Give us a call!)
3-Day Interior Installation and Upgrade $2,499. (Reg. Price $2,999).
Your Glastar / Sportsman will have the complete, finished look and feel that you've seen in our Two Weeks To Taxi aircraft. New seats, cable covers, closeouts and wing-root seals installed, fuselage interior painted with grey zolatone, etc.
Paint Jobs starting at $8,999. (Reg. Price $10,999).
$8,999 includes, disassembly and re-assembly as needed and a clean white paint finish with a stripe color of your choice. (Custom paint schemes also available.)
Annual or Pre-purchase Inspection starting at $999. (Reg. Price $1,399).
Our knowledgeable and experienced mechanics will conduct an annual condition inspection and/or pre-purchase inspection on your Sportsman, Glastar or Glasair aircraft.
Call for further details and to schedule a time (360)435-8533 x 232.