Glasair Sportsman 2+2

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Glasair Sportsman 2+2
Red&Black Sportsman.jpg
Role Civil kit aircraft
Manufacturer Glasair
Status In production
Produced 2003 to date
Unit cost
$50,502 (kit, 2015)
Developed from Glasair GlaStar

The Glasair Sportsman 2+2 is a single-engine, high wing, strut-braced, four seat kit aircraft, developed by the Glasair Aviation company.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The Sportsman 2+2 was developed from the company's Glastar aircraft, a smaller version. The company's 'Two weeks to taxi' program provides factory-assisted assembly, while providing the owner with training in using tools and jigs. This complies with the Federal Aviation Administration's 51% construction rule, allowing issuance of a Special Certificate of Airworthiness as an amateur-built aircraft.[3][4]

The aircraft can fitted with tricycle landing gear or conventional landing gear and can also be equipped with floats and amphibious floats or tundra tires.[2]

The aircraft is constructed with a fiberglass fuselage,or optionally from carbon fiber, with all metal wings and horizontal stabilizer and elevator. This model has since been completed by over 400 customers. The airplane is available with a 180 hp (134 kW)Lycoming IO-360 engine or a 210 hp (157 kW) Lycoming IO-390 engine with an optional constant speed propeller.[5]}

The Glasair Sportsman TC (Turbo Carbon), showing its predominately carbon-fiber fuselage
A fiberglass Sportsman
The cockpit of a Glasair Sportsman
A Glasair Sportsman 2+2 on floats
Sportsman with Tundra tires

Variants[edit]

Glasair Sportsman 2+2 Diesel
A Thielert Centurion 2.0s powered variant.

Specifications (Sportsman 2+2)[edit]

Data from Glasair website[5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 23 ft 0 in (7.01 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) on conventional landing gear
  • Wing area: 131 sq ft (12.2 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 9.1:1
  • Empty weight: 1,350 lb (612 kg) (typical)
  • Gross weight: 2,350 lb (1,066 kg) on wheels
  • Fuel capacity: 50 US gallons (189 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360 , 180 hp (130 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Hartzell constant-speed propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 167 mph (269 km/h; 145 kn) TAS at Sea Level
  • Cruise speed: 158 mph (254 km/h; 137 kn) at 75% power, TAS
  • Stall speed: 48 mph (77 km/h; 42 kn) flaps down
  • Range: 829 mi (720 nmi; 1,334 km) with VFR reserves, at 65% power
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m) estimated
  • g limits: +3.8/-1.5 g
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s) at maximum gross weight
  • Wing loading: 17.5 lb/sq ft (85 kg/m2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, pages 55-56. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 109. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ DIY Plane: From Toolbox to Takeoff in Two Weeks | Autopia | Wired.com
  4. ^ AirCrafters Builder Assistance for Experimental Aircraft - The 51% Rule and the FAA
  5. ^ a b Glasair (2014). "Glasair Sportsman specs". www.glasairaviation.com. Archived from the original on 4 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.

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