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 (full kit)
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]

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.[2][3]

The aircraft can be converted from a tricycle configuration to a tailwheel configuration in less than an hour and can also be equipped with floats and amphibious floats or tundra tires. The aircraft's wings can be folded back for storage or transport.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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


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

Specifications (Sportsman 2+2)[edit]

Data from Glasair website[4]

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


  • Maximum speed: 167 mph (269 km/h; 145 kn) TAS at Sea Level
  • Cruise speed: 158 mph (137 kn; 254 km/h) at 75% power, TAS
  • Stall speed: 48 mph (42 kn; 77 km/h) flaps down
  • Range: 829 mi (720 nmi; 1,334 km) with VFR reserves, at 65% power
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,096 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)


  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. ^ DIY Plane: From Toolbox to Takeoff in Two Weeks | Autopia |
  3. ^ AirCrafters Builder Assistance for Experimental Aircraft - The 51% Rule and the FAA
  4. ^ Glasair Sportsman specs

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