Glasair GlaStar

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Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft
Glasair Aviation
Designer Tom Hamilton
First flight 1994
Status Production completed circa 2005
Number built 300 (2004)[1]
Unit cost
US$27,750 (2004 kit, less engine, paint, avionics, instruments, upholstery and propeller)
Variants Symphony SA-160
Glasair Sportsman 2+2
Plane Driven PD-1

The Glasair GlaStar (sometimes Glastar) is an American amateur-built aircraft that was designed by Tom Hamilton and produced by Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft and later Glasair Aviation. It was first flown in 1994 and was superseded in production by the Glasair Sportsman 2+2 c. 2005. When it was available the aircraft was supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[2][3][4]

Design and development[edit]


The GlaStar features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit accessed via doors, fixed tricycle landing gear or conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[2][4]

The aircraft is made with a welded steel fuselage, with a fiberglass covering and aluminum wings. Its 35 ft (10.7 m) span wing employs a NASA GA(W)-2 airfoil at the wing root, with a NASA GA(W)-2 mod at the wing tip. The wings have an area of 128 sq ft (11.9 m2), mount flaps and can be folded for ground transportation or storage. The acceptable power range is 100 to 180 hp (75 to 134 kW) and early engines used included the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS. The aircraft proved underpowered with the Rotax, and later the 150 to 160 hp (112 to 119 kW) Lycoming O-320 and the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 four-stroke powerplants were used. The landing gear can be rapidly converted between tricycle and taildragger configurations. The cockpit is 44 in (110 cm) wide and includes a large baggage area that will accommodate 200 lb (91 kg) of cargo.[2][4][5]

Initial factory estimated construction time was 1200 hours.[3]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

In 1996, a service recall was issued for the control yoke assembly of select GlaStar kits.[citation needed] In 1999, one of the GlaStar kits not included in the recall crashed, killing its two occupants.[citation needed]


Symphony SA-160
Type certified version, produced by Ostmecklenburgische Flugzeugbau (OMF) and later Symphony Aircraft.[2]
Glasair Sportsman 2+2
Four seat development with a gross weight of 2,350 lb (1,066 kg) that replaced the original GlaStar in production.[6]
Plane Driven PD-1
Roadable version produced by Plane Driven.[7]

Specifications (GlaStar)[edit]

Data from Bertrand and Kitplanes[2][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 22 ft 0 in (6.71 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Wing area: 128 sq ft (11.9 m2)
  • Airfoil: Root: NASA GA(W)-2 airfoil, tip: NASA GA(W)-2 mod
  • Empty weight: 1,200 lb (544 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,960 lb (889 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 50 U.S. gallons (190 L; 42 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 160 hp (120 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 170 mph (274 km/h; 148 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 167 mph (269 km/h; 145 kn)
  • Stall speed: 45 mph (72 km/h; 39 kn)
  • Range: 1,438 mi; 2,315 km (1,250 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,075 ft/min (10.54 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 15.3 lb/sq ft (75 kg/m2)


  1. ^ Downey, Julia: 2005 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 21, Number 12, December 2004, page 60. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d e Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 183. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster UK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ a b c Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 68. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ a b c Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 262. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  5. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 103. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  7. ^ "Plane Driven's "Roadable" Glasair". 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Glasair GlaStar at Wikimedia Commons