Friday, March 13, 2009


STANDARD DATA: SPORTSMAN 2+2. Gross wt. 2,300. Empty wt. 1,300. Fuel capacity 50. Wingspan 35'. Length 23'. Baggage capacity 300 lbs. Engine 200-hp Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 161. Cruise mph 153. Stall mph 48. Climb rate 1,000-1,950 fpm. Ceiling 21,500'. Range 573 nm.

The GlaStar design combines aluminum sheetmetal, fiberglass composite and welded steel-tube structures into one integrated package. The two-seat design has become a hugely popular, easy to fly airplane, offering a variety of options and configurations. The most impressive of the GlaStar family may be the Sportsman 2+2, the only four-place general aviation aircraft on the market that is a tail-dragger, trike, float ready, wing folding, trailerable, high-utility aircraft, all rolled into a single airframe. The Sportsman 2+2 flies in both a 180 and 200-hp version and combines good performance with an impressive useful load. All GlaStar models are available in a “jump start” version that greatly reduces construction time. The factory also offers a widely acclaimed assisted owner building program.


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