After his bout with a severe stomach virus, Bob Zahradnik of Durango, Colo., is back in the Customer Assembly Center, nearing the end of his build. Numerous people recommended the Sportsman to Zahradnik, including TWTT builder, Doug Beery. He wanted something he could take hunting, fishing, and long range shooting, all of which require a […]
Friday, July 1, proved a full and exciting day for this year’s Build-A-Plane team and the Dennis Willows family as work on Sportsman N653LG came to fast-paced conclusion in time for its FAA airworthiness inspection. All hands were busy with final cable adjustments, wrench turning, and placard placements. The result of their two weeks of effort? Well, […]
We look forward to summer every year. Clear skies, long days, and, of course, the arrival of the year’s Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge winners. If you’re new to our blog, Build A Plane is sponsored by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and a slew of industry leaders with the aim of promoting […]
Yesterday or taxi aspirations were realized, but we still had two important events left on the agenda before we would be ready to call this build complete. The first of the two was the airworthiness inspection. We had a designee of the FAA come to the factory to determine that the aircraft is truly readly […]
The winning team, CHEF Homeschoolers from Cuba City, WI arrived at the Glasair Aviation factory this morning. The team includes students Abri Badger, Colton Koester, Nathan Koester, and Jonathan Smythe, teacher Tom Smythe, and chaperone Steve Badger. The students will be working closely with Glasair’s expert technicians, as well as employees from GAMA and Jeppesen. During […]
Two Weeks to Taxi builder Mike Dowler recently picked up his Sportsman and flew it home to California. Below he remarks on the build process and overall experience with the TWTT program. For me one of the more memorable things in the build process was to have Connie come up for a weekend and help out […]
Last week Martin Pedersen completed his TWTT Sportsman — the first Diesel Sportsman to be built in the two-week program. The build went smoothly and Martin was able to rev up his CD-155 diesel engine and taxi his Sportsman.
Sportsman owner Lou Nathanson recently moved to Alaska from Colorado. Read about his high altitude experiences in his Sportsman: Friday was the day that all the stars aligned for aircraft, pilot, and weather. My bird was still on small tires with wheel pants, had the new IO-390 with 10:1 pistons, cooling air intake ramps, and an […]
Recent Two Weeks To Taxi builder Tom Falls reports on his cross-country journey to bring his new Sportsman home from the Glasair factory: “The plane performed flawlessly for the most part. The only issue we had with the plane was our self-induced ground delay at Pendleton, OR Wednesday morning due to my inexperience starting an injected […]
Another incredible Sportsman paint job! This attention-getting paint scheme will turn heads everywhere this plane goes. Just another example of how the Sportsman can be uniquely customized to fit the needs and personality of every builder.