Russel and Rhea Sherwood and their dog Kelli stand in front of Rhea's newly assembled Sportsman soon after successful completion of its airworthiness inspection.

Russell and Rhea Sherwood stand with their dog Kelli in front of Rhea’s newly assembled Sportsman soon after successful completion of its airworthiness inspection.

You might say the Sherwoods are an equal opportunity family. Husband Russell built himself a Glasair I, which he has enjoyed for many years. His wife Rhea, with 800-plus hours flying, was feeling a little jealous.

So she built her own airplane, and, yes, it’s another Glasair Aviation product. a tricycle Sportsman, making the Sherwoods a two-Glasair family.

Rhea feels the four-seat Sportsman is the right complement to the two-seat Glasair I speedster. The roomy cockpit and spacious rear seating is perfect for bringing along friends or ample travel gear as they travel the Southwest and points beyond from their home in Texas.

The build was a family affair with Russell serving as backup assembler and dog Kelli keeping a careful eye on progress day by day.

In the coming weeks N429RS will receive its 40-hour fly-off, during which time its performance and assembly will be fine tuned. After that comes the painting, and finally a flight to its new digs alongside the Russell’s Glasair I in the airpark where the Sherwoods live.

Rhea Sherwood signs paperwork following her Sportsman successful FAA inspection.

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Canine Kelli never let her attention stray far from her people.