Dual AFS 5600 Units Meet Sportsman

Just in are these eye-catching photos of two Advanced Flight System units in the panel of Michael Hasz’s Glasair Sportsman The left side comprises the primary flight display (PFD) providing a broad array of information a pilot likes in one place, including airspeeds (IAS, TAS, ground speed, vertical speed), altitude, heading, and fuel quantity. It also […]

Factory –Installed BRS System Now an Option for Sportsman Aircraft

Glasair Aviation, in conjunction with BRS Aerospace, is making available whole-aircraft parachute recovery systems for upgrades on all models of Sportsman airplanes. Parachute recovery systems are the best last option for pilots caught in unrecoverable spins or disoriented in nighttime or IMC conditions without a clear sense of the horizon or where or how to […]

And the Results Are In …

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, […]

Build-A-Plane Challenge Winners Near Their Goal

It has been an busy two weeks for this year’s winners of the national GAMA/Build-A-Plane Challenge here in Arlington, Wash., at Glasair Aviation facilities. They’ve worked nearly every day since going hands-on June 20, and now they are less than two hours from their effort’s FAA inspection. How will they do? (Hint: These young plane builders are […]

Thomas W. Wathen

We are saddened to learn of and report the death of Thomas Wathen, long a guiding figure and friend of Glasair Aviation. He died this past June 20 in Santa Barbara, California . He was 86. It was Mr. Wathen’s purchase of Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft in 2000 that preserved the highly regarded Glasair and GlaStar product […]

2016 Build-A-Plane Gets Underway

It’s Build-A-Plane time at Glasair Aviation’s Customer Assembly Center in Arlington, Washington, and we’re excited  to again host the winners of GAMA’s national aviation design/STEM studies challenge. For two weeks … June 20 through final FAA inspection July 1 … four students from Weyauga-Fremont High (Weyauwega, Wisconsin), their sponsoring teacher and a chaperon will assemble a […]

And the winners are …

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 […]

News from AERO Friedrichshafen 2016

It’s the first day of AERO 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and already interest is keen in Djimitrij Karpenko’s amphib Sportsman. An airplane this beautiful just can’t help but draw attention. We’re told by Glasair Av staff on hand that it’s the only float-equipped aircraft in the show. Pretty cool. We’ve received other great news today […]

Sportsman Diesel Flies Across Pages of Flight Training Magazine

We were pleasantly surprised to find our Sportsman Diesel flying across two pages of Flight Training magazine’s March 2016 issue. Flight Training is an AOPA publication, of course. The photograph is one of a collection shot by Mike Fizer for a feature on the airplane that ran in the December 2014 issue of AOPA PILOT. The […]