It’s Week 2 in the latest Two Weeks to Taxi build in the Glasair Customer Assembly Center (CAC). They’re long days and there’s little time for anything but attending to the details, but builder Bob Seager reports that the project is on schedule and he’s having great fun. (And no, this Mr. Seager is not the singer of renown.)
Mr. Seager has been flying for “10 years or so” and considered a Glasair Sportsman for about a year before arriving to the point of building his own. He chose the Sportsman for its utility; it’s large useful load (950 lbs. outfitted with an IO-390) will work nicely for the hunting and fishing day trips he has in mind. Bob is starting out with tricycle gear and holding out conversion to taildragger landing gear as an option for the future.
When he’s not assembling airplanes, Mr. Seager is an executive vice president overseeing environmental services for Stantec, an engineering/environmental architecture consulting firm with 22,000 employees worldwide, 4,000 of whom fall under his leadership.
“Flying,” he notes, “is a great stress release.”
Mr. Seager will base his Sportsman in High River, south of Calgary, Canada. He is assisted in the second week by Shannon Parsons, friend and work associate.
It’s Week Two and Jeff Brown’s Two Weeks to Taxi project is well on its way. With the wings attached and the 210 hp IO-390 engine mounted, the structure is beginning to resemble the Sportsman aircraft it will be. Airworthy certification is just days away.
Jeff has a little flight time under his belt. Colonel Brown retired from the Air Force last December having flown C-130s through much of his career. He has enjoyed the building process so far and is struck by how much gets accomplished in so little time. His father finds the process “Interesting.” He hadn’t worked on an airplane before arriving at Glasair, but has several rebuilt and restored Volvos to his credit.
The presence of the Arlington Fly-In across the field is just too good an excuse not to stop all the busy-ness, settle back around good food, and enjoy a summer evening with coworkers, their families, and many of our Glasair friends. Herewith are a few views from this year’s barbecue. May they entice you to join us next year.
Although builder Jeff Brown arrived last week, it’s still early days in the latest Two Weeks to Taxi event taking place at Glasair Aviation. Jeff’s build did not begin until this past Monday, and, as is always the case, the important initial tasks aren’t all that showy. Soon, however, once work on the firewall is finalized, the engine will be set in place, and not long thereafter the wings. That’s when the project begins to feel real and the component parts take on the appearance of an honest airplane in the making. Exciting days ahead for Jeff and his father Kent.
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 houses an integrated autopilot, Comm, transponder and Engine Management System (EMS).
The right-hand unit, as its shown, operates as the Multifunction Flight Display (MFD). Its mapping functionality is driven from information provided by the Comm/GPS housed in the center of the panel.
We hope to convince Mr. Hasz to display his Sportsman with us at AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh at the end of the month (booths 253-254).
We’re accepting best guesses on the territory outside . We thought we recognized a Northwest theme, specifically Wenatchee, Wash., or the Columbia Gorge, and Portland, Oreg., but the lack of towering volcanic peaks for the latter leaves us wondering. Have an idea? — set us straight!
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 land. BRS Aerospace leads the industry with its aircraft ballistic recovery systems, which are credited with saving more than 350 lives.
The BRS system is available immediately on new Sportsman aircraft as a purchase upgrade and on previously built aircraft as a retrofit. It is not offered as a builder-installed upgrade at this time.
The BRS system weighs approximately 70 pounds installed behind Bulkhead A. As placed, the system does not reduce in-cabin storage by volume; exact numbers vary by the model and configuration of Sportsman, but the decrease in useful load is approximately 50 pounds. Pilots should determine their own weight and balance adjustments based on the characteristics of their airplanes.
Illustration showing placement of the BRS system within the airframe aft of Bulkhead A.
Glasair offers the system for $33,950, which includes installation, deployment-compatible hatch, and pilot-activated in-cockpit release — and increased peace of mind, especially for pilots who fly with their families.
Buyers purchasing systems during AirVenture 2016 (July 25 – 31) receive a 10% show discount. You do not need to attend the show to qualify. Orders can be made at the show (booths 253-254) or by calling Glasair Aviation Customer Service at (360) 435-8533, Ext. 232.
To learn more about ballistic recovery systems, visit BRS Aerospace. To view ground tests of a whole-plane parachute launched from a Sportsman as designed, visit our Glasair Aviation Facebook page.