Wed, Oct 06, 2010
Jeff Lavelle Outpaces Super Sports, Some Unlimiteds
Flying his Glasair III at the 2010 National Championship Air
Races in Stead, Nevada, Jeff Lavelle set a blistering new Sport
Class qualifying record, setting the bar up at 362.481 MPH.
Lavelle's speed is even more impressive when you realize that
his Glasair's qualifying speed is not only faster than every one of
the higher horse-powered aircraft that qualified in the "Super
Sport Class", but it was also faster than over half (14 of 24) of
the entrants in the Unlimited Class, which includes multiple P-51
Mustangs, a Fockewulf, a P40, and an F4U Corsair.
Not stopping with setting an impressive qualifying record, Jeff
propelled his Glasair III to 1st place victories in every heat of
the Sport Class races, including the Sport Class Gold race on
Sunday. "I'm proud to be a part of putting Glasair back in the
winner's circle - and I had a lot of fun doing it. In years
past, Lancairs dominated at Reno; however, for two years in a row
now, Glasair has set the course speed record." said Lavelle after
his recording breaking week at Reno.
Lavelle's Glasair III is a factory stock airframe powered by a
twin turbocharged Lycoming TIO-540 engine developed by Grant
Semanskee of Snohomish, WA. "Glasairs have long been known to be
one of the best sportplanes on the market - strong and fast - but
clearly we like winning the speed contest at Reno - for two years
in a row now" said Mikael Via, President of Glasair Aviation.
The Glasair III kit is manufactured by Glasair Aviation in
Arlington, WA. The company is also well known for making the
Glasair and the Sportsman 2+2, a four-seat, composite and metal
general purpose airplane.
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