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Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Glasair Aviation Has Resumed Operations

Sportsman Kits Are Available Again

Glasair Aviation has resumed operations after a “COVID pause”, and will now resume selling kits. Updates include the Sportsman kits, which have now reduced the builder’s assembly time, with the Two Weeks to Taxi program still on hold.

Small changes have been made regarding the clean up instructions, updated bill of materials, prefabricating assemblies and other improvements, according to Coby Young, Glasair’s Final Assembly Manager. The kit now includes many parts and assemblies that have been historically sold separately as sub-kits.

Key features that have changed are a black interior and black cage, corrosion-proofed wings and flight surfaces, and a Quick-Build option similar to the Two Week to Taxi program and instructions.

“Quick-Build and Standard kits will contain the same components. For the Wing kit and Fuselage kits we have included all of the smaller installation kit BOM’s into the price rather than purchasing separately so overall the kit value is more significant” said Andrew Forrest, the company’s Supply Chain Manager. “The BOMs will follow our TWTT kit program, and these will follow our more up to date work instructions that we have been constantly updating.”

Alongside these updates, the builders manual will still be provided as an overview and contains many useful tips and techniques along with instructions for jigs and assembly fixtures.

To simplify purchasing and inventory, new Sportsman kits are only available with the “high gross weight” (HGW) wing, but the standard (LGW) wing is still supported.

The total cost of a “standard kit” with fiberglass Quick-build fuselage, standard wing, tail, IO-360 FWF kit, and landing gear totals $104,000.

Interested parties can reach Glasair Aviation for information on available engines and avionics packages. The builder can choose from seven propeller options and either an IO-360 or IO-390 engine. There are eight different avionics packages, and the option to upgrade to a larger landing gear.



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