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Fri, Apr 29, 2005

First CAC Sportsman 2+2 Flies

Flight Follows Following Completion Of CAC Assistance At Glasair

David Codding became the first owner to fly his own Sportsman 2+2 barely four months after enrolling in the Customer Assembly Center (CAC) at the Glasair factory in Arlington, WA.  Starting with a complete fast build kit, he spent a total of three weeks, working eight hours a day, five days a week, with a crew of factory assistants. At the end of the three weeks, he wound up with an aircraft that was nearly ready to taxi. 

Codding trucked the aircraft to his home in California where he installed the instrument panel, upholstered the seats, completed the hookup of his powerplant and painted the airframe. The FAA signed off on the project and Codding went flying after a record-setting assembly process.

“I think the reality is still sinking in,” said Codding. “It was inconceivable that anyone could build an aircraft like this in only four months, and yet I did it. It’s really a tribute to the simplicity of the design, the way the factory has organized the construction and their incredible commitment to get it done.  In about the time it takes to search out and purchase a good used airplane, I finished building a new one. What’s more important is that there simply aren’t any certified aircraft out there that offer the performance, utility and recreational possibilities of a Sportsman, so for me it was the only way to go.”

The Sportsman 2 + 2 is a high wing, two place aircraft that can be configured to seat two children in the back. If the back seats are removed, the Sportsman has tremendous baggage-carrying capability, enough to embark on a three to six month camping trip. The aircraft can be switched from a trike configuration to a taildragger in an hour. It can be fitted with tundra tires, or rigged for straight or amphibious floats or skis, making it an aircraft for all seasons, all reasons.  It handles with ideal response on paved runways, sandbars, shoals or boulder strewn fields.



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