Sportsman 2 + 2 Converted To Tricycle Gear
The Sportsman 2 + 2, introduced last summer as a taildragger,
has been converted to tricycle mode. The change from tail wheel to
nose wheel took one hour and sixteen minutes. "There was some
learning involved," said New GlaStar President, Mikael Via. "The
next time we expect to complete the operation in less than an
With a 180 hp Lycoming 0-360, the tricycle Sportsman
demonstrated a top speed of 167 mph. Cruise speed at 8,000’
(65% power) is 154 mph, while burning 8.0 gph. In the trike
configuration, takeoff runs remain very short at less than 400 feet
and the rate of climb (solo) is an impressive 1,950 fpm. With the
standard 50 gallon fuel capacity, the Sportsman has a range of 886
statute miles (with VFR reserve).
"Our customers have many hobbies and missions that they want to
accomplish in their airplane," said GlaStar President Mikael Via.
"Whether it’s going golfing at a resort, or reaching deep
into the back-country for an extended camping, hunting or fishing
trip, or even taking the grandkids for a weekend, the
Sportsman’s versatility allows customers to achieve them all
in one airplane." Via stressed the fact that the Sportsman provides
many options: "Fly it now as a taildragger, convert it to a trike
in one hour, and then change it over to floats or skis in just a
few hours. And at the end of the day, you can fold the wings in
five minutes and save thousands of dollars a year in hangar
Empty weight for the Sportsman is 1,300 pounds. Gross weight on
wheels is 2,300 pounds and on floats it is 2,450 pounds. There is
plenty of space for utilizing the 900 – 950 pounds of useful
load capacity. By adding a bench seat, the Sportsman can be used to
transport two adults and two children. By removing that seat, there
is enough storage space to accommodate a couple sets of golf clubs,
skis, or sufficient hunting/fishing/camping gear to be able to
leave civilization behind for two or three weeks at a time.
A steel tube cage built into the fuselage, provides enhanced
safety for the occupants.
The Sportsman is being sold in standard and Jump Start kits.
Both feature pre-drilled, matched-hole parts.