Glasair Aviation Retires the Glasair Model

Glasair Aviation is alive and well selling Sportsman kits and continuing with their popular two-weeks-to-taxi program, however the eponymous Glasair airplane is now officially retired. The last kit is sold, the molds are shot, so the end has come. The plane that invented "fast glass" is no more. They will continue to grace the skies for many years to come, but anyone who wants to build one will have to scour the resale market for kits or parts.

The truth is that the kits had not been selling well for some time, but is seems sad somehow to acknowledge that the end has come for a great kit.

David Prizio

Dave Prizio has been plying the skies of the L.A. basin and beyond since 1973. Born into a family of builders, it was only natural that he would make his living as a contractor and spend his leisure time building airplanes. He has so far completed three—a GlaStar, a Glasair Sportsman, and a Texas Sport Cub—and is helping a friend build an RV-8. When he isn’t building something, he shares his love of aviation with others by flying Young Eagles or volunteering as an EAA Technical Counselor. He is also an A&P mechanic, Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), and a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

23 Replies to “Glasair Aviation Retires the Glasair Model”

  1. Years ago I rode in one. Loved the design, but IMHO it's a little small on the inside for larger pilots, especially if you have a long torso.

    Would love to see an updated model with a bit more head and shoulder room, but with the same basic design principles. Sadly it sounds like that won't happen.

    Now that the F1 Rocket is getting somewhat close to resuming kit production, I'll probably buy and build one of those. Not as fast as a Glasair III but not too shabby either.

  2. I have had the pleasure of building a super II Ft , a Glasair III , and rebuilding a Broken Gladair III . What a delight it was and is still a great plane .

  3. If the molds are shot then there's nothing they can really do. The cost to replace the molds would be huge..

  4. You need to go look at whisper aircrafts x350 at Osh booth 91 kit very similar. Don't know why they are hiding back there.

  5. I worked for the original Glasair company in Research and Development during the early 1990's. I had the opportunity to build the G-IIS prototype, and I developed the G-III turbocharger retrofit kit. The Glasairs are fast airplanes, no question, but the composite design was hardly state of the art by that time. The airplane was all wet laminate, which is very heavy. The geometry of the outer mold line looked nice, but flat sides are not necessarily strong without adding considerable weight. The result was a fast airplane with a high landing speed. The Lancair designs quickly outclassed the Glasair and furthered the state of the art by using carbon pre-impregnated fabrics creating much stronger and lighter structures.
    All things considered, the longevity of the Glasair designs is rather surprising considering the multitudes of hi-tek composite designs that have come and gone since the Glasairs models debut.
    I've had plenty of opportunity to fly the G-I, -II, -III models and thoroughly enjoyed them all.

  6. Officially is indeed the operative word. Glasair orphaned the model (and its Glasair customers) for all practical purposes over 10 years ago.

  7. You can thank poor management and selling out to China. This is truly sad and for current owners its a slap in the face. No offense to the Sport Star and Sportsman but, the Glasair is, and will always be, fast glass!

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