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. Continue reading "Glasair Aviation Retires the Glasair Model"

Alperin Sportsman

I completed construction of the Glasair Sportsman on November 1, 2016 in the Two Week to Taxi program at Glasair Aviation and received the airworthiness certificate the next day. The plane remained at Glasair Aviation and had the required 40 hours of test flying completed and was then sent to the paint shop. The finishing touches and final preparation were done by the Glasair technicians and the plane was once again test flown and made ready for our arrival last week to take delivery.

Scott Alperin (right) ready to depart on an adventure across the country with Robert Metelko.

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Sport Gold Final

This is the only view Sport Gold competitors saw of Jeff LaVelle’s Glasair III all week. Power is supplied by a Lycoming IO-580 built by Ly-Con and turboed by Grant Semanskee.
This is the only view Sport Gold competitors saw of Jeff LaVelle’s Glasair III all week. Power is supplied by a Lycoming IO-580 built by Ly-Con and turboed by Grant Semanskee.

Even if the results are often predictable and there might not be wingtip-to-wingtip combat, the Sport Gold final is one of the most anticipated contests at the National Air Races. Gold races are the money races; it's where there's nothing left to save, reputations are made and scores settled. In Sport Gold highly modified engines in experimental racers are pushed to what is hoped is their rpm, pressure and temperature limits and left there for 48 suspenseful miles. Many don’t make it, and to stand among the gathered crew chiefs huddled in their designated viewing area is to be among the quiet and anxious. Continue reading "Sport Gold Final"

Prop War?

Whirlwind composite prop on David Sterling’s Lancair
This Whirlwind composite on David Sterling’s Lancair is the latest go-fast prop in the Reno Sport Gold pits.

For years Hartzell has ruled the roost in Sport class racing around the pylons at Reno. Their "race prop," as it’s universally called, has been found faithfully propelling nearly every front runner Glasair and Lancair for over a decade and it’s responded well as race speeds have steadily climbed. Continue reading "Prop War?"

Friday Sport Gold Heat

Gary Mead, teammate to Jeff LaVelle, taxis in from his Gold heat race Friday afternoon at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.
Gary Mead, teammate to Jeff LaVelle, taxis in from his Gold heat race Friday afternoon at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.

There were few surprises in the Sport Gold heat race yesterday afternoon at the National Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Jeff LaVelle lead from the start in his muscular Glasair with John Parker maintaining close station in second the entire event. LaVelle posted a 377 mph average speed; Parker 376 mph. Continue reading "Friday Sport Gold Heat"

Mark Banus' Glasair SIIS FT

Mark Banus
Mark Banus

After 13 years of construction, Glasair SIIS FT N600 launched from Chesapeake regional (KCPK) on her maiden voyage the morning of Wednesday June 4, 2014 piloted by Maj. Justin Lewis of FLS Micro Jet fame. Dale Fowler in his Glasair N264DD flew the chase plane providing external eyes on and confirming airspeed and altitude readings for Justin.

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