GlaStar Specifications and Performance

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Dave Ammenti's GlaStar

The GlaStar—an aircraft for the pilot who rejects compromise, whose flying missions are diverse and demanding, and whose airplane had better be ready to go… anywhere, anytime.

The GlaStar offers the following features:

  • 160+ mph cruise speed; 49 mph stall speed at gross
  • Roomy side-by-side cabin, wider than a Cessna 182
  • Enormous 250 lb baggage capacity
  • Take-off & landing rolls of less than 400 ft at gross
  • 800+ nm range
  • Incredibly docile slow-speed handling qualities
  • Folding wings & removable tail for trailering
  • Convertible among tricycle, taildragger, float & ski configurations
  • Standard build time of 1,500 hours; 750 with jump-start options

Performance

 Engine 125 hp 160 hp 180 hp
Top Speed at Sea Level (TAS) [mph/kt]
  156 /136 167/145 171/149
Cruise Speed (TAS) [mph/kt]
75% power at 8,000′ 151/131 161/140 167/145
65% power at 8,000′ 140/122 153/133 159/138
Stall Speed at max. gross [mph/kt]
No flaps (Vs) 56/49
Full flaps (Vso) 49/43
Rate of Climb [fpm]
Solo 1,300 2,075 2,150
Max. gross 1,000 1,390 1,500
Range (with VFR reserves at 65% power)
Standard Fuel (mi) 597 554 436
Standard Fuel (nm) 520 481 379
Extended Fuel (mi) 1021 953 763
Extended Fuel (nm) 888 829 663
Fuel Consumption [gal/h]
65% power 5.8 6.7 8.5
Service Ceiling [ft]
 Estimated 17,000 20,000 21,000
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*Performance data are taken from Glasair Aviation prototype GlaStars. The 125 hp numbers are from an aircraft equipped with a Continental IO-240B engine with a Sensenich 72/57 fixed-pitch propeller. The 160 and 180 hp numbers are from aircraft equipped with Lycoming O-320 and O-360 engines, respectively, and Hartzell constant-speed propellers.

Specifications

Fuselage Length
Continental IO-240 (rigged for flight) 22′ 4″
Continental IO-240 (wings folded) 24′ 6″
Lycoming engine (rigged for flight) 22′ 4″
Lycoming engine (wings folded) 25′
Wing Span
Rigged for flight 35′
Wings folded & tail removed 8′
Other Wing Data
Area 128 ft²
Aspect ratio 9.6
Wing loading (at max. gross) 15.3 lb/ft²
Structural limit loads (at max. gross) +3.8/-1.5 g
Maximum Height
Tricycle (on gear) 9′ 1″
Tricycle (wings folded) 6′ 4″
Taildragger 6′ 11″
Cabin Dimensions
Width (at hips) 44″
Width (at shoulders) 46″
Door width 37″
Door height 31.5″
Baggage space 32″
Weights
Maximum gross weight (on wheels) 1,960 lb
Maximum gross weight (on floats) 2,100 lb
Empty weight (typical)* 1,200 lb
Useful load (typical)* 760 lb
Full-fuel payload (standard tanks) 594 lb
Full-fuel payload (with auxiliary tanks) 489 lb
Maximum baggage capacity 250 lb
Fuel Capacity (usable)**
Standard tanks 27.6 gal
With auxiliary tanks 45.1 gal

*Weights of amateur-built aircraft will vary with construction technique and equipment. Customer-reported empty weights have varied from approximately 1,140 to 1,340 lb.
**Usable fuel quantities are lower in certain flight attitudes.

See more photos of GlaStars in our image library and on Airliners.net.

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