Sportsman Specifications and Performance

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Sportsman on floats

The Sportsman is the ultimate adventure aircraft. It was designed 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 Sportsman is the only four-place general aviation aircraft on the market that is a taildragger, trike, float ready, wing folding, trailerable, high-utility aircraft, all rolled into one! You can use the experts and equipment to build your plane in Glasair’s Two Weeks to Taxi program or order a kit and build at home. The Sportsman can be built with a Continental CD-155 diesel engine which is EASA and FAA certified and a perfect match for the proven Sportsman airframe. The performance and fuel economy are amazing. The Diesel Sportsman will only be available through the Two Weeks to Taxi program.

Performance

Engine Lycoming
180 hp
Lycoming
210 hp
Continental
CD-155
Speeds [mph/kt]
Top Speed (TAS at Sea Level) 167/145 186/162  
Top Speed (TAS at 9,000′)     165/143
Cruise Speed (TAS) [mph/kt]
75% Power at 8,000′ 158/137 172/150 152/132
65% Power at 8,000′ 154/134 167/145 140/122
Stall Speed (Max Gross) [mph/kt]
No Flaps (Vs) 58/51 58/51 58/51
Full Flaps (Vso) 48/42 48/42 48/42
Rate of Climb [fpm]
Solo 1,850 2,100 900
Max. Gross 1,000 1,200  
Range (65% Power)
Range Standard Fuel VFR Reserve [mi] 829 733 1338
Range Standard Fuel VFR Reserve [nm] 721 638 1163
Endurance (65% power) [hours]     8.6
Endurance (75% power) [hours]     6.4
Fuel Consumption (65% Power) [gal/h] 8.5 10.2 5.2
Service Ceiling (Estimated) [ft] 20,000 21,500 24,000

 

Sportsman Diesel Continental CD-155
The Sportsman Diesel with a Continental CD-155 engine has an astonishing range of 1163 nm at a fuel burn of 5.1 gph.

Specifications

  Standard Model Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber/Diesel
Fuselage Length
Rigged For Flight 23′ 23′ 23′
Wings Folded 24′ 8″ 24′ 8″ 24′ 8″
Wing Span
Rigged For Flight 35′ 35′ 35′
Wings Folded and Tail Removed 8′ 6″ 8′ 6″ 8′ 6″
Other Wing Data
Area 131 ft2 131 ft2 131 ft2
Aspect Ratio 9.1 9.1 9.1
Wing Loading (max. gross) 17.5 lb/ft2 19 lb/ft2 17.5 lb/ft2
Structural Limit Loads
(max. gross) [g]
+3.8/-1.5 +3.8/-1.5 +3.8/-1.5
Maximum Height
Tricycle (On Gear) 9′ 4″ 9′ 4″ 9′ 4″
Tricycle (Wings Folded) 7′ 1″ 7′ 1″ 7′ 1″
Tail Dragger 6′ 11″ 6′ 11″ 6′ 11″
Cabin Dimensions
Width (At Hips) 44″ 44″ 44″
Width (At Shoulders) 46″ 46″ 46″
Door Width 37″ 37″ 37″
Door Height 31.5″ 31.5″ 31.5″
Baggage Space / Rear Passenger Area 37 ft3 37 ft3 37 ft3
Rear Door Width 26″ 26″ 26″
Rear Door Height 31″ 31″ 31″
Weights
Maximum Gross Weight
(on Wheels)
2,350 lb 2,500 lb 2,500 lb
Maximum Gross Weight
(on floats)
2,500 lb 2,650 lb  
Empty Weight (typical) 1,350 lb 1,350 lb 1,500 lb
Useful Load (typical) 1,000 lb 1,150 lb 1,000 lb
Full-Fuel Payload (standard tanks) 700 lb 850 lb 700 lb
Maximum Baggage Capacity 300 lb 300 lb 300 lb
Fuel Capacity (usable)
Standard Tanks 50 gal 50 gal 50 gal
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Sportsman carbon-fiber
The carbon-fiber fuselage option increases the aircraft’s gross weight by 150 lb.

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

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Omar Filipovic is president of the Glasair Aircraft Owners Association as well as the chief tinkerer and content editor for this website. He is also the web editor for Kitplanes Magazine. Omar is building a GlaStar in Portland, Oregon.