The Glasair was the first kit aircraft that used
moulded surfaces rather than the Rutan method of construction. The
original Glasair 1 required a very long time to construct. The original company, Stoddard
Hamilton, (named after the late designer) went into liquidation due
to reasons outside the Glasair range. Fortunately the company was
purchased by aircraft enthusiast
Thomas W. Wathen and is now going from
strength to strength. The Glasair range included a taildragger
version (TD), fixed trike (FT) and a retract (RG). Wing extensions
were available which improved performance at higher altitude but
reduced g loadings.
The Glasair is the ideal long distance fast personal
These aircraft are not only extremely strong, but fly
better than almost any experimental. They are renowned for their
handling characteristics. In addition, the resins used very rarely
cause allergy problems for builders.
Performance is varied according to choice of engine, which can range
from 160 hp to 200 hp.
specifications and performance figures for 200 hp variant with
extended fuel tanks and no wing extensions
Lyc IO 360 A1B 200 hp
3 blade Hoffmann VP wood blades
6ft 2 ins
81.3 sq ft
61.4 Imp gal.
rate of climb
landing distance, ground roll
limiting and recommended speeds
design manoeuvring speed (Va)
never exceed speed (Vne)
stall, power off (Vsl)
landing approach speed
All specifications are based on manufacturer's