There are airplanes that are built for show, airplanes built for backcountry camping, and airplanes built for IFR cross-country flying. One of the best things about building your own airplane is that you can create a machine that fits all these categories. Gordon Anderson, from Silverthorn, Colo., has achieved this with his 2012 Sportsman 2+2. The red and gold high-wing was one of the more talked about airplanes at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.
For $118,999 customers can build a Sportsman with a 180-hp Lycoming O-360, a Sensenich fixed-pitch propeller and VFR instrument panel through the “Two Weeks to Taxi” program. Upgrade to the fuel-injected IO-360 and a Hartzell constant speed prop is $124,999.
“In this economic climate customers sometimes forgo buying unless there is a compelling reason to do so,” said Mikael Via, CEO of the Arlington, Wash.-based company. “We’ve just provided a substantially compelling reason to buy a Sportsman – a 25% discount on a brand new, high utility/high performance airplane. For this brief moment and for a limited number of customers, Glasair is bringing back 1970s pricing.”