The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane report that the Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF) Homeschoolers in Cuba City, Wisconsin, won the third Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge among U.S. high school students.
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.”