You know you’ve designed a good airplane when your customers flock to that particular model. The downside is that other models may not get many orders. Such is the case at Glasair Aviation.
“Since we introduced the Sportsman some four years ago, the orders for the Glastar have fallen off dramatically,” explained company spokesman Alan Negrin, “so we made a decision not to manufacture the full kits any more.”
The company still has parts and sub-assemblies, and will still support the aircraft, he added.
Negrin notes the success of the Sportsman is due, in part, to the creation of a builder assistance center at Glasair Aviation’s factory in Arlington, Wash. Last spring the company launched a “Two Weeks to Taxi” program that enables builders to complete their planes in a short time.
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