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Stoddard Hamilton Glasair Super II

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Glasair II S


The Glasair Super II was also introduced in 1993. The II-S fuselage was lengthened by 6", the wing was moved aft 1-1/2", and the horizontal tail surfaces were increased in size by 30%, producing an aircraft of peerless handling characteristics with a CG envelope wide enough to accommodate a wide variety of engine and equipment choices. Available in any of three gear configurations, the Super II offers an unbeatable combination of performance, utility and economy. The construction is based on E glass and vinyl ester resin.


1995 saw major enhancements to all models of the Glasair. Kits for both the III and the Super II underwent upgrades, as previously optional equipment was incorporated into the standard kits. Ever-increasing degrees of factory prefabrication, part quality and kit completeness continue to be the hallmark of the Glasair line.

The Glasair Super II TD is the direct descendant of the very first Glasair. The Super II TD utilizes essentially the same fiberglass main gear legs as the FT but matches them with a faired, full-swivel locking tailwheel. The TD is (like most high-performance tail-draggers) blind over the nose in the tail-down stance.

The fixed tricycle gear Glasair Super II FT is a choice for pilots who want docile, trainer-like slow flight and landing characteristics but a high cruise speed.

The retractable tricycle gear RG has a performance edge over the rest, utilising oleo-pneumatic landing gear struts which, like our Glasair III gear, are designed to be as maintenance-free as possible. The struts are professionally manufactured using automated welding techniques and many computer numerical controlled (CNC) machined parts. The Super II RG uses an electro-hydraulic pump for retraction; a pressure porting valve is used to extend the gear in the event of electrical or pump failure. An emergency extension hand-pump system is available as an option.

The RG gear package has all electrical and hydraulic componentry is included (e.g., gear switch, wiring, position lights, microswitches, PC relay board, hydraulic pump, manifolds, pressure tubing, fittings, etc.). Gear doors are also included for all landing gear.

The gear cycles up in about eight seconds, and gear extension has minimal effect on pitch trim.

The FT combines the easy ground handling of tricycle gear with the operating and building simplicity of a fixed-gear design.

Simple fiberglass main gear legs are employed, along with full-sized 5.00 x 5 tires. The nose gear installation utilises a rubber shock-mounted, heat-treated steel tube strut, with a free-castering nose wheel. An effective shimmy damper system is built into the nose wheel fork.

With standard faired gear legs and streamlined wheel pants, the Super II FT sacrifices less than 10 knots in top speed to the Super II RG.

All Glasair Super II models are designed for the installation of certified Lycoming four-cylinder aircraft engines of either 320 or 360 cu. in. displacement.

Original manufacturer of the Glasair and Glastar, Stoddard Hamilton closed its doors in 2000 after more than 20 years in business. Both aircraft types were split from the Stoddard Hamilton camp when the clo-sure occurred.

Thomas W. Wathen, former Chairman and CEO of Pinkerton's, Inc., purchased the assets of Stoddard-Hamilton and AADI and formed Glasair Aviation, LLC in 2001 for the continued manufacturing and sale of both the Glasair and Glastar product lines.

New owner Thomas Walthem was committed to getting all three kits back into production. He initially purchased the Glasair side of the business but after find-ing the overheads of the line were not self supporting approached Arlington Air-craft Development Inc (AADI) to purchase the GlaStar line. As a single entity, the Glasair and Glastar kit aircraft under the banner of New Glasair/GlaStar.

Mr. Wathen, who sits on the President’s Counsel of the EAA and owns historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, selected Mikael Via to be President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the new companies. According to Mr. Wathen, Via is to be responsible for daily operations of Glasair Aviation and will help Wathen determine the long-term direction and growth of the company. Via, is a private pilot and builder/owner of a Glasair Super II RG.


In 2009, still produces kits to construct the Glasair in various models.

Glasair S-II RG
Engine: Lycoming O-360, 180 hp
Fuselage Length: 20.7 ft
Wing Span (standard): 22.3 ft
Wing Span (extended): 27.3 ft
Maximum Height: 6.8 ft
Cabin Width: 42 in
Top Speed (sea level): 238 mph / 207 knots
Cruise Speeds (TAS) 75% at 8,000 ft: 221 mph / 192 knots
Cruise Speeds (TAS) 65% at 8,000 ft: 214 mph / 186 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) Standard Flaps: 73 mph / 63 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) Slotted Flaps: 68 mph / 59 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) w/Extended Tips: 63 mph / 55 knots
Best Rate of Climb Speed: 120 mph / 104 knots
Best Angle of Climb Speed: 100 mph / 87 knots
Maneuvering Speed: 145 mph / 126 knots
Never Exceed Speed (Vne): 260 mph / 226 knots
Rate of Climb Solo: 2,700 ft/min
Rate of Climb Gross: 1,700 ft/min
Roll Rate - Standard Wing: 140 degrees / sec
Roll Rate - Extended Wing: 90 degrees / sec
Range Standard Fuel VFR Reserve: 1009 mi / 877 n.m
Range Extended Fuel VFR Reserve: 1265 mi / 1100 nm
Fuel Consumption at 65%: 9.2 Usgph
Service Ceiling: 19,000 ft
Fuel Capacity (usable) Main Tank (wing): 40 USgal
Fuel Capacity (usable) Header Tank: 8 USgal
Fuel Capacity (usable) Wing Tip Extensions: 11 USgal
Baggage Capacity: 100 lbs / 12 cu ft
Wing Area: 81.3 sq ft
Wing Tip Extension Area: 10.2 sq ft
Aspect Ratio: 6.20
Aspect Ratio/Tip Extension: 7.64
G-Limits (1,900 lbs/Aerobatic): +6/-4 G's
G-Limits (1,900 lbs/Aerobatic) Ultimate: +9/-6 G's
Empty Weight: 1,325 lbs
Gross Weight - Standard Wing: 2,100 lbs
Gross Weight - Extended Wing: 2,200 lbs
Take-off dist: 380 ft
Landing dist: 400 ft
Seats: 2
Landing gear: retractable nose wheel.

Glasair S-II FT
Engine: Lycoming O-360, 180 hp
Fuselage Length: 20.7 ft
Wing Span (standard): 22.3 ft
Wing Span (extended): 27.3 ft
Maximum Height: 6.8 ft
Cabin Width: 42 in
Top Speed (sea level): 228 mph / 198 knots
Cruise Speeds (TAS) 75% at 8,000 ft: 210 mph / 183 knots
Cruise Speeds (TAS) 65% at 8,000 ft: 204 mph / 177 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) Standard Flaps: 73 mph / 63 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) Slotted Flaps: 68 mph / 59 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) w/Extended Tips: TD 63 mph / 55 knots
Best Rate of Climb Speed: TD 118 mph / 102 knots
Best Angle of Climb Speed: 99 mph / 86 knots
Maneuvering Speed: 145 mph / 126 knots
Never Exceed Speed (Vne): 260 mph / 226 knots
Rate of Climb Solo: 2,700 ft/min
Rate of Climb Gross: 1,700 ft/min
Roll Rate - Standard Wing: 130 degrees / sec
Roll Rate - Extended Wing: 85 degrees / sec
Range Standard Fuel VFR Reserve: 960 mi / 835 nm
Range Extended Fuel VFR Reserve: 1204 mi / 1047 nm
Fuel Consumption at 65%: 9.2 Usgph
Service Ceiling: 19,000 ft
Fuel Capacity (usable) Main Tank (wing): 40 USgal
Fuel Capacity (usable) Header Tank: 8 USgal
Fuel Capacity (usable) Wing Tip Extensions: 11 USgal
Baggage Capacity: 100 lbs / 12 cu ft
Wing Area: 81.3 sq ft
Wing Tip Extension Area: 10.2 sq ft
Aspect Ratio: 6.20
Aspect Ratio/Tip Extension: 7.64
G-Limits (1,900 lbs/Aerobatic): +6/-4 G's
G-Limits (1,900 lbs/Aerobatic) Ultimate: +9/-6 G's
Empty Weight: 1,250 lbs
Gross Weight - Standard Wing: 2,100 lbs
Gross Weight - Extended Wing: 2,200 lbs
Take-off dist: 350 ft
Landing dist: 350 ft
Seats: 2
Landing gear: nose wheel

Glasair S-II TD
Engine: Lycoming O-360, 180 hp
Fuselage Length: 20.7 ft
Wing Span (standard): 22.3 ft
Wing Span (extended): 27.3 ft
Maximum Height: 6.8 ft
Cabin Width: 42 in
Top Speed (sea level): 228 mph / 198 knots
Cruise Speeds (TAS) 75% at 8,000 ft: 210 mph / 183 knots
Cruise Speeds (TAS) 65% at 8,000 ft: 204 mph / 177 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) Standard Flaps: 73 mph / 63 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) Slotted Flaps: 68 mph / 59 knots
Stall Speed (Gross) w/Extended Tips: TD 63 mph / 55 knots
Best Rate of Climb Speed: TD 118 mph / 102 knots
Best Angle of Climb Speed: 99 mph / 86 knots
Maneuvering Speed: 145 mph / 126 knots
Never Exceed Speed (Vne): 260 mph / 226 knots
Rate of Climb Solo: 2,700 ft/min
Rate of Climb Gross: 1,700 ft/min
Roll Rate - Standard Wing: 130 degrees / sec
Roll Rate - Extended Wing: 85 degrees / sec
Range Standard Fuel VFR Reserve: 960 mi / 835 nm
Range Extended Fuel VFR Reserve: 1204 mi / 1047 nm
Fuel Consumption at 65%: 9.2 Usgph
Service Ceiling: 19,000 ft
Fuel Capacity (usable) Main Tank (wing): 40 USgal
Fuel Capacity (usable) Header Tank: 8 USgal
Fuel Capacity (usable) Wing Tip Extensions: 11 USgal
Baggage Capacity: 100 lbs / 12 cu ft
Wing Area: 81.3 sq ft
Wing Tip Extension Area: 10.2 sq ft
Aspect Ratio: 6.20
Aspect Ratio/Tip Extension: 7.64
G-Limits (1,900 lbs/Aerobatic): +6/-4 G's
G-Limits (1,900 lbs/Aerobatic) Ultimate: +9/-6 G's
Empty Weight: 1,200 lbs
Gross Weight - Standard Wing: 2,000 lbs
Gross Weight - Extended Wing: 2,100 lbs

 

 


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