This 2017 Glasair I Is a Kitbuilt ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Sleek, two-seat experimental machine reaches high cruising speeds using modest power.

2017 Glasair I [Courtesy: Les Clark]

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The sleek, composite airplane for sale here is a descendant of the original Glasair I that Tom Hamilton developed during the 1970s. That innovative design was a watershed for the kitplane industry and continues to influence amateur-built composite experimental aircraft today. Using layers of foam and fiberglass to construct the Glasair, Hamilton wound up with a two-seater that was light and aerodynamic enough to fly at nearly 200 mph using small, fuel-efficient general aviation engines such as the Lycoming O-235 and IO-320.

The Glasair design has benefitted from continued development and numerous improvements since its first flights in 1979—growing larger and gaining retractable landing gear (the original was fixed gear). Customers have bought thousands of kits of this and other Glasair models, making them fairly regular sights at GA airports—the 300-hp Glasair III is an air-racing staple in the Sport Class. Glasairs are still well represented in the used market and a strong user group helps owners source parts no longer available from the factory, which closed in late 2023. 

This 2017 Glasair I has 200 hours on the airframe and its Lycoming IO-320 engine. The engine uses a Precision Airmotive Silver Hawk EX fuel injection system and an E-Mag Model P113 electronic ignition. The panel includes dual Dynon EFIS D-100s, Garmin 695/696 GPS, Garmin GDL 82 with ADS-B Out,  Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver, dual Icom IC-A200 VHF transceiver radios, Advance ACS 2002 engine monitor, and Dynon Avionics intercom.

Pilots looking for high performance in a light, aerodynamic, and fuel-efficient two-seat experimental aircraft should consider this Glasair I, which is available for $150,000 on Aircraft For Sale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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