Glasair said, "Whether your definition of flying fun is a cross-country flight, dropping into a back-country airstrip with a load of camping gear, or just punching holes in the sky with a light and nimble LSA, Glasair Aviation has an airplane to fill your needs." In order, the Washington state company refers to their highly capable Sportsman high-wing models, and their newest Merlin LSA. The SLSA is named for the smallest raptor, not the wizard.
Merlin first flew on April 7th, 2015 at Glasair's Arlington, Washington headquarters and was accepted by FAA as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft in March of 2016. The company, known for quality engineering, is still refining the Light-Sport Aircraft to ensure the best customer experience. "We will roll out the first production plane ready for pick up in June 2017," said Glasair's Rick Paul. "In the meantime we are constructing our beta models, allowing us to offer demo flights at our Washington state base beginning in February 2017.|
Glasair Aviation engineers have been busy since first announcing Merlin LSA. Following its first flight in April 2015, refinements and testing-testing-testing have been ongoing while the company prepares their newest model for serial production and customer delivery.
Long a purveyor of complete aircraft kits (Glasair earlier and now Sportsman), the pioneering kitplane manufacturer is proud to bring Merlin to market as a fully factory-built, ready-to-buy-and-fly aircraft. Kits and fully-built are very different business models and Glasair Aviation is determined to achieve this with their customary professionalism.
"Production of beta-series Merlins continues apace as we continue our hard work to make the Merlin as strong, safe, light and enjoyable as can be," said Glasair. "In our minds, it is the perfect Light-Sport Aircraft for rusty pilots rediscovering the joy of easy weekend hops across the state."
New and experienced pilots will enjoy Merlin's stable, easy handling and forgiving landing gear. Occupants will appreciate its roomy 47-inch wide cockpit and excellent visibility, thanks partly to skylights that make it easier to observe traffic at busy airports. The company believe Merlin is "a great plane for sport pilots and flight schools alike."
Phone: (360) 435-8533Arlington, WA 98223
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