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Aircraft Review : Glasair Sportsman 2+2 by GHansen

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Aircraft Review : Glasair Sportsman 2+2 by GHansen


Glasair Aviation is one of the most known companies in the Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft industry. Founded in 2001, the company is located in Arlington, WA. The Glasair Sportsman 2+2 is their main product, offering many customizing options. It can be built in a tricycle landing gear and conventional landing gear configurations, as well as amphibious floats or tundra tires.


The Sportsman 2+2 is a very versatile aircraft, being able to carry 4 occupants, a useful load of 1,000 lbs and an impressive 140 kts cruise speed. The fuselage can be made of fiberglass or carbon fiber, and the wings and empennage are made of metal. It can be equipped with a 180 hp Lycoming IO-360 engine or a 210 hp Lycoming IO-390 engine. There is a third option that features a Thielert Centurion 2.0S diesel engine.


Sportsman 2+2


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The exterior modeling is very nice, being a good representation of the real aircraft. The nose spinner has very nice reflections, the props, landing gear and wings are very nice too. All the fuselage is reflective and full of details.


Interior modeling

The cockpit may be one of the main for buying this aircraft. It has high-resolution textures and very good 3d modeling. It is very important to note that the aircraft has both IFR and VFR panels modeled, this way you can select that best one for your flight. You can change the panels by accessing the aircraft menu, which is very simple and intuitive. The aircraft has Avitab integration.


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It is very important to note that the aircraft has FMOD sounds, which gives you a lot of immersion. There are custom sounds for doors, switches, engine, and many more. Note that the external engine sounds change when the doors are opened. You won't be disappointed with the sounds while flying the aircraft.


Flying the Sportsman

Today I am going to make a very short regional flight from Jundiaí (SBJD) to Campinas (SBKP). Starting the Sportsman is very easy, batteries on, engine start and avionics on, simply like that. 


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Here we go for another flight. The Sportsman is very beautiful and has an outstanding performance for its category. This short flight shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.


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Another successful landing. This is a really fun aircraft to fly, especially when you don't use the autopilot. It gives you the feeling of flying the real aircraft.


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Other Features

Here I will list and show you things that are included with the aircraft.


Lights: The aircraft has the minimum lights you would expect, navigation, strobe and landing lights. The interior is very beautiful at night.


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Variants: The aircraft contains 3 variants, conventional landing gear, tricycle landing gear, and conventional with tundra tires. All three are very nice and unique.


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Menu: The aircraft comes with a small menu. There you can open the doors, set weight and passengers as well as the static elements.


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Liveries: The Sportsman comes with 7 different liveries, plus a blank one. All of them are very nice and well done.


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The Glasair Sportsman 2+2 by GHansen is a very fun aircraft to fly, especially when you use a joystick. It is very powerful, resulting in an outstanding performance for its size, meanwhile, it is very easy to fly. Probably this is one of the most versatile aircraft in its category, being able to carry a lot of weight, takeoff in short runways and fly in exotic locations. It would be very nice to see a variant equipped with floats and a 3-blade prop.


For the price of only US$20.00, this is one of the best plane you could buy in the X-Plane.Org Store. High-quality textures, FMOD sounds, interactive menu and three different variants are its main qualities. At first glance it may seem too simple, but I can assure you that this plane is very fun and nice to fly, this way you will always want to fly it more and more. Even though it could have some little improvements, it is a highly recommended purchase.






The Sportsman 2+2 by GHansen is available at the X-Plane.Org Store.


Sportsman 2+2


Price is US$20.00


  • Three versions included! Conventional gear, Tricycle gear and Tundra gear.
  • Accurately modeled Sportsman 2+2
  • 200+ animations for an accurate simulation
  • Fully VR compatible with preset seating locations for all four seats.
  • Realistic modeling and texturing
  • Ground equipment including chocks and tie-downs
  • 4096x4096 textures to produce the high quality textures
  • PBR (Physically Based Rendering) materials
  • Detailed normal mapping with down-to-the-rivet precision
  • 3D virtual cockpit, instruments are constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
  • Dimmable cockpit lighting
  • Realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real-world performance, handling and input from pilots
  • Authentic sounds, created using X-Plane's FMOD sound system
  • Custom sounds for switches, Doors, Engine and more, featuring accurate location placement of sounds in the stereo spectrum, 3D audio effects, adaptive Doppler,
  • exterior sounds spill in when doors or windows are open, different sound characteristics depending on viewing angle etc.
  • Adjust your Weight, Fuel load, ground equipment and passengers via in cockpit clipboard
  • AviTab integration



X-Plane 11

Windows, Mac or Linux
4GB VRAM Minimum - 8GB+ VRAM Recommended
Download Size: 671 MB
Current Version : 1.3 (April 14th 2020)

Aircraft Review by Bernardo Casa

28th April 2020

Copyright©2020: X-PlaneReviews
Review System Specifications:
Computer System: Intel Core I5-9600K 4,30GHz / 2x8 Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 3200MHz - Gigabyte RTX 2070 - Z390 Aorus Master - Kingston A1000M.2 SSD 240GB

Software:   - Windows 10 - X-Plane  11.41

Addons: Logitech Pro Flight Yoke/Pedals/Throttle Quadrant - Logitech Extreme 3d Pro Joystick - Sound: Samsung Home Theater System J5500WK

Plugins:  Environment Engine v1.13 by xEnviro US$69,90 Traffic: Traffic Global by JustFlight US$52.99

-SBJD - Jundiaí Aiport (X-Plane.Org) freeware

-SBKP - Campinas airport (AxScenery)

-SBSP - Congonhas Aiport (AxScenery)

-Mega São Paulo (X-Plane.Org Store)


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