Every pilot loves horsepower. The classic design of the Glasair 1 FT (fixed tricycle) means you can get a lot of performance from a moderate amount of horsepower
N428DM has a 150 horsepower Lycoming O-320-E2C engine with a Hartzell HC-F2YL-1BF/7663-D4 constant speed propeller. In cruise, the Glasair flies at roughly 165KTAS while consuming about 8.5 gallons per hour of 100LL aviation fuel
Every aircraft owner has a budget. Some are large, some are small. Some are non-existent. I have attempted to bring as much functionality to the cockpit as I can, without breaking the bank
N428DM has a Garmin GNC420, Apollo SL10MS, GRT Mini-AP and GRT SportEX both with synthetic vision, uAvionix echoUAT/skyFX ADSB in/out with Wifi, King KT76C transponder, a Trio EZ-Pilot autopilot with a Trio EZ-3 for altitude hold
Every owner wants to feel a sense of pride when other pilots and non-pilots alike see their aircraft. I am no different. Spending money on aesthetics matters - but so does comfort
N428DM is sporting a brand new leather seats that are custom made memory foam cores from Oregon Aero. I will make some new side panels and baggage covers soon!