Custom Modifications
Glasair III N196G

  • Split Wing Tanks and Redesigned Fuel Selector
  • Two Outboard Fuel Bays One In Each Side
  • Enlarged 8 Gal Header Tank With Flop Tube
  • Rerouted and Improved Fuel Venting System
  • Battery Mounted On Firewall
  • Improved Oil Cooler Air Inlet/Outlet System
  • Reduction In Size Of Engine Cooling Air Inlet
  • Reduced Size NACA Engine Air Inlet
  • Christen Inverted Oil System
  • Engine Fire Suppression System
  • Cooling Shrouded Gasculator
  • Overboard Outlet For Heater
  • Flush Fuel Tank Drains
  • Low Drag Cut Off Headers
  • Eliminated Cowl Flaps
  • Contoured Wings
  • Profiled Hard Epoxy Wing Leading Edges
  • Emergency Bus Electrical System
  • Electrical Bonding Of All Components
  • After Market Antenna System
  • Electrically Driven Alternate Air Door
  • Start Motor In Operation Warning Light
  • Cam Operated Gear Warning Buzzer
  • Two Speed Electric Trim
  • Modified Seat Belts
  • Idler Arm Support for Elevator Push Rod
  • Right Seat Pilot Instrument Display
  • Scratch Built Wing Root Fairings
  • Improved Cabin Air Exhaust System
  • Carbon Fiber Wheel Spatz

    Noteworthy Accessories/Options Glasair III N196G

  • Aerobatic Engine Mounts
  • Sacramento Sky Ranch Hoses
  • Extended Tips With Fuel Bays
  • Electrically Operated Slotted Flaps
  • Rear Windows
  • Updated Landing Gear System
  • Independent Emergency Gear System
  • Parking Brake
  • Hydraulic Pressure Shuttle Valve
  • Hydraulic Filters
  • Metallic Brakes
  • Temper Foam Seats
  • "Finesse" Leatherette Upholstery
  • English Wool Carpet
  • Dupont Chroma Base Coat Clear Coat System Acrylic Urethane
  • Bendix King Radio Stack
  • Vision Microsystems VM-1000 Engine Management System
  • S-Tech System 50 Autopilot
  • Arnav Star 5000 GPS
  • Skyforce Moving Map
  • Bose ANR Headsets
  • Dual EDS Oxygen System
  • PS2000 Stereo Intercom
  • Digital Voice Recorder

    General Specificaions Glasair III N196G

  • Builders: Trip Mellinger and Ross Briegleb
  • I0-540 K1H5 300HP Lycoming Engine
  • Mc Cauley Blackhawk Propeller
  • Woodward Governor
  • Empty Weight 1782 Lb.
  • Maximum Gross Weight 2650 (2750 With Wing Tip Extensions.)
  • Wing Span 23.3 ft. (27.3 ft. With Wing Tip Extensions.)
  • Fuel Capacity 68 Gallons (79 Gals With Wing Tip Extensions)
  • Cruise At 9500 ft. 2450 RPM 225-230 Knots.
  • Climb Rate 3500 FPM

    Builders Comments

    The Glasair III is truly a fantastic airplane to fly. Its performance and stability meet all our expectations. The two most rewarding aspects of the airplane for us are its very high cruise speed and its excellent handling in all flight regimes. We have found an unexpected third benefit in that it is a fine instrument platform.

    Building time for N196G took about 7 years and 9000 + hours. A bit more then was expected, but what the heck, it is that much newer as it sits today as a result of it. And modifications and upgrades during the building process really add to the man-hours.

    Here are some of the many people and companies we owe our thanks too (this is a condensed list of course). One person alone can not take on a project like this without support from people like those listed below.

    Our Wives and Families
    Mike Jones
    Einar Enevoldson
    Stoddard Hamilton
    Frank Miller
    Dace Kirk at Phoenix Composites
    Airtronics, Camarillo CA
    All Aricraft, Van Nuys CA
    Antenae Dynamics
    Bill at B&C Engineering
    Bob Knuckles
    Dick Demars
    Denis Chadd
    Duponts Field Representative
    Jessie's Upoholstry Service, Oxnard CA
    John Flores
    John Shwaner Sacramento Sky Ranch
    Lance Turk at Vision Microsytems
    Lycoming Tech Support
    Otto Instruments
    S-Tec Autopilots Tech Support
    Tony Bingles
    Troy Litzenberger
    Vern Hutchinson