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Aero-TV Checks Out 'Two Weeks To Taxi! (Part 3 of 3)

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One of the most exciting and innovative programs in the sport aviation industry is an interesting little program that attempts to defeat the many common issues that prevent today's kit aircraft builder from completing the complex task of completing a kit-built SportPlane. Called "Two Weeks To Taxi," the folks at Glasair Aviation have looked at all the factors that keep airplanes from being built and built a packaged solution that not only virtually guarantees a completion, but does so in near record time. "Two Weeks to Taxi was created because a high percentage of the over 1000 kits sold each year are not completed by the original buyer. We wanted to know what the industry could do to change that," Glasair Aviation President Mikael Via reports. "We determined that buyers often have a false sense of the time and expense involved with building an airplane. They know the cost of the kit, engine, and avionics. What they don't realize is the cost of induction and exhaust systems, spinner, brakes, windows, interior, light, and all of the other little things that drive the cost up." "They also misjudge the cost of equipping a workshop and/or hangar," added Via. "They also don't consider the amount of time to set up a shop, building jigs, cleaning up and setting up for the next piece to assemble." Initially developed for Glasair's Sportsman 2+2 model, Two Weeks to Taxi is designed to present an organized work area where all parts and tools are at the builder's fingertips, and expert assistance is available to help the builder. By eliminating delays associated with missing parts or hardware and removing the uncertainty of "Am I doing this right?", TWTT believes they can save from 70 to 90 percent of the time lost to these delays. The better part of 1000 Sportsmen have been built under the program. They spun Two Weeks to Taxi off into a separate company, and will add additional models as market demand dictates, and TWTT is able to handle the workload. Another consideration is keeping in compliance with ...

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