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Homebuilt pilot collects 100 speed records

homebuiltSteve Wood, editor of, has reached 100 world records in his homebuilt GlaStar. Eleven of the records are awaiting verification. The records were set at speeds of 121 to 139 knots, except for one set at 160 knots.

The last 11 records were all set on the same day in April on one nonstop flight from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Nassau, Bahamas, and return on an IFR flight plan. His five-hour flight included a lengthy climb to 11,000 feet so he could start the records from the cruising altitude.

Wood said he believes he is first pilot to set 100 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world records in an FAA-registered homebuilt aircraft. Prior to the April flight, Wood had set 90 FAI world records, all of which have been ratified. These include 52 records involving the Bahamas, including a transcontinental record from Freeport to San Diego.

Wood has also set 268 British National aviation records, the greatest number by any pilot in aviation history.

The records are all in Class C-1b, which is the weight category for a GlaStar. There was only one exception where he set an absolute record in Class C1, which is the class for airplanes of any weight.

Alton Marsh
Alton K. Marsh
Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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