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How-to and Builder Tips

No need to reinvent the wheel every time. Tips and hints for builders and owners constructing and maintaining aircraft.

Glasair Engine Cooling

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These mods have been documented in the past but mainly on Sportsmans and GlaStars. I want to add that the Glasair with its tight...

Partially Collapsed Retractable Gear

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I had an unfortunate incident in preparation for the first flight. While conducting a high speed taxi test, my nose wheel started to shimmy...

Trimming Doors

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I installed one of my doors today and I found a method that helped mark the door for trimming. I’m not sure if someone...

Changing the GlaStar Seat Back Angle

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Whenever my wife has me drive her car, I always have to adjust the seat since she’s 5’-2”. That includes adjusting the seat back...
Cooling ramps improve airflow

Cooling Ramps

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These are cowling inlet ramps that help significantly with keeping cylinder head temperatures down during extended climbs in hot weather. They can be ordered...

Baffle Seals

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Good baffle seals are critical if the airplane is to spend time hanging on the prop at full throttle. These are AMS3320-spec glass-reinforced silicone, using...

Taming the Tail Wheel Shimmy

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Written by Will Fox, Technical Counselor, EAA Chapter 691, Los Alamos, New Mexico Ever had a tail wheel shimmy on you? If you haven’t, consider...

Glasair Control Stick Clearance Tips

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Q: I am having trouble installing the control stick into the control yoke. A: Sand the black powder coating off the control stick where it...
Custom molded heated pitot tube by Eric Jones

Streamlined Heated Pitot Tube

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Want a unique pitot tube? Follow these instructions from Eric Jones and build a custom heated pitot tube. Eric Jones can be reached via his...

Marking Electrical Wires and Connectors

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This couple of tips for marking electrical connections from builder Roy Kokenge might save you some time when you are doing your wiring. Dye for connectors:...