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GlaStar towbar storage Click Bond mount

Tow-Bar Rack

Steve and I like to have a fairly organized baggage compartment. And what is more frustrating than trying to find your tow-bar when you...
Jacking the floats

Float Rigging Design & Maintenance, Part 2

In the first installment of this article, I conveyed information learned about the geometric design as well as the re-design of my floatplane rigging...
New glass installed. Note the 12" spun aluminum wheels and bead locks.

The “SuperStar”

Recently, I worked with a friend from San Diego after he purchased a GlaStar that had briefly flown. He wanted the GlaStar to undergo a complete make-over plus some upgrades.
Redesigned Sportsman float struts

Float Rigging Design & Maintenance, Part 1

I learned a lot about my Carbon Fiber Glasair Sportsman by building it in the factory two-weeks-to-taxi (TWTT) program, where it was initially put...
Cowl-piano-hinge

Cowl Piano Hinge

A piano hinge for the cowl provides a sleek look with no visible fasteners on the outside. It takes a bit more work to...

Are You a Safe Pilot?

Do you consider yourself a safe pilot? Why? When you make a flight in your GlaStar, Sportsman or other aircraft, what kinds of pre-flight...
Wing rotating jig

Wing Rotating Stand

These are some easily made (and cheap) wing stands I made to support my wings before and during painting. I used 90mm x 35mm...
Oil Cooler N11YM

Thoughts on Cooling

Oil cooler I did something a bit different with the oil cooler. Since we typically take the oil cooler air from behind cylinder #3 and...
Gap sealing tape

Scotch Electrical Tape for Sealing Gaps

I change the gear every float season so for sealing the gap between the gear leg and the fuselage I used a general purpose...
Muffler shroud

Easy Muffler Shroud

This is an easy way to make a mold for a muffler shroud layup. I pegged a board which I clamped to the table of...