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Tweaking a GlaStar/Sportsman Wing and Tail

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GlaStar and Sportsman planes are remarkable in how well they fly and how consistently they come out especially considering they are usually built by...

Build Your Own Auxiliary Fuel Tanks

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Soon after purchasing my GlaStar, N757C, from her original owner and builder I contacted Glasair Aviation and inquired about the price of factory-built auxiliary...
Chris Wills with the GlaStar (left) and Sportsman he built.

GlaStar versus Sportsman: How do they really stack up?

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I now have about 800 hours in three separate Sportsman planes and about 800 hours in GlaStars, so I feel I am in a...
sportsman nosewheel lift

Sportsman Nosewheel Lift

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My trip to Alaska spurred me to look for ways to increase the prop-to-ground clearance of my Sportsman. Since increasing the size of the...
glastar fuel tank

Fuel Tank Testing

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To be sure a fuel tank has no leaks it is best to test it with a solvent-type fluid colored with dye. This will...
Cracked Sportsman nosegear bushing

Sportsman Nose Gear Bushing Inspection

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When performing an annual inspection on the Sportsman nose gear, be sure to take a close look at the condition of the shock bushings. The...
GlaStar towbar storage Click Bond mount

Tow-Bar Rack

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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

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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”

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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

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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...