The Sportsman and GlaStar are docile and feel at home on short back-country strips. The flying techniques shared by others make us better pilots.

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Glasair Aviation announced recently that the company received a LODA (Letter of Deviation Authority) to conduct flight training in their experimental aircraft. A LODA authorizes...
Chuck Yeager in front of the Bell X-1. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Are You a Test Pilot?

Who do you think of when you hear the term, ‘Test Pilot’? I’d bet many, if not most of you, think first of Chuck...
FAA Advisory Circular 90-109A

Advisory Circular: How to Stay Safe in Unfamiliar Aircraft

New AC advises pilots on how to stay safe in unfamiliar aircraft Experimental airplane flights represent only a small component of total general aviation (GA)...

Wolfgang Drahanowski’s GlaStar Flies

After 11 1/2 years of building time, one more Glastar experimental aircraft (OE-VWD #5605) joined the flying fleet on Sunday, January 16 2011, at...

Spinning the GlaStar

When I heard that Arnie Clarke had been doing some spin testing on his GlaStar I asked him to write about it for us....
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Flying In Poor Weather

The GlaStar is such a fine, stable airplane flying slowly that it opens up some interesting possibilities for poor weather flying. Have you thought...
Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Matt Freeman’ s GlaStar Accident in Alaska

I spoke with Matt Freeman this morning--he and his daughter are fine. Matt has a GlaStar taildragger with large, 26" tundra tires and likes...

GlaStar N533WW Down in Utah

Bill Wilson left Cheyenne accompanied by an RV-4 headed for a fuel stop at Wendover, UT. The agreement was to fly at 10,500 and...
Dave Hulse landing his GlaStar

Landings in a GlaStar Without That “Sinking Feeling”

On December 13th, 1994, Tom Hamilton (idea man extraordinaire, designer, and head of the design team for the GlaStar) handed me the keys to...
NASA artist's rendering of a microburst.

Caught by Downdraft on Short Final

This report was submitted by Gary Bennett. I am sad to report that our Glastar N241GS flipped forward on to its back and sustained major...