Flying

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.

Pilot logbook cover

LODA

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...
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)...
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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...
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...
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...

Vapor Lock Causes Trouble Over Water

This cautionary tale was submitted by Al Lange. After 4 years and 6,000 hours in construction, two long-time pilots were finally on the way to...
Bill Yamokoskis GlaStar in flight.

GlaStar Required Nose-up Trim

This tip was provided by Craig O’Neill , Stoddard-Hamilton. Several folks mentioned having difficulty trimming out the required back pressure at 60 knots down final....

Testing the Airspeed Indicator

While flying off your test time, why not check your airspeed gauge? A simple, somewhat accurate way, if you have access to GPS, is...

Spins in a GlaStar

I did my required spin training for the instructor's rating in the second, demo GlaStar. (Learned to fly in a Luscombe, didn't enjoy spinning...
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