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

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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...

GlaStar N533WW Down in Utah

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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...
Tom Flemming's GlaStar on landing. (Photo: Dave Prizio)

Tail-Low Wheel Landings

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I have written several times about the long-standing debate over three-point versus wheel landings in tailwheel equipped airplanes. Of course the debate has been...
Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Matt Freeman’ s GlaStar Accident in Alaska

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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...
Right rudder, right rudder, right rudder...

Transition Training Challenges

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Pilots who haven't started transition training into the Glastar or Sportsman should be prepared to encounter a few challenges that are quite common for...

Wolfgang Drahanowski’s GlaStar Flies

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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...
Martin Baumer taking off from Boeing Field

Normal Takeoffs in a GlaStar

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Want a wonderful way to start the day? It's amazing thinking about what it took to get you here, ready to fly your GlaStar. Congratulations! You...

Are You a Safe Pilot?

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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...
FAA Advisory Circular 90-109A

Advisory Circular: How to Stay Safe in Unfamiliar Aircraft

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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)...
Crosswind Component Chart

Crosswinds in a GlaStar

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On a very windy, gusty Saturday Bill Janes and I flew to a nearby airport to attend an EAA Chapter meeting. Because I learned...