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.

Dave Hulse landing his GlaStar

Landings in a GlaStar Without That “Sinking Feeling”

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On December 13th, 1994, Tom Hamilton (idea man extraordinaire, designer, and head of the design team for the GlaStar) handed me the keys to...
Werner Schneider flying his GlaStar in Switzerland

Climbs in a GlaStar

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I marvel at the feel and authority of the GlaStar in a climb, especially at slow airspeeds. Let's look at a normal climb, best...
Stall warning vane

GlaStar Stall Warning

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I think a stall warning indicator (SWI) or angle of attack indicator can be an important safety aid if the danger of entering an...

Spinning the GlaStar

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When I heard that Arnie Clarke had been doing some spin testing on his GlaStar I asked him to write about it for us....
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...
Photo: Bidgee [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

Flying In Poor Weather

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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

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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...
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...
Chuck Yeager in front of the Bell X-1. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Are You a Test Pilot?

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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...