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”

On December 13th, 1994, Tom Hamilton (idea man extraordinaire, designer, and head of the design team for the GlaStar) handed me the keys to...
Right rudder, right rudder, right rudder...

Transition Training Challenges

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...
Werner Schneider flying his GlaStar in Switzerland

Climbs in a GlaStar

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...

Glasair I – Still Strong After 20 Years

Submitted by Jeff Wernli V.P. Sales & Marketing, Stoddard-Hamilton As we come toward the end of Stoddard- Hamilton’s 20th year anniversary, l thought it would be...
Martin Baumer taking off from Boeing Field

Normal Takeoffs in a GlaStar

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...

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...
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...

How I Pranged my Sportsman

It was Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, and I was on a flight from my airport in Richland, WA, direct to Nehalem Bay State at...
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)...

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....