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How to & Builder Tips

Ever wonder how to make a certain part with fiberglass or sheet metal? Or fix an oil leak? These tips can guide you and reduce the amount of head-scratching.

Superior XP-400 piston. Top two are compression rings and the bottom is the oil control ring.

Engine Break-in

Break-in of an engine refers primarily to the initial phase of operation in which the piston rings will "seat" against the cylinder walls. Run-in refers...
McFarlane Vernier Assist Controls

Vernier-Assist Throttle Control

I struggled with the ACS throttle control cable on N11YM for the first 82 hours. I had two issues: The throttle control was too...

California Custom Metal Polish PIREP

California Custom makes two products of interest to some of us crazy enough to think we want polished aluminum surfaces on our GlaStar or...
Rigging jig used to hold the right control stick in a vertical orientation.

Sportsman Aileron Rigging Process Improvement

During the process of final-rigging of the ailerons in our early-model Sportsman it became abundantly clear that a very small number of improvements to...

Wrap School

I have found that wrapping the airplane can be quite frustrating but I’m learning a lot. I've been testing 3M 1080 wrap and the Avery...

Switching from Hartzell Blended Airfoil to a Trailblazer Propeller

I changed the propeller on my Sportsman from a 74” Hartzell Blended Airfoil (HC-C2YR-1BFP/F7497) to 76” Trailblazer composite (HC-C2YR-1NX/NG8301-7X1). These are my learnings and first...

Assembling Sportsman Flaps Without Helpers

Written by Lee Ryberg I didn't have any helpers like the manual warns for bending and drilling the top skins for the flaps since they...

Windshield Installation “Bush Fix” When Clecos Run Out

At one point during the installation of our windshield it became clear that we needed an additional wingnut cleco - the windshield simply wasn't conforming to the shape of the fuselage joggle as well as expected. We had exhausted our supply of wingnut clecos, so what were we to do?

Converting from On-Off to an Andair Fuel Valve

For anyone that has the original, on-off, fuel valve, and might be thinking of changing to a newer style valve, here’s a brief overview...

GlaStar Wing Folding

For a taildragger, folding the wing is an accident waiting to happen. Mess up and you will damage the airplane like I did. I...
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