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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.

GlaStar Rudder Trim

Submitted by Bill Wilson, GlaStar I developed a servo-driven electric rudder trim and installed in the GlaStar kit I started in August 1996. I won't...
GlaStar wing hat-section stiffener

Tips for Hat Sections in the GlaStar Wing

Hat section stiffener fitting: The hat section stiffeners have a joggle stamped into each end as they fit under the spar flange and then...

Measuring Catalyst

Submitted by Art Chard - Glasair FT When using an eye dropper to measure catalyst, hold the eye dropper vertically. If it is held horizontally...
GlaStar COM antenna placement forward of bulkhead B

GlaStar Antenna Installation Tips

Transponder ground plane: Make your aluminum ground plane for your transponder as large as possible for effective use. I placed mine under the pilot's...

Lycoming Oil Pressure Port

Submitted by Daniel Blumel, Glasair RG If you are experiencing high oil pressure readings, the problem may be a result of where the oil pressure...

Bucking Bars

This builder tip was submitted by Scott Gordon, kit #5031. I have noted over the last year comments about bucking bars in tight places. I...

Riveting the GlaStar Top Skins

Riveting on the top skins: I used saw horses, carefully set up, to support the wings instead of putting them back in the wing...
O-360, fixed pitch, Van's induction system and baffling. Photo: Martin Baumer

GlaStar Baffling Tips

Baffling: I used the Vans's RV-6 intake, carb air box, and baffling. I find them to work well and efficiently. I did have a...
Sportsman top deck. Photo: Zach Chase, Fibertech Composites

GlaStar Top Deck Installation Tips

Lifting eye slots: when laying out the dimensions for the lifting eye slots in the top deck, be sure to make an inside measurement...
GlaStar fuselage bonding process

GlaStar Fuselage Bonding Tips

Joining the fuselage halves: In addition to taping the belly and dorsal seam as per manual, I screwed tongue depressors (one #4 x 3/8...
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