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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.

Sportsman window installed with Silpruf. Photo: Randi Ernst.

GlaStar and Sportsman Window Installation

Mask off the front and back of the window to approx. 1.5" of the edge. (Blue 3M 2" tape) Trim perimeter of window to fit...
GlaStar horizontal stabilizer spars and ribs

Horizontal Stabilizer Building Tips for the GlaStar and Sportsman

Building a horizontal stabilizer jig: We got the full kit Jan 2nd (1996). Got it home without incident. There was a key part on...
GlaStar rudder in the construction jig

GlaStar and Sportsman Rudder Construction Tips

Tip fairing: You may need to cut the rear of the rudder tip fairing off if it is too long and glass on a...

Baffle Seals

Good baffle seals are critical if the airplane is to spend time hanging on the prop at full throttle. These are AMS3320-spec glass-reinforced silicone, using...
Roll servo located under the copilot seat.

S-TEC 30 Installation for GlaStar

Parts not supplied by S-TEC: Two pulleys MS 20219-4 Two bolts AN 4-23 (to replace the existing forward aileron pulleys bolts) Location of sub-assemblies Turn coordinator/roll...
GlaStar elevator construction start

Elevator Building Tips for the GlaStar and Sportsman

Keeping twist out of the aft elevator partial spar: There is a discontinuity between the aft edges of the elevator respective to each end...
Cooling ramps improve airflow

Cooling Ramps

These are cowling inlet ramps that help significantly with keeping cylinder head temperatures down during extended climbs in hot weather. They can be ordered...
Glastar wing strut attach point cover

Paul Sather’s Neat GlaStar Innovations

Paul Sather has some neat innovations in his GlaStar.
Cooling baffles

Baffles Reduce Cylinder Temperatures

This is a technical tip for the cylinder baffling modifications we’ve come up with for the IO-360 and IO-375 engines. The windows in front...
GlaStar electric trim installation

GlaStar Electric Elevator Trim

The major benefit electric trim gives in my opinion (if you put the switch on the stick) is that it keeps the main flight...