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.

Trimming Doors

I installed one of my doors today and I found a method that helped mark the door for trimming. I’m not sure if someone...

Keeping Oil Temperatures Low

Sorting out the oil temperature issues and CHT temperature spread was a bit of a challenge. Extended climbs during Sydney summers had to be...
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...
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 nose wheel bearings. Photo: Arlo Reeves.

Wheel Bearings

I was concerned about the salty sand we landed on in Baja corroding my wheels, so I rinsed them off and went flying, but...

Same Wheelpants, Bigger Wheels?

Since I'm due soon for another set of tires I was wondering if the 380-150x5, (basically a 6.00x5), would fit into my wheel pants...

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...
Sportsman fuel sender unit

How Much Fuel Do We Have?

We occasionally get a sticky fuel sending unit and have come up with a few minor adjustments to the Stewart Warner fuel sending units...
Glastar scissor jack

Lightweight Jack

In a GAOA newsletter a few years ago there were pictures and a description of an aluminum L-bracket that could be bolted on the...

Taming the Tail Wheel Shimmy

Written by Will Fox, Technical Counselor, EAA Chapter 691, Los Alamos, New Mexico Ever had a tail wheel shimmy on you? If you haven’t, consider...