Maintenance

Each one of our experimental aircraft is unique, but they share many systems which need maintenance. It has to be done regularly to keep the aircraft airworthy, and it must be done correctly. Builders and owners share knowledge and tips for saving money in the process.

Service Bulletin 72 for Sportsman and GlaStar Aircraft

Subject: Autopilots Cable Clamps Applicability: All Sportsman and GlaStar Aircraft Date: 7-11-14 Discussion: There have been several reports of slipping autopilot cables using the clamp system that is...

Shimmy Fix for Nose-Heavy GlaStars

Nose wheel shimmy can be a very destructive and difficult-to-diagnose problem in aircraft with free castering nose wheels. Here's a simple solution to this...

Sportsman Cage Replacement in Cameroon, Africa

Several years ago, Tom Needham – missionary pilot in Cameroon – experienced an unforeseen downdraft on final approach into one of the many villages...
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...

Aux Fuel Pump

One of my aux tank pumps stopped working, so I decided to remove it and take it apart. New pumps are not expensive but...
Engine disassembly

Engine Overhaul

As part of requirement to obtain my A&P certificate, I was to witness a few more engine overhauls, so I called Poplar Grove Airmotive...
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...

How I Lost 18 lb in One Day… Using the Earthx ETX680 Diet

My GlaStar has a Superior O-360 engine, Whirlwind GA200 propeller, heavy instrument panel, and leather interior so I stayed on the safe side and...
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Lightweight Custom Jack

Steve and I recently installed a set of Thomas Cox’s jack pads on our tricycle-gear GlaStar. These beautifully machined pads fit perfectly and will...
SilverHawk EX

Safety alert: Precision Airmotive Fuel Injection Servos

Attention All Owners of aircraft with Lycoming Fuel Injected Engines. Please read these safety alerts from Precision Airmotive. Hex plug 383493 coming loose from regulator cover. Service...
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