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...
Glasair RG on airport ramp

Airport Requirements and Insurance

We've seen an increase in the insurance requirements that airports are imposing on tenants. These requirements used to be just to have the airport...
A GlaStar wing under construction.

Builder’s Risk Insurance – Protection for the Parts

When a person decides to build an aircraft, there are many questions that they need to ask. Of course there are the normal kit...
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...

Ferrying Sportsman N124MK Back to the U.S.

After having a 66-gallon Turtlepac ferry bladder installed (which allows a single stop on the southern tip of Greenland or other alternates) in the back and testing its functioning, we were fully ready, including appropriate insurance coverage and the requested permits from the UK, Denmark (for Greenland) and Canada.

Bike Contortions

I got to wondering if my full-sized mountain bike would fit in the back of my Sportsman. After trying a few different methods I...

Glasair Aviation Offering Free Aft Seat Option at Oshkosh 2015

In celebration of AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, Glasair Aviation is adding the aft seat option to any Two Weeks To Taxi Sportsman order placed before...

EarthX Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries

I recently became aware of a great battery alternative for Glasair owners. Here is the statement from their website. About EarthX “EarthX, Inc. is a US...

First Aid Kit for Small Aircraft

As some of us were sitting around the campfire at Smiley Creek this year, the conversation turned to first aid supplies. Since my day...

Second First Flight

To fly above the earth, all alone, what a rush! This was my second first flight of my GlaStar. The first one went without a...