Gear Jack


I built this custom jack for changing the wheels and brakes on a GlaStar. I welded an extension on the end of a regular cheap auto parts hydraulic jack that fits on the axle. I had to grind the regular jack point slightly to keep from marring the gear leg fairing. It works great and does not…

Only current members have access to this content.
Log In Register
Previous articleMarc’s Sportsman: The Trim Saga
Next articleGlaStar Gear Leg Dampers
Chris Wills
I am a retired orthopaedic surgeon and have been involved in things aviation all my life. I first designed and built a biplane glider as a sophomore in high school out of broomsticks and brown wrapping paper (that was doped), held together by bailing wire and flew in it towed behind a pickup truck on an asphalt road lined by high tension powerlines – having never had any flying lessons. That was my safe introduction to flight. As a senior in high school, I got school credits for building an airplane of Spruce and chrome molly with a Volkswagen engine (that my parents would not let me fly – after a somewhat late realization that I might possibly get hurt). I then started hang gliding with bamboo and plastic gliders progressing to aluminum and Dacron and started WillsWing Inc. hang gliding manufacturing company. I have built several ultralight type experimental aircraft, a GlaStar, and now a Sportsman that I fly regularly. (My parents never did figure out how to stop my aviation drive.)