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GSSL 21: Sportsman Float Operations

Subject: Operating limitations on floats  Applicability: All Sportsman aircraft operated on floats  Discussion: This service letter serves as the official statement of operating limitations for the...

A New Water Rudder Design

Although I have greatly enjoyed my Sportsman’s amphibious floats (Clamar 2500’s) over the past 9 years, there have been a few issues that have...

Float Rigging Design & Maintenance, Part 2

In the first installment of this article, I conveyed information learned about the geometric design as well as the re-design of my floatplane rigging...

Float Rigging Design & Maintenance, Part 1

I learned a lot about my Carbon Fiber Glasair Sportsman by building it in the factory two-weeks-to-taxi (TWTT) program, where it was initially put...

Trevor Berg’s Sportsman on Floats

Here are a few postcards from Trevor Berg and his Sportsman on floats. These are some of my favourite because they are all taken on...

GlaStar Service Letter 004

SUBJECT: Operating Limitations on Floats

Flight to Aniakchak Volcano

Norm Van Vactor recorded this video of a flight to Aniakchak Volcano in his Sportsman on floats. Some beautiful shots! https://vimeo.com/175569728

GlaStar 540 on Amphibious Floats Project

The goal of this project was to get into (and out of!) the many high alpine lakes around Vancouver BC. While a Super Cub...

Ventral Fin for Yaw Stability

Most components added to a plane forward of the center of lift usually have a negative effect on directional stability (other than canards perhaps)....

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