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Float Rigging Design & Maintenance, Part 2

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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

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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

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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

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SUBJECT: Operating Limitations on Floats

Flight to Aniakchak Volcano

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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

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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

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

GlaStar on Zenair Floats

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Written by Bill Bracken This is my 2010 Glastar on Zenair amphibious floats which I completed over the last 18 months. The first flight took...

Zenair Announces 2500# Floats for GlaStar and Sportsman Aircraft

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Because customers have been asking for them, Zenair has been developing a 2500 pound float kit for the GlaStar and Sportsman aircraft. The work...