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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...

Differences and improvements in the Sportsman vs. GlaStar

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Two of our primary goals in the development of the Sportsman were to make it much easier to build and structurally stronger (so it...

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...

Cowl Piano Hinge

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A piano hinge for the cowl provides a sleek look with no visible fasteners on the outside. It takes a bit more work to...

Friesen Glasair Sportsman Takes to the Skies over Canada

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Finally, after over 3 years Sportsman kit #7091 left the ground. It flew really well and only needed minor trim adjustment. The airplane is fitted...

Easy Muffler Shroud

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This is an easy way to make a mold for a muffler shroud layup. I pegged a board which I clamped to the table of...

Flap Gap Seals Reduce Stall Speed

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One of my goals is to obtain as low of a stall speed as reasonably possible. Enlarging the wing and flap area and reducing...

Setzman N11YM Maiden Flight

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I conduct most of the Phase 1 initial flights on Sportsman aircraft that are born out of the TWTT program. Even though I am...

Transition Training Challenges

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Pilots who haven't started transition training into the Glastar or Sportsman should be prepared to encounter a few challenges that are quite common for...

Water Seal

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Water leaks and noise have been things I’ve wanted to solve for a long time. Once my Sportsman was painted, I taped some simple...