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Tweaking a GlaStar/Sportsman Wing and Tail

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GlaStar and Sportsman planes are remarkable in how well they fly and how consistently they come out especially considering they are usually built by...

The “SuperStar”

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Recently, I worked with a friend from San Diego after he purchased a GlaStar that had briefly flown. He wanted the GlaStar to undergo a complete make-over plus some upgrades.

Sportsman Service Bulletin #74 – Fuselage Tail Cone Damage

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Glasair Aviation published a service bulletin to address crushed or delaminated portions of the tail cone near the aft tailwheel bracket. The SB is...

Sportsman Service Bulletin 074

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Applicability: Glasair Sportsman GS-2; Taildragger configuration: 7000-7450; All other configurations: 7300-7450. Rev. B is the second corrected version published on 4/19/2018, and it includes the bill...

GlaStar and Sportsman Tail Section Tips

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Counterweight fabrication: A local homebuilder showed me a way to construct a counterweight, and it's much simpler than cutting up the lead sheet. First,...

Glasair Tail Light Mounting Block

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The instructions for the Glasair call for the cutting of 2 small triangle shaped pieces of aluminum and bonding them in and then drilling...

GlaStar and Sportsman Rudder Construction Tips

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Tip fairing: You may need to cut the rear of the rudder tip fairing off if it is too long and glass on a...

Elevator Building Tips for the GlaStar and Sportsman

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Keeping twist out of the aft elevator partial spar: There is a discontinuity between the aft edges of the elevator respective to each end...

Horizontal Stabilizer Building Tips for the GlaStar and Sportsman

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Building a horizontal stabilizer jig: We got the full kit Jan 2nd (1996). Got it home without incident. There was a key part on...