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Tweaking a GlaStar/Sportsman Wing and Tail

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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