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First Quarter 2012 Flyer Available

The first quarter of 2012 Flyer is now available in the downloads section!

Don't miss Alan Negrin's article from the Mountain Flying series. It will keep you out of trouble when MSL and AGL numbers diverge. Follow Marc Cook's advice on how to keep the stress low on the engine and yourself by simplifying power management. 

In this issue: 

Taking Over, By Omar Filipovic
Basic Premises of Mountain Flying, By Alan Negrin
Grounding for Wingtip NAV Antennas, By Eric Hopkins
Power Management Simplified, By Marc Cook
Up-Sizing Main and Front Tires, By Dave Herridge
Paperless Medicals, By Omar Filipovic
New Zealand Air Adventure, By Bruce Wheaton and Kathy Reducka
Virginia and Smiley Creek Fly-ins
Smooth Lines, By Peter Aschenbrenner
Insurance Beat: Tools, By Scott “Sky” Smith
Builder Tips: Accessorize your Cockpit, By Kathy Sutton
Touch & Go: The Hits Keep Coming




by Omar Filipovic, Friday, 30 March 2012 04:29, Comments(0), read all
Fourth Quarter Flyer Available

The fourth quarter of 2011 Flyer is now available in the downloads section!

Thinking about an engine? You'll want to read Marc Cook's article describing the latest developments with engines, manufacturers and technology. And, of course, what kind of Flyer would it be without builders' tips?

More from this issue:

New Products: MGL Avionics Introduces New Com Radio
First Flights: Christian Stuessi and Heinz Stahli
Insurance Beat: Advanced Ratings: What Are They Good For? By Scott “Sky” Smith
Builder Tips: Keeping the Water Out, By Ted Setzer
Builder Tips: Snazz Points, By Ted Setzer
Avionics & Systems: Dynon SkyView AHRS Mounts, By Michael Sandling
Shop Talk: Safety In Jacking, By Dan Howe
Special Projects: Ted’s Amazing Lightweight Sportsman, By Ted Setzer; photos by Michael Henderson
Builder Tips: Control Stick Bushing Upgrade, By Marc Cook




by Omar Filipovic, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 07:49, Comments(0), read all
Membership Renewals

Membership Renewal

If your membership is up for renewal, please visit our handy-dandy renewal page.




by Omar Filipovic, Tuesday, 03 January 2012 07:11, Comments(0), read all
Two Weeks to Taxi Sportsman 2012 Price increase

Glasair Announces Two Weeks to Taxi Sportsman 2012 Price Increase of $9,000. Savings Offered.

SportsmanGlasair has announced a price increase for the TWTT Sportsman, but is offering savings on orders placed by November 30.

Due to increasing parts and raw material costs, Glasair is increasing the Two Weeks to Taxi Sportsman base model prices by $9,000 for 2012. However, they still have a limited number of delivery slots available in the first quarter of 2012 and are offering well-equipped Sportsman (see details below) for $159,999. Standard 2012 pricing for a Sportsman with these features and equipment would total over $190,000.

Each Sportsman is specially equipped with:
- Lycoming's High Performance 180 HP IO-360 Engine
- Hartzell's Most Advanced 74" 2 Blade Blended Airfoil Constant Speed Propeller
- State-of-the-Art VFR Glass Panel Cockpit
- High Quality White Paint and Stripes
- Deluxe Faux Leather Interior

Note: Orders must be placed by November 30th, 2011 and the aircraft completed in the Two Weeks to Taxi program before March 31st, 2012. Other restrictions apply.

You can also upgrade to a Carbon Fiber Sportsman for $9,999. This is an additional $5,000 discount off current pricing. The "Carbon" Sportsman offers an additional 150 lbs of useful load which increases typical useful load to an incredible 1,150 pounds. The Sportsman is convertible among tricycle, taildragger, float & ski configurations

Contact Harry Delong at 360-435-8533 x232 or harry.delong@glasairaviation.com for more information.




by Omar Filipovic, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 22:07, Comments(0), read all
Price of TWTT Sportsman to Increase After January 1, 2012

Glasair Sportsman

Price of TWTT Sportsman to Increase After January 1, 2012

Lycoming has notified Glasair that the price for an IO-390 engine is increasing from $34,500 to $37,300. An increase of $2,800, or over 8% more than this year's price, and Lycoming's other engine prices are increasing by similar amounts.

Glasair cannot absorb this cost increase and will be increasing the prices of the Two Weeks to Taxi aircraft by an equivalent amount. The good news is that they have a limited number of IO-390 engines due to be delivered by the end of the year. By ordering now for a 1st quarter 2012 Two Weeks to Taxi slot and pre-paying for your engine you will save at least $2,800. Glasair expects similar increases from other suppliers including Hartzell and Garmin, and those will be passed on to our customers as well.

Contact Harry Delong for more information at 360-435-8533 x232 or harry.delong@glasairaviation.com.




by Omar Filipovic, Saturday, 15 October 2011 02:51, Comments(0), read all
Excerpts from a short flight with John Lake in his GlaStar N484VM

Excerpts from a short flight with John Lake in his GlaStar N484VM
by Arlo Reeves

 

Video and editing: Arlo Reeves
Recorded on 10/1/2011 in Columbia, CA, at the 9th Annual Northern California GlaStar Fly-In.
Music: "Ricochet" by the David Grisman Quintet.

John Lake wanted to fly out and see a little of Melones reservoir on Saturday afternoon. It was getting time to be opening a beer, but if you're going to do any flying before the festivities, well, late afternoon is a fine time for it.  Chris Wills went up around the same time in his bright red Sportsman with Mike Meier. I found out last year on a similar flight with Michael Moss that the light at this time of day is very good, too.

The Sierra foothills around Columbia can be very warm in the summer by October the temperatures are very nice and we had sunny, warm-but-not-too-hot weekend there this year. The campground area is behind the row of aircraft seen on depature. While most of them are GlaStars or Sportsmen, some campers were not there for the fly-in.

As we taxi out, you can see a gaggle of folks around Dave Ammenti's Sportsman. Dave has spent hours with admirers of his beautiful Sportsman, patiently answering every question. John gives the group a wave with his door as we pass, but I'm noticing how little forward visibility there is with his large 8.5 tires. The windscreen crossbars provide an excellent hand hold for lifting yourself up to improve over the glare shield visibility. John's GlaStar is a TD with an O-360, a Hartzell prop, and a P-mag. We were pretty light and it had plenty of giddy up as you can tell by our climbout off the grass runway that parallels the campground area. He has a  VFR panel with a Dynon D-10A,  a Garmin GPSMAP296, IC-A200 comm radio, and a GRT engine monitor. The Dynon has the AOA option and displays an AOA chevron that John relies on more than his ASI when slow. That's what he's describing to me on downwind. He's very comfortable in the plane and can put it where he wants.

John commented that the Clarity aloft headset was initially purchased for flying at work but he found it was very comfortable on long Glastar trips while wearing hat and glasses. It greatly improves the clarity of radio transmissions and provides excellent noise attenuation. Over the years he's spent 1000s of dollars in search of the perfect headset. So far Clarity Aloft is his favorite.

The video was shot with a Canon T2i (550D) using a 15-85mm lens at 15mm in 1080 30p mode using auto exposure. It was brought into Final Cut Pro 7 on my Mac and stabilized with the SmoothCam filter. I backed off on the magnification so you can see the black edges of the frame wobble around a bit. Also, since the exposure mode was auto, the shutter speed was slow and you can see some blurring when it gets bumpy. It could use a little editing, but I actually found I liked the uninterrupted cut from downwind to shutdown better and just left it.




by Omar Filipovic, Friday, 07 October 2011 17:23, Comments(1), read all
Hillbillies Reunited: Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In

Hillbillies Reunited:

Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In

Thanks to all who flew to Columbia this year to for our Fly-In and Hillbilly Hoe-Down. It was great fun being there with you!

Eleven aircraft including 7 GlaStars & 4 Sportsmans flew in from as far as Park City UT to enjoy a weekend of perfect weather, good eats and great company. This was our first potluck in Columbia and we enjoyed a great feast that was flown in from all over: ribs, cheese grits, chicken wings, meatballs, baked beans, corn bread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, watermelon, salad, fresh home made bread, guacamole & chips, carrot cake, bread pudding & brownies. We really needed more time to eat it all!


Thanks to Bruce Heid of Prographics for his generous donation of custom GlaStar/Sportsman T-Shirts to our silent auction and raffle. Thanks also to Teri Ray for making custom embroidered T-Shirts and clubhouse decorations.

We get to know one another a little better as the years pass - and we still like each other. We were lucky to have Marc Cook weave a visit into his busy schedule between Green Challenge coverage and CHP motorcycle transition training events, and Chris Wills was joined by Mike Meier who now heads up hang glider maker Wills Wing. We're also lucky to have many talented builders including Dave Ammenti who we cajoled into bringing his Oshkosh Lindy Trophy in addition to the beautiful Sportsman he finished earlier this year. We're lucky to have such a good group.

See you next year for our California Dreamin' Fly-In at Columbia (think tie dye, surf duds & granola).

Arlo Reeves

 




by Omar Filipovic, Tuesday, 04 October 2011 03:06, Comments(0), read all
Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In

Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In

Join us at the Ninth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In on October 1-2 in the Gold Country town of Columbia, California, for an old-fashioned hillbilly hoe-down!

Meet the people that you have talked to on the GlaStarNet and check out some beautiful flying examples of our favorite aircraft. If you need an inspiration ride to get going on your project, we can make that happen too.

Columbia Glastar and Sportsman Fly-in, photo credit: Dave Ammenti

Charlie and Margaret Burton, who have organized and cooked the fabulous meals in the past, will not be cooking this year. To keep things simple, we'll have a group potluck dinner on Saturday night. If you know in advance what you're bringing to the potluck, let us know. Simple contributions like paper plates and bags of chips are always needed. Lunch and breakfast will be DIY, either in the fully-equipped clubhouse kitchen or in town.

Please RSVP with Arlo Reeves if you plan to attend so that we update the potluck list and have your name tags ready. Include the name of each person attending and your aircraft type (GlaStar or Sportsman) and N-number.

We are also accepting donations to our raffle prizes & silent auction. You probably have some spare parts or other potential gifts cluttering up your hangar that are just what your fellow pilot/builder is looking for. Your contribution will help make this ever-popular event even better this year.

See you in Columbia!

Arlo Reeves
glastarbuilder@gmail.com


More information can be found in this Forum thread.




by Omar Filipovic, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:28, Comments(0), read all
First Flight - Wolfgang Drahanowski

Wolfgang Drahanowski's Glastar Flies

After 11 1/2 years of building time, one more Glastar experimental aircraft (OE-VWD #5605) joined the flying fleet on Sunday, January 16 2011, at LOAN airport near Vienna/Austria.

More on Wolfgang's first flight in the Forum.

 




by Omar Filipovic, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:25, Comments(1), read all
BRS System Available for Sportsman and Glastar

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BRS System Available for Glastar & Sportsman

Through the efforts of GSAI member Chris Bowles, an engineered package system using off the shelf BRS components in a soft pack is available for Glastar and Sportsman aircraft.

The pack mounts behind the co-pilot seat underneath the wing fold hatch with the rocket pointing straight up through a client-installed acrylic window or aircraft fabric section in the hatch. The kevlar bridle harness attaches to the cabin frame at the two forward outboard weldment clusters and to the rear center cluster. The harness runs on the outside of the top deck and requires a slit in the top deck to enter the inside of the cabin. 

The cost of the system is just under $ 10,000 for an individual order and much less if a minimum of 5 orders are placed together, in the neighborhood of $8300.

The system is available for order now and Chris is collecting orders. See
this thread in the GNet Forum.




by Omar Filipovic, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 04:10, Comments(0), read all
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