If you ever thought about installing a larger cargo door for your GlaStar, now is your chance to do it.
When the Glasair factory was developing the Sportsman, they tested a GlaStar with a large rear door to Sportsman structural loads and it passed with flying colors. Recently Ted Setzer, Glasair's R&D guru visited a builder in Africa and helped him install a large rear door on his GlaStar, and now Ted is proposing to build a retrofit kit for an enlarged rear door for existing GlaStars. The story about this mod is in the 4th Quarter 2012 GSAI Flyer.
Think of the possibilities - jump seat passengers, easy access for dogs, easy loading of baggage and folding bikes, and even your back will thank you.
Fourth Quarter of 2012 Flyer available for downloading
Mind-blowing mods on a Sportsman at the hands of Glasair's R&D man, Ted Setzer, all in an effort to reduce weight and create a sandbar monster. Then, even more from Ted as he rips open the side of a GlaStar and installs a full-sized door instead of the cargo door. Alan Negrin begins a series on first flights and safe testing, and Tom Kuffel has an idea for a low-cost fuel transfer controller. Finally, if you are scratching your head trying to figure out how to mount engine controls below the carb, Tom Osborne has you covered.
In this issue:
Ted’s Excellent Adventure, By Ted Setzer
Sportsman Nosegear Bushing Inspection, By Ted Setzer
Are you a Test Pilot? By Alan Negrin
Lightweight Jack, By Greg Allman
Fuel Transfer Controller–Lower Cost Version, By Tom Kuffel
First Flight: Bracken GlaStar On Zenair Floats, By Bill Bracken
Special Introductory Pricing on Superior-Powered Sportsman: $154,995
The Sportsman can be equipped with a choice of:
Superior's High Performance 180 HP or 215 HP Engine
Hartzell, MT or Sensenich Propeller
State-of-the-Art VFR or IFR Glass Panel Cockpit
Standard or Custom Paint
Deluxe Faux Leather Interior
Standard Fiberglass or Carbon Fiber
Base price for the Superior-Powered Sportsman is $179,995. Order by Dec 21st and receive the special introductory price of $154,995 - a $25,000 saving over the regular price. The Sportsman is convertible among tricycle, taildragger, float & ski configurations. Note: Orders must be placed by Dec 21st and the aircraft completed in the Two Weeks to Taxi program before June 30th, 2013. Other restrictions apply.
Third Quarter of 2012 Flyer Available in the Downloads Section
The summer is over and the season of fly-ins with it. GSAI members enjoyed several get-togethers and even got to wear wigs! We've got a few member-submitted tips ranging from an extended baggage compartment to preventing bugs from entering the small, but important holes on your airplane. Sky Smith gives us an update on the insurance markets and Ted Setzer is at it again with modifications.
In this Issue:
GSAI Flight Deck: Group Purchase
Events: Columbia Fly-In 2012, By Arlo Reeves and Chris Wills
Builder Tips: Extended Baggage Compartment, By Lou Nathanson
Member Spotlight: NASA Hall of Fame, By Chris Wills
Destinations: Back-Country Safari, By Alan Negrin
Insurance: Personal Service and Group Experience, By Scott “Sky” Smith
Events: Oshkosh 2012, By Dan Dudley
Events: Colorado Fly-in, By Charles Grauer
Skunkworks: Aft-Facing Seat Sportsman Retrofit, By Ted Setzer
Builder Tips: Bug Plug, By Dj Merrill
Builder Tips: Curved Surface Jig, By Charles Grauer
Builder Tips: Accessorize Your Cockpit, By Kathy Sutton
Products: Insultherm Wire Sleeve, By Howard Plevyak
California Dreamin' Fly-In on Oct 6-7, Like Totally, Dude!
Join us at the Tenth Annual Northern California GlaStar & Sportsman Fly-In on October 6-7 in the Gold Country town of Columbia, California, for a little California Dreamin'! Wear your tie-dye, board shorts, and flip-flops!
This is a popular gathering of GlaStars & Sportsmans at one of California's nicest public fly-in facilities. It boasts a sweet airport campground and clubhouse next to a well preserved Gold Rush town. The 30th Annual "Fiddle & Bango and Chili Cook-Off" also takes place in town on Saturday this year. 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.
Please RSVP to Arlo Reeves by October 1 via e-mail if you plan to attend so that we can have name tags ready for you and your guests. Include the name of each person attending and your aircraft type (GlaStar or Sportsman) and N-number. Do you have any suggestions for a short workshop on the flightline? Do you want to share a special flying story after dinner? We'd love to incorporate that into the program. We are also accepting donations for our raffle prizes; your contribution will help make this ever-popular event even better this year.
We’ve created a Google Map showing several points of interest including several described above. It will answer many questions and provide custom driving directions.
The second quarter of 2012 Flyer is now available in the downloads section!
Erich Häberle flew his Sportsman across the US, then across the Atlantic ocean. His account of the flight is our main feature in this issue.
Mountain flying is a fascinating topic, especially when you have access to the Glastar and Sportsman aircraft that perform beautifully in such terrain, so we follow up on Alan Negrin's Mountain Flying article with articles from Tom Kuffel and Werner Schneider.
The $100 hamburger is passé. Arlo Reeves shows us what he does with his GlaStar.
In this issue:
GSAI Flight Deck: Fly-in Season By Omar Filipovic
In Focus: Crossing the Atlantic in a Sportsman By Erich Häberle
Mission: Astronomy Annular Eclipse — A Sunday Afternoon Glastar Outing By Arlo Reeves
Flying Technique: Safe Flying in the Alps By Werner Schneider
Flying Technique: Box-Canyon Turns Revisited By Tom Kuffel
What’s New: Garmin’s GLO for Aviation Events: Smiley Creek 2012 Fly-In By Alan Negrin
Builder Tips: Sticks and Grips By Peter Aschenbrenner
Builder Tips: Springs Prevent Tailwheel Shimmy By Michael Kamber
New Products: Cargo Pod, Gear, and Seats for the Sportsman
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
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