It’s the Little Things

Since the first day I flew my GlaStar, the starter has caught, swung the prop to the next compression stroke, where it almost stopped,...

Clean and Simple

There’s an old engineer’s quote that says “Perfection in design comes not when there is nothing left to add, but rather, when there is...

In the Details

I often talk about how complicated failures can be traced back to some tiny, seemingly insignificant detail - and here’s a recent example from...

Building Means Buying

With winter on the way and all of the current airplanes inspected, maintained, and generally in flying condition, we’re once again finding time to...

I Know Better…

Always design for maintenance.

Keeping a Flight Test Mentality

It’s no secret that even though the GlaStar I’ve just acquired has been flying since 2002, I’m nevertheless in the process of making “upgrades”...

Day 3 with Charlie Echo

Remember what I said about weather working for or against you?

Day 2 with Charlie Echo

Sometimes the weather works with you and sometimes against you. I had one of those “with you” days Saturday. An early departure from Lewiston...

Day 1 with Charlie Echo

I’m sure there were good used homebuilts closer to me than N531CE, but this 2002 GlaStar is, in many respects, the right airplane for...
The whole High Sierra spread out to the north

It’s Different in the Jet

Let's face it - when flying a cross-country in an RV (or other higher-performance experimental single that isn't turbocharged), we like to think about...

In Case You Missed it

A Wood Tailwheel Lift

(Or how to save your achin back.)

Build Your Skills: Composites (Part 11)

Author Bob Fritz offers a middle way to paint your airplane yourself, without surrendering your first born or breaking the bank. Hint: Preparation and the right equipment are essential.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the relative merits of internal versus external antennas, after using his Glastar Sportsman 2+2 as a test bed. His conclusions have to do with both the material used to build the airplane as well as location of the antenna on the aircraft.

Unusual Attitude

The Dawn Patrol, led by Dick Starks, launches for Holden, Missouri, to witness the taxi test of an 80%-scale replica of a 1915 de Havilland DH-2. The unintended consequence of an innocent road trip leads Dick to consider becoming a repeat building offender.