If you're building a Glasair Sportsman, you have the choice of a 180-HP IO-360 or the beefier IO-390. Which engine is best? It depends? In this video, Kitplanes Magazine editor Marc Cook analyzes the pros and cons.
Glasair: Build an airplane in two weeks
Glasair's "Two Weeks To Taxi" program has been approved by the FAA. Pilots
can now build their own experimental category "homebuilt" aircraft with the
help of Glasair technicians inside of two weeks vacation time.
Van's Aircraft Factory Tour
Van's Aircraft, in Aurora, Oregon, is the leading aircraft kit manufacturer
for a reason. The company retains its dedication to total performance--from
the aircraft, to the kit itself to customer service. KITPLANES editor Marc
Cook recently visited the factory and here's his report.
Aircraft Emergency And Landing in a Glasair - the impossible turn ???
My Glasair engine is a Subaru SVX EG-33. Six bearings in the planetary
speed reduction unit failed during departure. I declared an in-flight
emergency and immediately returned for landing. Total flight time was 63
I failed to plug the camera mike in so you don't hear the engine monitor
blaring out alarms or chatter between other pilots and myself.
Departure was made with 10 degrees of flaps and remained there until
landing with 25 degrees. The buzzer during much of the flight is the "gear
up" with "flaps extended" warning horn ... the stall horn never sounded.
Speed did drop but the flight never reached critically low speed. Power
was intentionally reduced to keep gearbox temps down. I fly patrol flights
at 500 ft or less, often 6 to 7 hrs a day. So I do have low level
maneuvering experience. Some may call this the impossible turn but power
was available during the entire flight.
A Sarcastic View of Pattern Flying
Why is it that student pilots are being taught to fly traffic patterns that
would be too large for even a Boeing 777? AVweb's Paul Bertorelli explores
the question in this not-so-gentle but humorous video. Viewer discretion
Rolls Royce Turbine Engine For Small Planes
A 300+ hp (flat rated) turbine that weighs well under 300 pounds designed
for small general aviation aircraft. Is this what the high-end piston
market has been waiting for? Pilots may be asking, and Mooney may have an
Aviation news at http://www.avweb.com
MT Reversing Prop on PA-18 Super Cub with IO-360
A short clip of a landing at a remote strip near Anchorage with a Piper
PA-18 (SuperCub) powered by Lycoming IO-360 and using the MT composite
propeller with Reversing option installed. www.Flight-Resource.com and
www.ProfessionalPilots.com provided the prop and STC for this installation.
Kitplanes Magazine Looks at The Sherpa
Kitplanes Magazine contributor Ed Kolano took a first look at the Sherpa
utility aircraft at the Arlington Airshow recently. This video offers some
thoughts on flying this unique heavy hauler.