STODDARD-HAMILTON is flight-testing the GlaStar kitplane in tail-wheel configuration, having completed more than 170h flying with tricycle gear. The two-seat GlaStar, is designed to be easily convertible, between tricycle, tail-wheel, float and ski landing gear.

The Arlington, Washington based company has begun shipping tail and wing kits. Several of around 200 GlaStar kits so far sold are tail-dragger models. Conversion between tricycle and tail-wheel gear is expected to take about 2h.

The aircraft is designed for easy transport and storage. Folding the wings takes about 4min, and removing the horizontal tail for road transport is expected to take around 10min, Stoddard-Hamilton says.

Source: Flight International