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By Jack Dueck
Jack Dueck

Where has the year gone? The ground is covered with snow; temperatures are set at ‘sub-zero’; aircraft are hangared or tied down somewhere into frozen ground and we question, “do we really want to muscle up to go flying?” Oshkosh and Gatineau are memories. The emphasis today is on Christmas and the holidays of cheer and goodwill. Read more

But what a year it has been!

This spring we held three EAA SportAir Workshops in Canada: 

  1. Rob Erdos (Chief Test Pilot for the National Research Council of Canada) developed a course: “Test-Flying and Developing the POH for Your Homebuilt.” Rob made a complex subject easy and each student received a CD with a program into which the test data could be entered and the program did the math, producing the finished information. If you are coming to the “flight test” stage of your homebuilt, or if you want to develop a specific, accurate, and meaningful POH for your homebuilt, consider this excellent resource.

Rob Erdos
Rob Erdos (on right) with Vintage Wings’ P-40

  1. Phil Ward (AME for Ken Boric Air) again taught his excellent maintenance and inspection course for those of us who sign out our own homebuilt’s annual condition inspection release. Phil uses the course materials, tools, and students to complete an actual annual inspection on an aircraft.

  2. The third course taught was the annual favourite “Sheet Metal Basics.”

Plans are underway for additional workshops this year, including Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and Electrics and Avionics. If you are interested in any of these six workshops, please contact the writer at CGYRV@yahoo.com. Courses will be offered based on the interest received.

Electrics workshop
Bill Reed (Centre) Instructing Electrics/Avionics

Then came Oshkosh. What an incredible air show and convention considering the impossible weather conditions. EAA staff and volunteers alike combined superhuman efforts to “make it work,” and the EAA culture and the morale of the participants carried the day.

This year at AirVenture, Canada and Canadians found themselves represented as a separate Special Interest entity, and similar to ultralights, homebuilts, and EAA chapters, we now have an opportunity to grow into our own. Volunteers will be recognized and rewarded for their commitments. Programs and facilities will be planned, and our members will be able to meet, greet, and show our colours.

Gatineau: Again the weather wreaked havoc with planned aircraft flights from the West. Several members from our EAA Chapter 1410 High River found they had to detour to Reno for the races. (Probably not a bad second choice for a rain check!) 

In any event, Gatineau was great:

  1. A great opportunity to meet folks from across the nation and from our two cultures.
  2. A great learning experience.
  3. A great opportunity to associate with the prestigious Vintage Wings of Canada.
  4. A great opportunity to take part in the Battle of Britain ceremony.
  5. A great first start for an annual Canadian EAA National Fly-in.

Vintage Wings’ Lysander

Our new EAA President and CEO, Rod Hightower, expressed his disappointment at not being able to attend this inaugural fly-in. His time schedule simply could not be stretched, but his firm instructions to us were that we should not forget to invite him to next year’s Gatineau. 

Gatineau 2011 will build on our 2010 experiences. And in addition, the Snowbirds will be performing as part of the Vintage Wings Airshow extravaganza. Don’t miss it!

And if you missed it, EAA’s excellent aircraft insurance plan has now been extended to Canadian members. (See C-PLAN in this month’s issue).

So as you and yours enjoy this Christmas season, may you be blessed and may the New Year reward you with peace, joy, and goodwill.


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