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By Jack Dueck
Jack Dueck

If you’ve been flying much lately, you’ve likely been astounded at the cost of gasoline. Perhaps it’s time to consider a supplemental type certificate (STC) for using auto fuel in your aircraft. We’ll tell you how. Plus, the story of the Badass Invader from the Republic of Manitoba. And the Vintage Wings Lysander restoration goes Hollywood! Those subjects are just some of what you’ll find in this issue of Bits and Pieces.

STCs for Auto Fuel
If you’ve been flying or for that matter driving much lately, you’ve been astounded at the cost of gasoline. Perhaps it’s time to consider an STC for using auto fuel in your aircraft. After all, we can be saving as much as 40 cents per litre. At that rate, we can amortize the cost of the STC in fairly short order. Read more

Yellow Wings Across Canada
No matter where you live in Canada, Vintage Wings “Yellow Flight” will be winging its way near you on their cross-country celebration of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan that taught some 50,000 pilots to fly in just under four short years. Find out how to follow “Yellow Flight” throughout the year. Read more 

The Official Opening of the Silver Dart Display in Trenton
The National Air Force Museum of Canada (Trenton, Ontario) celebrated Canada’s National Aviation Day by officially opening the Silver Dart display. This beautiful full-scale replica of John McCurdy’s Silver Dart, the first powered aircraft to fly in Canada, February 23, 1909, was crafted by Ed Lubitz and Mark Taylor of Bright, Ontario. This is the same plane that visitors saw at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Read more

Badass Invader From the Republic of Manitoba
Many of the warplanes have left their unique wartime signatures on the skies over Canada. And the twin-engine, medium bombers are no exception. The B-25 Mitchell, the B-26 Marauder, the A-20 Havoc, and the A-26 Invader all come to mind. Only the Invader lived on as a bomber into the 1990s. The Invader, a highly capable, highly maneuverable, low-level forest-fire bomber which could operate in tight situations with a reasonable payload of fire retardant, was superb for this job. Two great Canadian fire-fighting outfits – Air Spray and Conair – flew it for decades and kept its mystique alive. Read more 

Lysander Restoration
Check out the preview for an Ultimate Restorations episode showcasing Vintage Wings’ Lysander. Watch the video 

EAA SportAir Workshops in Canada
This is your chance to sign up for one to five EAA SportAir Workshops held in Canada. Read more

Poll Question
Q. Will the high price of fuel restrict your flying this summer? Vote now!

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