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Oshkosh Plans Whether Here or Not

By Jack Dueck, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 337912, EAA Canadian Council

This month’s Bits and Pieces should reach you just about the time AirVenture gets underway. What better way to introduce this e-newsletter with our own account of our Oshkosh plans? Does it differ much from your own? Can you schedule the events for Canadian EAA members to your own schedule? We’d love to see you.

Portrait of an Airman: I’m always impressed with the resources that we all have in our own local EAA chapters. Jack Hardock has just turned the big 80 and celebrates this birthday by completing his beautiful RV-7, and Jack took time out to relate some of his aviation experiences with our EAA Chapter 1410 newsletter editor, Robert Fridman.  Enjoy!

We take a look back in Canadian aviation with Our Canadian Aviation History. Did you know that at the outbreak of World War I there were only two certificated pilots in all of Canada? Do you know who the first woman to fly in Canada as a passenger was? This excerpt of Canadian aviation history is taken with permission from Chris Weicht’s historical narrative, Jerico Beach, and West Coast Flying Boats Stations.

“Volunteers don’t get paid because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” -  Sherry Anderson. What better way to honour the 6,000-plus volunteers who make AirVenture work? This article from our Wings over Gatineau partner newsletter is a tribute to the volunteers who make our conventions, air shows, and fly-ins happen. 

Reasons for the inclusion of this article, besides that of the volunteer, also include 1) to introduce you to the world of Vintage Wings and its incredible line-up of aircraft, especially WWII vintage; 2) to show you the class act that comes with their volunteer program, and, finally, 3) to whet your appetite to include “Wings over Gatineau 2011” in your fall schedule. 

This is EAA’s National Canadian Fly-In held in conjunction with Vintage Wings’ “Battle of Britain” air show, and this year also featuring the 2011 rendition of the beautiful Snow Birds. It is slated for September 16-18, and coincides with the Ottawa Battle of Britain commemoration. We anticipate 30,000 visitors. Don’t miss it.


Jack Dueck, EAA CC


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