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From the Editor: Everything We Expect for Christmas!

By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Ray Fiset

Well, here we are in December. This is my third issue of Bits and Pieces, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. We seem to be getting everything we typically expect for Christmastime. My local ski hill opened up the last week in November. Snow and cold rain causes activity at most small airports to slow down. Christmas isn’t far away, so it may be too late to be hinting for all those nice aviation-related gifts but www.ShopEAA.com isn’t a bad link to paste somewhere on the bathroom mirror.

If you plan to become a homebuilder, Jack Dueck’s excellent webinar on building and certifying an amateur-built aircraft in Canada went out live on November 23. If you missed it, you can check it out right now here. As the previous editor of this newsletter and a Minister’s Delegate – Recreational Aviation (MD-RA) inspector, Jack is supremely qualified to tell you everything you need to know about building an aircraft in Canada.

This month we feature an item about flying in bilingual airspace from a pilot very well  qualified to do so. Michel Gammon grew up in Ontario where he was known as Mike Gammon. He now flies a Beechcraft Sundowner out of Bromont, Quebec. As you’ll see from his article, listening for key phrases is extremely important when flying through Quebec airspace. Read more

We also have an article from Kathy Lubitz, President of the Canadian Ultralight Pilot's Association, about the differences between Canadian and U.S. ultralight regulations.Read more (article about CDN vs US Ultralight regs

Living in Bromont, QC, I recently had the opprortunity to discover a rare gem locally – a Fokker D.VII preserved in pristine WW1 condition and displayed as the centrepiece in a small village museum. Read more about it here.

How many of you are in the “Saturday morning habit”?  Rain or shine we meet for breakfast at the airport.  Here is my take on it. Read more

The Canadian Air and Space Museum has been in the news again, with some raising of the issues due to an investigation by hard-hitting journalist and radio/TV personality Dale Goldhawk. Read more

We also have in this issue from the archives, an item about the original Bits and Pieces aircraft from which this newsletter derived its name, as well as an update on ADS-B and its progress in Canada.  Finally, we have our usual piece on words used in aviation.  This month's word is “aerodrome” and you will discover that there is more to that word than you think. Read more

From everyone at EAA and from our Canadian contributors to Bits and Pieces, I would like to wish you and your families a very happy holiday season.

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