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From the Editor

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

My EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 DVD arrived - did yours? I had a chance to review it over the holidays, having failed to get to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh because of weather this year. As well as a really great overview of AirVenture, there are extras which give you more footage of the night air show, the floatplane base, and a feature about the early air mail system in the United States and how it formed the foundation for the first airlines. The only thing I missed was more. I just wanted more.

You can order a copy here for the price of a couple of gallons of Canadian avgas!

Do you winterize your aircraft? How extensively? I wrote this article to stimulate some conversation and perhaps get some good advice. Read more

Did you know that the first heavier-than-air manned flight was actually far earlier than 1903, in 1853 in fact, when an employee of Sir George Cayley flew across Brompton Dale in his full-scale glider? Cayley was born December 27, 1773, so he must have been 80 years old when he saw this miracle.


He was a prolific English engineer who is credited with having understood for the first time weight, lift, drag and thrust. Cayley also discovered the effect of dihedral on the stability of an aircraft, and that a cambered wing could provide more lift. He designed the first actual model of an aeroplane and also diagrammed the elements of vertical flight.

Cayley Glider
This replica of Cayley’s glider was flown by Derek Piggott in 1973.

Ed Lubitz recently attended a NavCanada “Area Operations Consultation,” and he sent us this report.

In case you recognize the name from elsewhere, his wife is UPAC President Kathy Lubitz, who also sent in a nice article describing the differences in licensing of Canadian vs. US Ultralight pilots.

Thanks to the Lubitzs for doing so much for your newsletter.

Our friend at the Minister’s Delegates – Recreational Aviation (MD-RA) homebuilt inspectorate, General Manager Al Mahon, gives us some very useful information on the 51 percent rule. Remember that under Canadian amateur-building regulations, your aircraft must consist of homebuilt components for at least 51 percent of its structure. You might ask, “Fifty-one percent of what, how is it measured, and what are the exceptions?” What are the differences between the U.S. and Canadian regulations as they relate to the 51 percent rule? The answers are all here.

Ken Oates, a tower controller at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, gives us some helpful tips on the advantages of using flight following, whether or not you’re flying a flight plan.

From the Archives – Aircraft flown in to the 1963 EAA Fly-in Convention
This month’s “From the Archives” comes from 1963, when they had the luxury of listing every aircraft that attended the EAA fly-in convention. As you’ll notice, there are several interesting tidbits. A previous “From the Archives” covered the Tiger Moth flight of Reverend J.W. McGillivray from New Brunswick. His aircraft is listed. You can also see that there were two de Havilland Tiger Moths and a Chipmunk flown in from Ontario. Two recent Bits and Pieces articles written by J. Davis related the tale of the Johnston Special and its designer and builder including his current attempts at rebuilding it. Evidently it was flown to the fly-in in ’63 by H. Dinnin of Wallacetown, Ontario. Maybe someone out there has information about these intrepid early attendees at the EAA fly-in. Read the article.

As Canadian as Maple Syrup and Ailerons!
Our word of the month is “aileron”. Did you know ailerons were Canadian? Well, it depends on who you believe. Like most good ideas, several groups were on the same track. In fact it seems the first ailerons were patented in the United Kingdom 35 years before the Wright Brothers’ first flight, but the first aircraft to fly with what looks to us today like ailerons was Alexander Graham Bell’s “Aviation Experiment” in Canada. Read more

Jack Dueck, our previous editor of Bits and Pieces, sent in some excellent news on upcoming EAA workshops in April and May. If you have ever considered getting started on building an aircraft for the first time, you may like to consider signing up for one of these two-day workshops held at High River Regional Airport, Alberta (CEN4). Perhaps one of the commonest regrets when building an aircraft is that we could have made the project go faster if we’d had more knowledge at the outset. Attending one of these courses is sure to pay dividends for the homebuilder. Read more

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Happy New Year to all!


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