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Is Your Season Winding Down, Winding Up, or Ticking Along Nicely?

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

Ian Brown


As you read this you might be considering the winter ski season, the fall hunting season, or whatever your nonflying hobbies happen to be. But wait; the flying season is not over yet. Some of the best flying weather is just about to begin, brimming with nice flat air and good lift. Here are a couple of autumn flying destinations to consider.

September 30: Annual Fall Fly-In at Shoal Lake, Manitoba. End the fly-in season with breakfast at CKL5 - $6; 8 to 11 a.m.

September 29 to 30, Haliburton, Ontario (CND4): Fall Colours Fly-In, cookshack open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for chili, peameal on a bun, and hot dogs. Contact Paul Robinson at lochlinboy@gmail.com.

Best climb rates are the subject of this month's episode in our continuing series of articles by Jack Dueck. It's a very interesting article with great suggestions on how to measure your climb rates under different conditions. You might like to do this with a flying friend. The exercise is not only informative but a fun way for a couple of pilots to spend time in the air.

Pilots N Paws Canada sent us two reports showing the growing success of this new pilot-facilitated dog rescue organization. You can sign up and declare your availability to help relocate rescued dogs. The article by Bob Pearson is especially interesting from the perspective of the logistics of flying a dog in a small plane, in this case an RV-6.

Have you had a flying adventure you would like to share? Do you have a unique aircraft or restoration project? Are you about to finish a kit plane? If you want to help our Bits and Pieces newsletter with articles or news items, please consider writing something, or at least contacting me so that I can help write up your project. My e-mail address is ixb@videotron.ca.

Whether you're flying dogs to a new home, flight-testing your homebuilt, or travelling to a fly-in, please fly safely. Let's do our part to improve the accident statistics of homebuilt and experimental aircraft. In the April 2012 issue of Sport Aviation, Ron Wanttaja did an excellent job of analyzing that previous five years of accident statistics. The one data point that really sticks in my mind is the idea that "pilot mis-control" was responsible for more than twice the nearest other cause of accidents, which happened to be "pilot judgement". Those two together were four times more likely to cause an accident than a mechanical failure.

Sad News from Manitoba - Flying comrades Gil Bourrier and Tony Butt died in a tragic accident in Gil's 2006 Acro Sport II at Manitou, CKG5, on August 23. Gil and Tony will be sadly missed, and the thoughts of Springfield Flying Club members are with the wives, children, and grandchildren left grieving.

The more we can do to improve our own judgement and flying skills, the better our Canadian homebuilt accident record will become. So maybe improving our skills and judgement by flying often and flying with other pilots is a key to improving our safety record.

Okay, so in the title above, winding down and winding up are the same thing! I was just making sure you were paying attention.

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