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Flying for $15 an Hour?, Canada Loses a Film Icon

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

Ian Brown

Sadly, we lost a young aviation director of photography, John Driftmier, last week. You can read the full article in this month's edition of Bits and Pieces. We will never know what aviation adventures he might have recorded in future years. He was an extremely creative young man with many credits to his name.

A fellow pilot based at my home airport agreed to write about his trip to the Pipistrel factory in Slovenia for this issue. I'm sure you will enjoy reading about his trip, as I did. Italian by birth, Daniel Scopel is a fanatical glider pilot, and he benefits from the self-launch capabilities of his Pipistrel Sinus to fly more recreational hours than most of us can dream of and yet stay within a modest budget. He has also recorded more aviation videos on YouTube than anyone I know. His latest total of flying videos is 1,888, and several of them include footage of his trip to Europe.

We continue with our monthly articles on flight-testing your homebuilt by Jack Dueck. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, Bill Evans was unable to provide us with his next in his series of articles on inspecting your own aircraft. We wish Bill a speedy return to full health and look forward to his article next month, when he gets into the "meat" of his series with some tips on what you will need to begin your inspection.

Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and current commander of the International Space Station (ISS), co-wrote a song entitled Is Someone Singing (ISS) with Ed Robertson of the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies in February. They performed it live via video link with the rest of the band and a great young chorus from Toronto called the Gleeks. If you haven't had a chance to hear it, listen now.

It's a super song and a really unique Canadian event. I'm sure you will be moved by it as I was.

Was Canada the first country in the world to record an electric flight? We have an article this month about some developments in 1908 that may have led to that claim. Let us know if you have any more information. It's an interesting article anyway and gives insight into the experimentation that was in progress on our own turf within five years of the Wright Brothers' first successful flight.

We have a Golden Hawks Sabrejet restoration in progress. This one is not intended to fly but is being taken down from its post for refurbishment. EAA received a very nice e-mail from Mark Seibutis, EAA 670580, of Sarnia, Ontario, describing how he and his friends felt encouraged to take on this task by their many experiences at EAA events and the can-do attitude of readers like you.

George Weller and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents
Host George Weller and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents

The 5th annual international ski/fly-in on Lake Memphremagog happened on February 17, and it was apparently a very one-sided event due to weather. Eleven Canadian aircraft flew in, but none managed to get there from the United States, although many from south of the border had planned on attending. You can read all about it on George Weller's website.

Enjoy this month's issue, and as always, we encourage you to get involved in our publication in any way you choose. Write something, comment on an article, or simply "like" us on Facebook. We're always touched to know we touch you!

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