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An Excellent AirVenture for Canadians!

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

Well, it's here again. Much like the pilgrimage to Mecca, aficionados of general aviation will be making the trek to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for our annual get-together, EAA AirVenture. It promises to be a sensational event with such items of specific interest to Canadian visitors as a Theatre in the Woods appearance Tuesday night by Chris Hadfield, Canadian commander of the International Space Station and recent YouTube phenomenon. Hadfield was recently honoured with the Meritorious Service Medal, a civilian honour which is the equivalent of the military Meritorious Service Cross, and he's the only person in Canadian history to have been awarded both.

Chris Hadfield receives Meritorious Service Medal from Governor General David Johnston.

This will also be the inaugural year of the dedicated space for Canadian visitors, including forums related to building and flying aircraft in Canada. It's right next to the International Tent so you should be able to find it easily. Check out last month's Bits and Pieces for details.

In Canadian aviation news, there were first landings of the Boeing 787 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport this month by both Air Canada's low-cost Rouge airline and Polish carrier LOT. Ethiopian Airways has been flying the 787 into Toronto for the last year. The tradition when a new carrier lands an aircraft like this is for the fire rescue pumper trucks to create a watery salute.

Our publication has grown. At the last count, we had almost 7,000 subscribers. About half of those also subscribe to e-Hotline, EAA's weekly newsletter. There are two reasons to mention this; firstly, we try to avoid duplication of the same information in multiple e-mails, but since only half of you receive e-Hotline we will continue to refer to matters of global aviation interest, such as the electric green taxiing system in this month's issue - even if it might have been covered in other EAA publications.

The second reason: All current EAA members can subscribe to e-Hotline through the EAA website, so if you're not receiving it and would like to, log on and sign up!

Lastly, you may notice your editor's name on almost every article this month. Thanks to Bill Evans and Mark Seibutis for not making this a 100 percent solo effort. The reason for mentioning this is that I would like to appeal to our readers for interesting articles that other Canadian pilots and aircraft builders and owners would like to read.

The pay is about what you'd expect for a free newsletter without advertising! Volunteer writers can consider this an opportunity to "pay it forward" for the many benefits we all enjoy from the efforts of our friends in the aviation community. Aviators are very giving people when it comes to sharing knowledge. Please take a moment to think about the last really interesting problem, flight, or experience that you had and consider writing it up and e-mailing it to me. We will provide the editorial services. Just send us your name, EAA membership number if you know it, and a few photographs as part of the article. Microsoft Word or plain text is preferred.

Perhaps you would like to create a series like Jack Dueck's "Flight-Testing Your Homebuilt" or Bill Evans' "Aircraft Inspection Techniques for Homebuilders". Maybe you just had an excellent adventure flying and you would like to share it. If you would simply like to send feedback or request that a certain subject be covered, I'd also love to hear from you.

While EAA chapter information tends to be more of local interest, if your chapter is doing something that you might consider a "best practice" or of interest to the wider community in Canada, please let me know about it.

See you in Oshkosh! Let's hope it stays dry. You could leave me a message on the Canadian section of the notice board, or call/text me at 450-330-2160 if you want to make contact. Have a great show.


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