EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 2, No. 3  MARCH 2009

Welcome to Bits and Pieces, EAA's e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders and fliers in Canada. We encourage you to forward your copy to your aviation friends and invite them to subscribe.

Jack DueckThe Baddeck story dominates this month's issue of Bits and Pieces. Activities at Baddeck, Nova Scotia February 20-23 celebrated our country's entrance into the aviation age courtesy of J.A. Douglas McCurdy's flight in the Silver Dart on February 23, 1909.
Ann Cooper has written widely about Mabel Hubbard Bell, wife of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, and the financial force behind the Aerial Experiment Association. Ann submitted an article excerpted from her book The First Lady of Canadian Aviation.

Other topics discussed this week include:

  • On February 27, the new EAA Canadian Council met with EAA staff at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This coincided with the 7th EAA Leadership Academy held that weekend.
  • EAA Canadian Council member Mike Bourget has submitted a delightful article on his Aluminum Mistress, a Nanchang CJ-6.
  • A new feature for Bits and Pieces: EAA's Archived Canadian History, providing a look back at our early roots.
  • COPA is up and running with its own version of Young Eagles, called "COPA for Kids."
  • Remember: EAA SportAir Workshops are coming to High River, AB - May 2-3, 2009.
  • Aircraft Spruce and Specialty has acquired SkySports International.

- Jack Dueck, Editor

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THE SILVER DART AND BADDECK: THEN AND NOW!
The historic event took place at Baddeck, Nova Scotia on February 23, 1909; J.A. Douglas McCurdy flew the first heavier-than-air aircraft off the ice of Bras d'Or Lakes to officially launch Canada into the aviation age. This flight was a part of the ongoing experimentation and development by the Aerial Experiment Association, (AEA) under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell.  Read more Silver Dart Replica in flight
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THE FIRST LADY OF CANADIAN AVIATION, MABEL HUBBARD BELL
John Alexander "Douglas" McCurdy, born in Baddeck, Nova Scotia in 1886, lost his mother in 1888. Fortunately, his father, editor of the Baddeck newspaper, was secretary, assistant, and photographer to the famed Scottish inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. McCurdy was raised as part of the Bell family and Alexander and Mabel Bell financed his education-an engineering degree received in 1906 from the University of Toronto. Read more Mabel Hubbard Bell
EAA'S CANADIAN COUNCIL MEETS AT OSHKOSH
The new EAA Canadian Council held its first meeting on February 27 at EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The members began with a get acquainted session with each other and the EAA staff, and then got into a daylong agenda. 

The theme of the agenda was 'EAA in Canada' and members discussed the history, current membership, the issues, and plans for the future - all to better serve the Canadian EAA membership.
Read more

EAA's Canadian Council
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MY ALUMINUM MISTRESS
November 2008: I have just put away C-FXMI (my Nanchang CJ6) for the winter, and I tallied up the flying hours from my first flight in late April to early November. It looks like XMI and I burned 130 hours of avgas together. Not bad for a first year.

This is the story of the first nine month's love affair with my "aluminum mistress." I had been interested in all things "Red Star aircraft" for quite some time, but I had never had an opportunity to fly in one, or even get close to one for that matter.  Read more

Nanchang
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EAA'S CANADIAN HISTORY ARCHIVE
EAA members can access any issue of their organization's past magazines. I thought it would be interesting to re-acquaint ourselves with EAA's early support and help for Canadians. The following excerpt from Founder Paul Poberezny appeared in the January 1956 issue of The Experimenter. It seems like the same concern of standardization between our two countries has always existed. Enjoy!  Read more 
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WORKING TOGETHER ON YOUTH INTRODUCTORY FLIGHTS
Joint Statement Issued by EAA and COPA
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association understand the importance of promoting aviation to the general public, especially young people. For many years an agreement between the two organizations existed allowing COPA members to fly young people as part of the EAA Young Eagles program.  Read more COPA and EAA
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AIRCRAFT SPRUCE ACQUIRES SKYSPORTS INTERNATIONAL
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co, a leading supplier of experimental and certificated aircraft parts since 1965, has acquired SkySports International of Linden, Michigan. SkySports, which produces its own line of single and dual fuel systems and fuel probes, was founded by Marshall MacFarlane in 1979. SkySports also carries a complete line of products such as instruments, radios, GPS, strobes, Comtronics helmet/intercom systems, winter instruments, and hardware for the ultralight market. All SkySports products are now available from the Aircraft Spruce West and East warehouses. For more information, contact Aircraft Spruce at 877-4SPRUCE or visit www.aircraftspruce.com. Aircraft Spruce
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LEARN HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN AIRPLANE AT EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
EAA's two-day structured SportAir Workshops are designed to help you build and maintain your amateur-built aircraft. You will receive an incredible amount of knowledge and the confidence to proceed with your project. Courses are comprehensive, and course sizes are limited so that students can receive individual instruction and help. All course materials, tools, and workbooks are included. Four workshops will be held on May 2-3 in High River, AB. EAA SportAir Workshops

COURSES: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite, Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics, Annual Inspections for Amateur-Built Aircraft

COURSE FEE: $300 for EAA members/$350 for non-members

LOCATION: High River Regional Airport - 50 km south of Calgary, AB

For more information, or to register, e-mail EAA SportAir Workshops at cgyrv@yahoo.com.


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