EAA Bits and Pieces

Vol. 2, No. 4  APRIL 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 DueckCanadian Aviation Events: We start this issue with a listing of current events. Just log onto their websites and peruse those articles that are of interest.

Canada First Flight Centennial Celebration at AirVenture 2009: What to expect!

The Newfoundland Royal Air Force: Wow! Did you know about the small but fierce Royal Air Force of the Country of Newfoundland?

New Rule Change For Canadian Amateur-Built Aircraft: Weight and passenger restrictions are lifted.

EAA's Air Academy and Young Eagles: With spring here, many members are getting excited about flying Young Eagles, and chapters are planning Young Eagle rallies. Do you know about the tie-in between Young Eagles and the Air Academy Camp for kids?

Project RHINO: A new Canadian 'Beaver'?

Glass Cockpit Flying Skills: The evolution of affordable EFIS and EMS products is not only changing the look of amateur-built aircraft panels, but also how pilots get vital flight information. Are we 'proficient' or are we 'flying blind'?

EAA's Archived Canadian History: Another "time capsule" from our magazine's archives.

I hope you enjoy this month's edition. Pass it on to friends. We welcome and appreciate any comments at cgyrv@yahoo.com.

- Jack Dueck, Editor

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CANADIAN AVIATION CURRENT EVENTS
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GEARING UP FOR CANADA'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS AT AIRVENTURE
Canada's Centennial celebrations at Oshkosh are taking shape, and excitement is beginning to build. So let's take a look at the 'item' lists, and what we can look forward to. Read more AirVenture 2009
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THE ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND AIR FORCE
If you have not yet subscribed to the Vintage Wings newsletter, Vintage News, you should do so. Dave O'Malley edits this wonderful digest of wide ranging aviation interests to Canadians. The latest issue features the fascinating but largely untold story of The Royal Newfoundland Air Force - The Pink and the Black - which celebrated its 85th anniversary this month. The story, written by D.H. Yellamo, can be accessed here. RNAF
NEW RULE CHANGE FOR CANADIAN AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT
As this issue of Bits and Pieces was being finalized, a Transport Canada official confirmed two positive rule changes affecting Canadian amateur-built aircraft. There is no longer a 5,000-lb gross maximum take-off weight limit for amateur-built aircraft; and the three-passenger limit for amateur-built aircraft no longer applies.

This rule change will benefit kit builders and kit manufacturers such as Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing, Ltd.'s Moose; the CompAir series; and others that wish to carry greater loads. The new rule removes these limitations with no replacement, thereby putting Canadian builders more in-line with US rules for amateur-built aircraft.

There are additional changes affecting balloons and airships, and these changes will be reported as soon as we obtain more information.

Murphy Moose
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INTERNATIONAL FLYERS: EAA NEEDS YOUR HELP
EAA is aware of concerns from our Canadian members that complexities of the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) are creating issues with border crossings. To help us better understand your concerns and to help CBP improve eAPIS, we need to know your real-world experiences with the system. Please e-mail govt@eaa.org with your experiences.
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EAA AIR ACADEMY CAMPS & YOUNG EAGLES
Virtually everyone in our circle of aviation friends is acquainted with EAA's Young Eagles program. But do you know about the Air Academy Camps for kids, preparing them, for an aviation-enriched future? And do you know how this can develop from a Young Eagles flight?

If you've been to Oshkosh, you will have seen the beautiful Air Academy Building over towards Pioneer Airport; an impressive structure with the massive logs hewn from the forests of BC. This building was provided by a donation from an EAA member, Mr. James Ray, who believed in giving kids the opportunity to learn about flight, many who have gone on to make a career in aviation. Read more

EAA Air Academy Camps and Young Eagles
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PROJECT RHINO
Meet Don Jewitt. Don is a major shareholder and director of Frontier Petroleum Services, and an operating "personality" in the "Oilpatch." Don loves aeroplanes, having owned and flown several Bonanzas and built a beautiful RV-8A he currently flies.

In the summer of 2006, Don together with Milan Aviation Services decided to invest and develop a utility aircraft that they believed would have great potential for commercial and private operators flying passengers and cargo into remote areas. The particular aircraft that provided this interest was a proven design, originally scheduled for production in the LET Kunovice factory in the Czech Republic. This aircraft is a variant of the SCF Technoavia SM-92 "Finist." (To date, 37 Finists have been built and are in service in Russia, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany.)  Read more

Project Rhino
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GLASS COCKPIT FLYING SKILLS - by Susan Parson
Special Assistant, FAA Flight Standards Service, General Aviation and Commercial Division
Note: The following FAA article was passed to us by EAA Chapter 62 San Jose, California. To many of us glass cockpit information is not readily assimilated and therefore not useful. This excellent article takes out a lot of the mystery. I found it useful. - Jack Dueck

Introduction: Once upon a time, every office had a simple, practical machine called a typewriter. It took a little time to learn the basics of the QWERTY keyboard, but mastery of the machine was still a straightforward mechanical matter. Then along came progress in the form of computer-based "word processing." The computerized word processor could do much more than the humble typewriter...but it took longer to learn, and document creation was no longer a simple matter of typing in Pica or Elite. Instead, we had to learn to manage information, make the automation obey our wishes, and cope with the unintended consequence of seeing easier changes (anybody still remember White-Out?) lead to more changes. Nay sayers abounded, but resistance to computerized word processing was ultimately futile. We have all been assimilated.  Read more

Glass Panel
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EAA's ARCHIVED CANADIAN HISTORY
EAA members can access any issue of their organization's past magazines (1953-2006). To do your own searches, or browse through a back issue, visit http://members.eaa.org (log-in required) and click on the Sport Aviation Archive image like the one at right.

The following excerpt is taken from the April 1954 issue of the Experimenter. I hope you enjoy it! - JD

In part, is a letter received by Headquarters EAA from Rene Chartette AS Aviation Consultant, 213 Besserer St., Ottawa 2, Ontario, Canada:

The Department of Transport at Ottawa is certainly using us amateur builders throughout the Dominion in a reasonable manner. The DOT inspector gives an amateur job a thorough inspection before registrations markings are granted.  Read more

EAA Sport Aviation


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