Vol. 2, No.
4 APRIL 2009
to Bits and Pieces,
EAA's e-newsletter and monthly information digest for
builders and fliers
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aviation friends and invite them to subscribe.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jack Dueck, Editor
AVIATION CURRENT EVENTS
UP FOR CANADA'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS AT AIRVENTURE
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
ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND AIR FORCE
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.
RULE CHANGE FOR CANADIAN AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT
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
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
FLYERS: EAA NEEDS YOUR HELP
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
with your experiences.
AIR ACADEMY CAMPS & YOUNG EAGLES
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
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
GLASS COCKPIT FLYING SKILLS -
by Susan Parson
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
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
EAA's ARCHIVED CANADIAN
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,
(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,
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