EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 2, No. 10 OCTOBER 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.

This month's Bits & Pieces highlights the very successful Calgary and COPA Centennial of Flight celebrations. The article and pictures come courtesy of EAA Chapter 1410 High River member Bill Beaton, EAA 830995, who is also a COPA director (Alberta & NWT).

Kathy Lubitz, president of the Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada (UPAC) brings us up to date on the challenge by Quebec and some other provinces on federal jurisdiction of aerodromes. Stay tuned on this issue!

Jack Dueck
EAA efforts for homebuilders in the U.S. pay off…the Young Eagles program welcomes some familiar faces to serve as co-chairmen…and I attempt to demystify the issue of portable fire extinguishers for amateur-built aircraft builders and owners.

I urge you to read the fascinating article by Dave O'Malley of Vintage Wings - Flying with the Ace in which Dave Hatfield flies with 'Stocky' Edwards, Canada's highest-scoring surviving fighter pilot. And finally, read about an Air Canada first officer’s foray into homebuilding in our From the Archives feature.

Enjoy!  - Jack Dueck, Editor

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CALGARY HOSTS CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT CELEBRATION
Calgary's Springbank Airport (CYBW) showed national pride and provided western hospitality when it hosted flying enthusiasts from across the country July 17-19 in celebration of 100 years of powered flight in Canada. Five Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) flights spent months planning the fly-in convention, trade show, air display, and several social events. The Calgary Flying Club, the Calgary Airport Authority, and the Aviation Department of Mount Royal College generously provided the venue for the events. More than 140 members from the local Calgary Flying Club, COPA flights, EAA chapters, and the RAA provided in excess of 4,200 volunteer hours taking care of all the planning and execution of this landmark event. Read more Centenial of Flight Celebration
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FEDERAL JURISDICTION OF AERODROMES CHALLENGED
Recently there were two challenges in Quebec to the principle of exclusive federal jurisdiction of aeronautics. This principle has been challenged in the Quebec and other provincial courts a number of times and each time the provinces have lost.

This time the Government of Quebec decided to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. The case is scheduled to be heard in October. The province of Quebec has been joined in this appeal by the provinces of British Columbia and New Brunswick. If the appeal is successful, the provinces and local municipalities will share jurisdiction with the Federal Government over aeronautics including land and water aeronautics. Read more

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GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEBUILDERS SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Last week EAA reported the successful conclusion to its defense of the homebuilt movement in the United States. The FAA’s proposed changes to the policy controlling US Homebuilt aircraft certification could have decimated the movement, but the long-awaited FAA final order, the amateur-built aircraft certification policy known as the 51 percent rule as well as Advisory Circular 20-27G, the guide for amateur builders in the U.S. on how to properly certify every step of the building process. The results are favorable for U.S. builders, as well as those non-US companies that manufacture aircraft kits for the US market. Read more Good news
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ABOUT FIRE EXTINGUISHERS (FOR AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT OWNERS)
As homebuilders, we need to contend with the CARs that regulate our amateur-built aircraft. And even if most of our attention is directed to the nuts and bolts of building, we often grind up against the rules and regulations that affect many aspects of homebuilding. Hence, the following review on fire extinguishers. Read more Class A Fires
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SULLENBERGER AND SKILES NAMED NEW YOUNG EAGLES CO-CHAIRMAN
EAA announced last month Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, known for their successful emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River in January, as the new co-chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles Program. EAA member, pilot, and famed actor Harrison Ford introduced his replacements during a news conference at the Santa Monica Airport in California. Later that night Ford was honored for his stewardship of the program – he served for five years - at a dinner attended by Sullenberger, Skiles, EAA President Tom Poberezney, and past Young Eagles who had moved onto aviation pursuits. The night even included remarks by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read more (including audio interviews and video of the press conference and tribute to Harrison Ford). Read more Sully and Skiles
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FLYING WITH THE ACE
Recently featured in Vintage Wings Canada, Flying with the Ace, is pilot Dave Hatfield's account of flying with World War II Triple Ace James F. "Stocky" Edwards, who is Canada's highest-scoring living fighter pilot. Hatfield Edwards, 88, flew in the back seat of Vintage Wings' beautifully restored Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk, which has the same paint scheme as one flown many times by Edwards. I urge you to read this fascinating article.

Flying with the Ace

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: A SKYBOLT STORY
"A Steen Skybolt, you say, and just how do you build one?" So starts the story from the October 1976 edition of Sport Aviation, written by Gordon F. Price, of London, Ont., Canada. "That was on the morning of September 19, 1973. I was a First Officer assigned to DC-8s and flying with Capt. Lloyd Windh out of Toronto on a Winnipeg turnaround. By the time we returned to Toronto late that afternoon I said, "I think I'll build one, too," even though I was not really familiar with small aircraft, did not take shop in school, had limited mechanical ability, and hadn't even heard of the EAA before that day.  Read the story here. From the Archives


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