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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 3, No. 4  APRIL 2010

Welcome to the April 2010 issue of Bits and Pieces.

First Canadian EAA Convention Coming This Fall

Canadian EAA members will finally realize an opportunity for the world's largest recreational flying organization to spread its wings north into Canada. From September 17-19, EAA members will be hosting their first Canadian EAA convention. It will be held in conjunction with the Vintage Wings' "Victoria Cross" air show in Gatineau, P.Q., just 15 minutes northeast of Ottawa. Read more

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FUTURE FOR TWO VINTAGE AIRCRAFT UNCERTAIN
Officials in Calgary are trying to determine what to do with two vintage aircraft that are owned by the city. The city council voted to seek an experienced restoration company outside of Calgary rather than spend public funds to finance a restoration by local groups. The two-year fight over the fate of the WW-II era aircraft centers around the desire to keep the airplanes in Calgary and still determine the best way to restore them to flying or museum condition.  Read more
BITS AND PIECES POLL
Q. After reading about a dispute among Calgary's residents over whether two city-owned vintage aircraft should be restored locally or to an outside vendor, what do you think?
Vote now!
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CURRENCY IS JUST AN INSTRUCTOR AWAY

With spring and summer ahead, EAA members across Canada are renewing their love affair with flight; cross-country flights with buddies to enjoy the $100 breakfasts; lazy evening flights over country and lane, just enjoying the spirit of flight; taking up friends and Young Eagles to share the joy of flying and seeing our world in three dimensions. That also means it's probably a good time to ask: Are you current?  Read more
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CANADIAN RV-8 PRAISED FOR GOLDEN HAWK PAINT SCHEME
Kevin Horton, EAA 368058, of Greely, Ontario, Canada, recently finished reassembling his RV-8 after it went to the paint shop. Normally that's not breaking news; however Kevin selected a rather stunning paint job that is sure to turn heads when he brings it to AirVenture 2010 this summer. Read more Golden Hawk
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SPOTLIGHT ON EAA YOUTH PROGRAMS
EAA has always prided itself as a family organization. One key aspect of this culture is the Young Eagles program, which is one of the most successful EAA initiatives in the organization's history. EAA is deeply committed to providing youth access to aviation, and there are many other EAA programs that are designed to engage kids of all ages. Read more
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BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM OF CANADA
The Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum has formally changed its name to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. The museum was formed in 1986 and soon established a small collection that was based on the town’s Lancaster Bomber, FM159. This particular aircraft is dedicated to the memory of Ian Bazalgette, a Lancaster pilot who was awarded the commonwealth's highest award for valour and the only Albertan to be so recognized during WW II.  Read more Blenheim Bomber
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TRANSPORT CANADA CORRECTS BUSH CADDY ARTICLE
After incorrectly identifying some aircraft as Bush Caddy in a recent safety letter, Transport Canada published a correction in their latest Aviation Safety Letter, Issue 2/2010. Read more
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GENERAL AVIATION INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR AN UNLEADED FUTURE
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally begun the regulatory process required by the Clean Air Act that may ultimately result in standards mandating the industry's transition to unleaded aviation gasoline (avgas). The EPA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) which is a key opportunity for the general aviation (GA) community to provide comment regarding this possible new environmental standard and into the development of a plan for identifying, evaluating, and ultimately transitioning to an unleaded fuel. Read more
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AERO 2010 BOWLS OVER ATTENDEES WITH NEW DESIGNS
AERO Expo 2010 at Friedrichshafen, Germany, provided an overwhelming number of new, innovative aviation products, surely reinforcing it as Europe's best general aviation trade show. Correspondent Kent Misegades was hard-pressed to see everything amongst the more than 500 exhibits during the four-day show held April 8-11. Read more AERO
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SUN 'N FUN 2010: ENTHUSIASM UNDAMPENED
Amid reports of brisk business from vendors, more aircraft attending than a year ago, and the overall safety of the 36th annual event, Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo President John Burton remarked on closing day, "Overall we've had a great fly-in."…despite a rainy, drizzling end to the six-day event. Read more Sun 'n Fun
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AWASH IN AVIONICS AT SUN 'N FUN
If you need it or just want it - and "it" is related to avionics or electronics for your antique, homebuilt or every-day factory flyer - you'll likely find it somewhere on the grounds of Sun 'n Fun 2010. Electronic Flight Bag options, new autopilot and glass-panel choices, systems for adding electrical-power redundancy to any panel.
Read Part 1 | Read Part 2 | Sun 'n Fun Photo Gallery
Aspen Three Screen
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DICK VAN GRUNSVEN VISITS OSHKOSH, PRESENTS RV-12 WEBINAR
Dick Van Grunsven, founder of Van's Aircraft and designer of the Van's RV line of homebuilts, was in Oshkosh this week as part of a forum convened by EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny on the aviation industry. He also gave an EAA Webinar presentation Wednesday evening about the RV-12 light-sport aircraft kit plane - which drew 501 attendees! Van talked with EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot about the aviation industry, the RV-12, and another project he hasn't quite finished. Listen to the interview | Watch the webinar RV-12
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GLOBAL GYRO FLIGHT IN SOUTH ASIA - DRAWN INTO VOLCANO TRAVEL FLAP
Norman Surplus, an autogyro pilot from Ireland, has been immortalized in a newspaper (Belfast Telegraph) cartoon as he continues his circumnavigation of the globe in an MT-03. As the rest of Europe and beyond returns to the skies Norman flies on, recently arriving in Raipur, central India. Read more Cartoon
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WAYWARD SATELLITE WILL AFFECT WAAS COVERAGE
Intelsat is having trouble controlling its Galaxy XV satellite and has notified the FAA that it will stop broadcasting Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signals in the next few weeks. The Intelsat Galaxy XV is one of the geostationary satellites (GEO) that broadcasts the WAAS signal in space. For WAAS users, there is no immediate impact to service; but over the next few weeks, the Intelsat GEO will drift out of its current orbit position, ultimately requiring the GEO broadcast to be discontinued. Read more WAAS Outage
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VOLUNTEER VIDEOGRAPHERS SOUGHT FOR AIRVENTURE
EAA Publications is seeking volunteer videographers. Volunteers will create content for future issues of Bits and Pieces and the nine other monthly e-newsletters EAA publishes year-round. Other projects, such as the daily AirVenture edition of e-Hotline, may be available. If you enjoy creating videos, we are seeking your discerning eye to communicate the excitement, uniqueness, and variety of aircraft and experiences that can be found at AirVenture.

Volunteers, depending on their interest, will work with EAA Publications staff and newsletter editors on specific assignments. Some video editing skills are helpful but not required. General submissions are welcome. Please contact Fareed Guyot at fguyot@eaa.org or call 920-426-6555.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES
Putting the Pieces Together - Dick Eaves' Nexus Mustang
Sport Aviation, November 2004

That Dick Eaves' Nexus Mustang won GRAND CHAMPION - Plans-Built at Sun 'n Fun 2004 is not what makes it remarkable. Nor that it won a Bronze Lindy at EAA AirVenture, 2004. Nor, really, that it's an all-metal, scratch-built airplane, Eaves' 10th project. What is remarkable is that before 2001, the Nexus Mustang was just a few fuzzy ideas and desire, the graduation project from a lifetime of building and fixing airplanes. Read more 

Nexus Mustang

 

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