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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 4, No. 1  FEBRUARY 2011

  
FROM THE EDITOR
This issue of Bits and Pieces honours two Canadian freedom fighters. The emotional tributes to two Canadian WWII pilots by Dave O'Malley of Vintage Wings will stir your hearts.

After a ten-year hiatus, the Hamilton Air Show returns this year. Mark your calendar for June 18 to 19. (With thanks to Teri Pecoskie of the Hamilton Spectator for use of her story.) Read more

 

Jack Dueck
92-YEAR-OLD BABY
With the help of some friends, Mark Taylor and I built a Silver Dart replica that we first displayed and flew in 2009 for the 100th anniversary of flight in Canada. The aircraft flew well enough and was stable in flight. After four flights down the runway, we decided to ground the aircraft, because if we had an accident, we just didn't think we had the enthusiasm to rebuild it. The aircraft, while easy enough to fly, was extremely awkward to handle on the ground. With its 49-foot wingspan, it had to be "danced" through the 40-foot door of our largest hangar. Read more Avro Baby
CANADIAN PRIVATE FLEET GROWS SLOWLY IN 2010
As in 2009 the Canadian private civil aircraft fleet grew in 2010, but at nowhere near the rate before the recession of 2008 to 2010 started. In 2008 the fleet grew at 3.2%. But by 2009 that dropped to 2.2%, and in 2010 it increased very slightly to 2.3%, a return to the sort of fleet growth rates that were seen in the days of 2003 to 2004 when the Canadian dollar was quite low against the U.S. dollar and sales were slow. Read more Fleet
HAMILTON AIR SHOW RETURNS
After a 10-year hiatus, the Hamilton Air Show is back off the ground. At least a dozen vintage aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will fly in the show at John C. Munro Airport on June 18 and 19. Planes will also be brought in from Gatineau, Tillsonburg and New York State. The show will also feature seminars by pilots and guest speakers as well as a large contingent of planes on the ground. Organizers say the show will be used as a dry run for the museum's 40th anniversary planned for Father's Day weekend in 2012. Read more Hamilton Air Show
MANAGING RISK FOR YOU AND YOUR HOMEBUILT
If you're considering an aircraft project or already on your way, it's never too late to do some risk planning. Three main parts of the process are risk analysis, risk assessment, and risk management. Aircraft manufacturers incorporate risk planning in order to ensure predictable results from their products. As a homebuilder, you too can use this process to prove to yourself, your insurer, and Transport Canada that you and your aircraft are safe to fly. Read more Managing Risk
WOMEN IN AVIATION CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL
Women interested in all aspects of aviation should mark their calendars for two important dates this year. The Canadian Women in Aviation (CWIA) Biennial Conference will be held at Montreal, Quebec, June 15 to 18,which is organized by the Canadian-based Women in Aviation, International (WAI) chapters, as well as independent groups. Ahead of that conference is the WAI Conference in Reno, Nevada, later this month. Read more WAI Reno
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Sport Aviation, June 1964
Earl Elliott's 'Minicab'  

Earl Elliott of Estevan, Saskatchewan, had read a story about Squarecraft's Minicab and went to Calgary, Alberta, to visit designer Stan McLeod. The visit left quite an impression on Earl; he returned home with plans to build a garage-workshop and the aircraft and to fly it within a year. Read the article

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Spitfire, Hurricane, BF-109: Which is Best? Watch this Webinar!
Rob Erdos is Chief Test Pilot for the National Research Council, Canada and has personally flown all three great fighters of the Battle of Britain - the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and an ultra-rare Messerschmitt Bf-109E. In this fascinating presentation, he will analyze and compare the flying qualities of each aircraft and attempt to answer the question that has perplexed generations of historians, pilots and aircraft enthusiasts - which aircraft was best?

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