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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 4, No. 5  OCTOBER 2011

INTRODUCING THE NEW EDITOR

By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
Jack Dueck has been at the helm of Bits and Pieces since June of 2008. He has made a superb contribution to Canadian aviation over the last three years. Jack recently announced that he would like a break but he will continue in his other responsibilities on the EAA Canadian Council. I now have the privilege of introducing myself as the new editor. It would be impossible to fill Jack's shoes; I hope I can do a small part to keep the EAA spirit alive and growing in Canadian aviation.
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Ian Brown
SIGNATURE COUNT ON THE RISE AT CANADIAN AIR & SPACE MUSEUM PETITION
A petition to save the Canadian Air & Space Museum reached 1,091 signatures over the Thanksgiving weekend. Simple mathematics would tell us that if each supporter would convince four other people to sign the petition, and they did so within a couple of days, that the thousand-plus signatures would become over four thousand in two days, sixteen thousand in four days, and on and on. The museum and six other tenants of Downsview Park at Toronto, Ontario, are still on notice that they have to be out in six months, but the volunteers at the museum still hope for a miracle. Read more Museum poster
EAA CANADIAN FLY-IN GROWING STEADILY
Traditions are only as old as necessary to form a pleasing habit. The Gatineau EAA tradition is now two years old and pleasing more people all the time. Held this past September 15-18, with fly-in capacity to spare and camping available for all, it was the place to be for lovers of aviation. Difficult weather prevented many Canadians from attending EAA Canadian Fly-In 2011, but clear skies allowed an easy path to the event. Read more Canadian Fly-in
U.S. EXPERIMENTAL FATAL ACCIDENTS EXCEED FAA NOT-TO-EXCEED LEVEL FOR 2011
Final measurement of experimental safety performance
The FAA set a not-to-exceed level of 70 fatal experimental aircraft accidents for the fiscal year 2011 that ended on September 30. Unfortunately, that didn't happen as the year ended with 73 fatal accidents, up from 65 the year before. While these accidents involve U.S. aircraft, EAA still strongly urges all current and future amateur-built pilots to recognize the need for safety, professionalism, and proficiency when transitioning to experimental category aircraft. Read more
Dashboard
DO YOU PUMP YOUR OWN AVGAS?
Apparently not all Canadian provinces are equal when it comes to fuelling your aircraft. I found a delightful surprise at Edenvale, Ontario (CNV8). This beautiful airport, formerly of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, has recently been revitalised with a new runway surface, new hangars, and a very nice restaurant. Not only do they have mogas at the pumps, but you can pump your own, using your regular credit card. Why aren't they all like this? Read more Pumping gas
E-GO APPEALS TO THE INNER PILOT
If Sigmund Freud were to build a fast, fun aircraft, he might have called it the e-Go. In fact, the e-Go is the first in a line of aircraft hoping to be produced by e-Go Aeroplanes, a startup in Cambridge, England. In 2007 Gioto Castelli and Tony Bishop entered and won a Light Aircraft Association design contest to produce cheap, easy-to-build, and state-of-the-art aircraft that fit into the United Kingdom's new Single Seat De-regulated Rules (SSDR) category. E-Go went for state-of-the-art and now its single-seat composite canard pusher prototype, which also fits experimental, LSA, and ELA standards, is nearing completion with an expected first flight next spring. Read more e-Go
CLASSIC J-3 CUB IS 2012 EAA AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The Piper J-3 Cub, one of the legendary aircraft in aviation history, will take center stage for the next nine months as the grand prize for the 2012 EAA "Win The Cub" Aircraft Sweepstakes. The EAA Sweepstakes, annually supports EAA's aviation education programs. In a change from past years, entry forms will be available beginning this week through EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, taking place July 23-29. All prizes will be awarded to winners in random drawings at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh at 5 p.m. on September 10, 2012. Read more
Sweepstakes Cub
BUILD YOUR OWN AIRCRAFT - EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS CAN SHOW YOU HOW!
Take hold of your dream of building your own aircraft! Learn the skills and techniques required at EAA SportAir Workshops. These two-day workshops take place all over the U.S. and cover a variety of aircraft-building topics. You could master the basics of aircraft sheet metal, discover how to weld, figure out how to fabric cover airplanes, gain confidence with composites, excel in electrical systems - and more! You'll receive hands-on training and guidance from the experts at EAA. We provide the facility and all the tools and materials, so the only thing you need to show up with is a desire to learn! To find a workshop near you, or to register for a workshop, click here. EAA SportAir Workshops
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Sport Aviation, March 1962
The "Spirit of Bathurst" In the early 1960s, in Bathurst, New Brunswick, there was a young man who toiled in his a garage by the side of a country road, about 130 miles from the nearest real airfield. In spite of having limited education and being so far from people who have aircraft knowledge in their heads, Harold Hussey has built and flown an airplane of his own design. Not only is it an excellent piece of workmanship, but it also is something of an engineering miracle because of the many interesting features and details incorporated by the builder. Read more
From the Archives
WORD OF THE MONTH
In this section we will spotlight an aviation word each month. Don't hesitate to chip in. This month's word is boxer, as in "boxer engine". Word of the Month
This word appeared twice in an article by Marino Boric for Oshkosh Engine Round-Up in the September 2011 issue of Sport Aviation. It was new to me, so I thought I'd dig out its origin and share it with you.

A boxer engine is one in which the movement of the pistons is dynamically balanced, where opposing pistons move out together or in together. This includes many high-performance sports cars, our flat aviation engines, and some motorcycles. The name comes from the image of a boxer bumping his gloves together, ready for a fight. According to Wikipedia, only flat, six in line, or V12 engines can be described as having natural dynamic balance.

MULTIMEDIA
Super-Sized Super Chub
Brandon Jewett, EAA 499233, of Brighton, Colorado, provides a tour of his custom-designed "Super Chub" - a bigger-than-average Super Cub made for, as he calls it, "a person of size."  Watch the video
Super Chub
WEBINARS
The Super 18 by Dakota Cub
The Super 18 is Dakota Cub's update and improvement of the Super Cub. It is available as either a kit or ready-to-fly certified aircraft. Both versions will be discussed, but the emphasis will be on the kit version.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted, and they require registration. To find out more about upcoming EAA webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for its generous sponsorship of the webinar programs.

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