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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 4, No. 6  NOVEMBER 2011

FROM THE EDITOR

A Year Since the Passing of a Canadian Aviation Legend
Three years ago I discovered that a man named Ray Fiset who lived in Quebec City would help me track down the Recreational Aircraft Association's aircraft scales. Having made the initial contact with him, I asked Ray the following summer to see if he knew of anyone wanting a ride to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. His response was "Yeah, I need a ride myself!" Read more

Ray Fiset
THE JOHNSTON SPECIAL - PART 1
The following account isn't only a story of an ongoing aircraft restoration. It's an account of a true Canadian pioneer of grassroots homebuilt aviation. Stanley N. Johnston (1898-1998) died shortly after his 100th birthday. During his lifetime, he built six airplanes, one each decade from the '20s to the '50s and two in the '60s. The Johnston Special that I'm currently restoring is the second of two Johnston Specials, and it flew in the late '60s. It was also his last. But let's start at the beginning. Read more Stanley Johnston
Tanis Aircraft
CANADIAN CURRENCY - NO, NOT THE EXCHANGE RATE!
As the days grow shorter, we think about winterizing our aircraft, or at least we anticipate fewer opportunities to go flying. We all like to keep our flying interest alive during the winter. November is a good month to review our currency, or "recency" as the Canadian regulations would have it. Read more
KNOW YOUR AIRSPACE, KNOW YOUR ROUTE
Many VFR pilots steer clear of Class C airspace and ATC. I am fortunate to have a son-in-law who is a controller in the tower at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto. His name is Ken Oates. I asked him if he would consider writing us some guidance based on his own experience. He kindly agreed to share some thoughts based on what ATC might want you to know even if you are trying to avoid them! Read more Know your route
HOMEBUILDER'S REPORT FROM THE MD-RA
If you've never tried to build an aircraft in Canada, you may not know much about the process involved. Canada has a slightly different system to the United States, and in future articles we will be seeing some interesting items directly from Allan Mahon, the general manager of the Minister's Delegates - Recreational Aviation (MD-RA) inspectorate. As opposed to the term "experimental" used in the United States, Canadian aircraft built at home are called "amateur-built". Read more Report
LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG SKI FLY MEET SET FOR FEBRUARY
The fourth international skiplane fly-in (February 18, 2012) on Lake Memphremagog on the Quebec/Vermont border is a unique international event in that it requires no formal interaction with U.S. or Canadian Customs. Canadian and U.S. pilots will fly to the lake and land on their respective sides of the border. Participants will be allowed to gather on either side of a temporary line in the snow on the frozen lake and are encouraged to bring chairs and a lunch. Officials from each country will be on hand and participants will be allowed to mingle with each other during the event only, but no items will be allowed to be passed across the border. The weather date for the event is February 19; contact George Weller for more information or visit the event website. International Skiplane Fly-in
TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVES TECNAM P2006T LIGHT TWIN FOR SALE
Canadian flight schools wishing to provide up-to-date twin engine instruction will be delighted that they have a new choice in aircraft-the twin Rotax 912S powered Tecnam P2006T. Transport Canada certified the aircraft at the end of October. With the option of a glass cockpit, the P2006T would make a good choice for a twin trainer. Read more Tecnam
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Sport Aviation, December 1974
Building and Flying a Piel Diamant

The three- to four-place Piel Diamant is essentially a development from the well-known two-place Piel Emeraude design which in 1966 Montreal-based Gene Littner sold for $100 US. There are, however, many major differences, the most obvious being the longer cockpit, increased wingspan (31.5 feet instead of 26.5 feet for the Emeraude), and the redesigned tail. Read more

From the Archives
AVIATION WORDS
This month we focus our communications skills at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) phonetic alphabet. We use it all the time. However, reading through the pronunciation rules, how many of us know that, not only are the numbers pronounced in very specific ways, but a couple of the letters would trip most of us up? Read more
STEVE TAYLOR'S AIRVENTURE BLOG
EAA staff took advantage of the relatively favorable weather this fall to get lots of things done on the AirVenture convention grounds in preparation for the 2012 convention. Along with the usual clean-up and repair work - like smoothing the ruts left in Camp Scholler - they've also worked with airport staff to replant grass along the turf taxiway next to Runway 9/27, and reseeded the area damaged by the F-16 overrun at the north end of Runway 18/36. One major goal before 2012 is to address the mud and dust in Camp Scholler. Read more in the latest installment of Steve Taylor's AirVenture Blog here.
MULTIMEDIA
First Flight Prep
This month John White conducted an EAA webinar that explained complex maintenance information for homebuilt aircraft, including advice, recommendations, and precautions one should take while preparing for a homebuilt's first flight. Watch the webinar
Multimedia
WEBINARS
Building a Canadian Amateur Built Aircraft
Join Jack Dueck, an experienced homebuilder, as he reviews the rules and inspections related to building your own aircraft in Canada.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST 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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